Menya Musashi

21Sep18b
Boys recently discovered that they like ramen. So we had dinner at the nearest nicest ramen restaurant … to celebrate the last Friday that T is an 8 year old!

Why ramen? It’s a long story. Boys have been telling lies and cheating us for a few months. They were sneakily accessing the Internet after school when nobody else was at home with them. They played computer games. We found out, scolded them, they played again, we found out, scolded them, they played again … and the cycle continued. Many exhausting weeks of scolding later, we finally decided that we had no choice but to physically remove the modem wire from their modem EVERY SINGLE DAY before we go to work. We really wanted to be able to trust them by having the laptops and modem in plain sight. We gave them to many chances and taught them to be self-motivated not to fall into the trap. But T just could not resist the free cheese in the trap.

As a result, we banned them from eating their favourite food till next year September. K cannot eat udon and T cannot pasta. Within just a fortnight, they discovered ramen because well …. I think it is the closest match to udon and pasta. Wonder what other new food loves they would discover in the whole year.

 

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Admiralty Park

8Sep18
Met with cousins at Admiralty Park over the Sep school holidays weekend. It was a super long drive from home to the park, almost as if we were driving to Johor.

T said the park was very good. K said that the park had lots of slides that were fun. Sigh, their vocabulary is so limited.

Bangkok in September 2018

1Sep18
First trip to Bangkok for the boys. K really likes the mangoes that are found in Thailand. He eats them at breakfast and dinner everyday, and asks for mango smoothies when we are in the malls.

2Sep18
Nice and cosy eatery (Madam Somtum) near our service apartment. Boys complained about the strong smell in the restaurant. I remembered that when I first visited Bangkok, I too found the fish sauce smell to be pungent. I’ve since gotten used to it!

3Sep18
Laser game at LazGam Bangkok. We played three rounds, and the boys were easy targets for the other adults, lol!

Malacca in August 2018

Always enjoy visiting Malacca. We drove up over the National Day long weekend. Tried out a newish hotel in town – DoubleTree Hilton. Boys were enamored with the Nintendo Switches at the Kids’ Club. 9Aug18.jpg
Spotted this waterfall outside the Illusion 3D Art Museum in Malacca. T said he’s flying.

10Aug18
Was at Wa Zen Japanese Restaurant for dinner one evening. Dinner was reasonably priced and enjoyable, will definitely visit again the next time we pop by Malacca.

11Aug18
Was at Jonker Street Night Market for dinner on another evening. T still likes chicken rice balls v much, he can eat 6 at one go. Along the night market, lots of sweets treats for the boys and lots of savoury treats for me!

 

Dentist

4Jun18
T had swollen gums around March this year. We got a referral to the dental clinic at NUH just to check if it was serious. Kept putting off the appointment after the swell went away.

Finally visited the clinic in June, and after all his checks, quite a lot of cavities were found (swollen gums were due to a particular teeth causing abscess). Since then we’ve been back to the clinic thrice and he’s also visited his school dental clinic once to fix the teeth ONE BY ONE.

And guess what? This boy loves visiting his dentist! He remembers the date of his appointments and keeps reminding us about it. He likes it that his dentist keeps praises him for sitting still (nobody every praises him that), praises him for being so brave, praises him for being such a good boy.

He has made up his mind that he wants to be a dentist when he grows up.

Bits and Pieces in July 2018

28Jul18
(Clockwise)

K tried to make a crossbow with ice cream sticks and glue. Attempt failed. He made one eventually with wooden planks and rubber bands.

Boys played Pokemon cards and country erasers on a lazy Saturday afternoon. K made props to organize the game.

T had a Chinese homework to make a national day card for a friend. He was reluctant to even get started and K ended up doing it all.

The Three Idiots

21Apr18Not the Bollywood Movie, but a series of comics that K drew. He found an appreciative reader in his brother.

Comics are a big part of K’s life. He especially likes Tin Tin (racist but still acceptable), Asterix (when he can’t find Tin Tin) and Marvel (which we don’t like, told him to read less).

Air Zone

22Jun18a22Jun18
Met with cousins at City Square Mall for last minute shopping before school reopens. K needed wet shoes, tops, bottoms for P5 school camp. Cousins went TWICE to the Air Zone. Plenty of nets, plenty of balls, plenty of fun!

Bits and Pieces in May 2018

MayCollageAn owl sent a letter to us last month to invite K to Hogwarts. Letter was signed off by Dumbledore, lol!

T went for his first CCA camp last month. Heard from him that there was climbing and games at camp. He had rave reviews about the camp!

Four time a year, there a “Eat with Your Family Day” and I get to leave work early. Weekday dinners now involve my mum too, because she’s moved in totally to stay with us.

Tourist-ing in Siem Reap

Weather is scorching hot in Siem Reap! Weather averages 33 degrees in the day time, so it’s either that we’re sweating it out in a temple or cooling it off in the hotel pool. I definitely will be at least two shades darker after the trip! After 5.30pm is when most tourist-y activities start.

31May18On one of the evenings, we went for a traditional Khmer dancing (apsara) performance. Dinner was included in the performance and I was only too happy to try the local food! Cambodia’s most famous dish is fish amok or steamed curried fish. The fish is coated in a thick coconut milk and steamed/baked in a banana leaf cup.

