Saturday, August 30, 2014


finishing this book... "quiet" by susan cain

i am a quite a visual person
the first thing that caught my eye when i was walking up and down the aisles of the book shop
was the cover of this book.

it was white...  even the title was white.

the next thing that caught my eye was the line at the bottom of the cover:
"the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking"

with this line, i bought the book.

i find myself nodding my head as i read along...
there are lots of points that i couldn't agree more with...

"yet today we make room for a remarkably narrow range of personality styles.
we're told that to be great is to be bold, 
to be happy is to be sociable...
which means that we've lost sight of who we really are."

"aggressive power beats you up:
soft power wins you over."

"real strength comes from substance."

"soft power is quiet persistence."

this book talks about how introverts can quietly sustain and succeed in a world
that seems to value character over personality.

"without introverts,the world would be devoid of:
the theory of gravity
the theory of relativity
W.B. Yeats's 'The Second Coming'
Chopin's nocturnes
Proust's 'In Search of Lost Time'
Peter Pan
Orwell's '1984' and 'Animal Farm'
The Cat in the Hat
Charlie Brown
'Schindler's List,' 'E.T.,' and 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'
Harry Potter"

Thursday, August 28, 2014

sometimes, you can only laugh

who are you?
"i am darth vader!'
oh my!
"no i am baby darth vader!"


"i am hulk"
oh dear!
"why mami, why you don't like hulk"
he is green and big... like a monster
...  pointing at the bamboo leaves ...
"look mami, these are green too!
but they are not scary!"


what do you want to be when you grow up?
.... silence ....
"no no no, i want to be hulk!"
why do you want to be hulk???
"because i want to be hulk!"
okay, but mami is scared of hulk...
"i will hold you really tight and you run away!"
.... scratching my head....
how can mami run away when you are holding me really tight?
mami is still very scared...
"ok, i will take off the helmut"
but hulk doesn't wear helmut...
he wears nothing but ripped off pants...
.... silence ....
"why mami?  yucky!  dirty!"
yes, that's why mami doesn't like hulk.
"then i am baby hulk!"


and today is his K2 orientation...
he was the only one in class that didn't want to introduce himself and held his head down...
after some mingling, time in the playground
he was running around, chasing his old classmates end to end
ignoring me..  like i was invisible.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

blue sky, white clouds, golden sea

big boys now,
fast and fearless
they don't really wait for us anymore.....

Monday, August 25, 2014

ice skaters

with his little friend

little bb, try making snow angels next time when you fall!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

happy sunday

@ 1:40pm

dragonflies everywhere

funny looking flowers


run run run

finding the stick man....

bee bee, where are you?


@ 4:30pm

being taken care of....

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

his 6th cooking class

cheesecake in a baby milk bottle

this one is really good

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014


an interesting read here 

some good ones:

3) Don’t Read To Your Kids, Read With Them

Call attention to the words. Read with them, not to them.

5) IQ Isn’t Worth Much Without Self-Discipline

Self-discipline beats IQ at predicting who will be successful in life.

6) Learning Is An Active Process

Baby Einstein and braintraining games don’t work.
In fact, there’s reason to believe they make kids dumber.

7) Treats Can Be A Good Thing — At The Right Time

Research shows caffeine and sugar can be brain boosters.  So if kids are going to occasionally eat candy and soda maybe it’s better to give it to them while they study then when they’re relaxing.

10) Believe In Them

Believing your kid is smarter than average makes a difference.


at the end of the day:

"Intelligence isn’t everything. Without ethics and empathy really smart people can be scary."

look at the place we live in right now,
we can definitely use more "ethics and empathy"...
they might this place a bit better....


the clock starts ticking...

this friday, it will be ready!

the one and only scent that i would wear is vanille from laura mercier
but ever since they changed the formula,
it's been difficult to find a replacement....

i read about this brand here
and thought would give it a try.

i went to the shop looking for the one i read about
but ended up getting a different one.

it's interesting how they mix and ready the fragrance in front of you...
and personalize the label...
the only thing is i wish i didn't have to wait for five days before i can use it.
they said it takes about five days for it to settle and to bring out the scent....

it was equally interesting reading the label:
"avoid spraying in the eyes even though love is blind.
in case you insist in doing so,
you should be getting help"

yes, love is blind.

and i am already missing rose 31 
i won't be surprised if i find myself back to the shop soon....

Sunday, August 17, 2014

old acquaintance

i think it has been at least over a year since i last did crocheting....
the tools were like strangers in my hands
i couldn't get my hands work the way they should at first!

kind of scary....

but i finally managed...

felt so good to be connected with these little tools and bits and pieces...


Thursday, August 14, 2014

his 5th cooking class

it was placed on a paper plate inside a plastic bag
i saw it on the dinning table by the time i got home...

honestly, i didn't know what it was...
it didn't look like anything at all
other than it is obvious that it has been crashed, smashed... 

i asked little bb what it was...
and he told me, "don't know mami"

i examined it a bit more and it appeared to be some sort of a sponge cake
with a blueberry and strawberry...

so i tried again, and asked him bit by bit...

what is that thing dark blue in color?

did you have to mix things together to make this?
"............."  silence

what is that red thing over here?
"don't know mami"






ok, so i flipped it over to show him the side with strawberry seeds

oh my, don't tell me you spent the whole morning baking 
but didn't know what you made!???
he laughed and dashed off!
i can only laugh

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

the phone calls

the days have come.....

the days of getting phone calls from home....

i have seen and heard