31May18aOn another evening, we visited the tourist-y Pub Street. T had a bucket list of things to try after he watched a YouTube video about Siem Reap before the trip. He was mighty happy to find a crocodile burger and ice cream rolls on Pub Street. After Pub Street, we went to the night market for a walk, but the items sold were knick-knacks that I couldn’t really use, so we went home empty handed.

Bayon

30May18And finally, the last temple we visited was Bayon Temple. It was a big site, and it sits in the middle of the huge Angkor Thom complex.  Bayon’s most distinctive features are the massive stone faces that grace its towers.

30May18aI’m not sure if T meant it, but every time I hear him talk about the temples, I hear “Uncle What” (Angkor Wat) and “Uncle Tom” (Angkor Thom).

This point struck me when I went through the photos again. We came across many segments in various temples where rocks were piled haphazardly around neatly constructed walls/walkways. Definitely seems like some form of a reconstruction effort going about. Wonder what these will do to the facade in a few years’ time.

Angkor Wat

29May18Beautiful. Glad we visited Angkor Wat on the second day, instead of the first. Otherwise, we’ll be overwhelmed and not enjoy the smaller temples as much.

29May18aAngkor Wat was amazingly well preserved. We hired an English speaking guide to bring us around. Fun facts we picked up from our guide – how to use the panorama feature on the phone, how it took only 37 years to build the temple, how the stones with holes were transported by elephants, why so many things are symmetrical inside, what are the five levels of greeting in Cambodia.

Angkor Archaelogical Park

28May18aWe went temple hopping today. Visited Preah Khan (large and flat), Neak Poan (small, surrounded by water), East Mebon (my favourite, intricate carvings), Pre Rep (had to climb), Ta Prohm (tree temple, tomb raider style).

28May18It was considered a tour because we booked a tuk tuk to bring us around the whole day. But we had no English speaking guide, so we downloaded an app on the temples and spent a few minutes to read the key features of the temples before we stepped in. Not ideal, but at least that allowed us to walk at the pace we wanted.

28May18bK liked the tuk tuk driver v much. He didn’t go to three of the temples. He opted to stay behind on the tuk tuk to snack and chat with the driver. Driver even let K try out his hammock!

Hello Siem Reap!

27May18June school holidays have started! KL wanted to visit somewhere we’ve not been before, so he picked Siem Reap. Great, I’m definitely looking forward to what I’ll discover in the next seven days!

27May18a
Accommodation for the first half of the week was at Koulen Summit Condo. Our apartment was homely and nice. Food was good, and I especially liked the seafood fried rice that they served at breakfast!

37 years old!

20May18aRather unceremoniously, I turned 37 years old over the weekend. Thankful that I am healthy, that I am still alive, that I can afford the time and money to eat out. I definitely ate way too much sashimi and seafood over the weekend!

20May18b
Kok Loon turned 39 years old. Happy birthday to him and happy anniversary to us too!

20May18c
Received two cakes from my colleagues this year. One was a Hawaiian pizza cake, lol so innovative! T ate half of that cake. Boys made cards for the both of us. Mine came with vouchers for them to keep quiet and clean the house, lol!

Jogging in Bangkok

14May18We go to Bangkok at least once a year, without the boys. We go there so often that I rarely blog about the trips anymore.

But this time round, we did something interesting. We went for a long jog along the Saphan Taksin River. Destination was Anantara Riverside Bangkok. This was the first hotel we stayed in when we visited Bangkok 15 years ago. Then, it was known as Marriott. So nostalgic!

Dates

12May18

Awesome to go on separate dates with the boys!

On Saturday, T and me had lunch at Clementi. He wanted to eat mac & cheese at Swensons. After that we popped by the library, he went for Chinese tuition, I hung around at the mall, we met up to return home.

On Sunday, K and me went to Ikea for a few hours. I wanted to look at candles and frames. He plonked himself on a couch to read his comics + wait for me. We had dinner, walked around some more, and returned home.

Road Safety Park

21Apr18
T likes the Road Safety Park so he always asks to go there when the adults can’t decide where to jog. Today K bought his skateboard instead of his scooter. He skated 4km, so that’s a good distance considering that he’s still trying to get used to skating!

14 April 2018

14Apr18
It was a good Saturday. K invited T to use his one hour screen time voucher. T washed dishes for everyone. K stuck 3D lenses on the binoculars so everything appeared red + blue. I made honey green tea with aloe vera for the boys as an after-lunch snack.

Random conversations with an eight (and a half) year old

14 Mar 18
T: If I have a clone, I will make him go to school.
Me: 然后你做什么?
T: I rest. And make him do things.

30 Mar 18
After a fight
T: I know why Kaizer is like that. People of his age are like that.
Me: You mean teenagers?
KL: He has been like that for many years.

30 Mar 18
T: I want to go to Harry Potter school
Me: You are a muggle.
T: I am not. Lead can appear in my mechanical pencil and ink can appear in my pen.
T: I am not a muggle.
(And in this whole conversation,KL does not know what is a muggle because he has not heard the term before – only mugger)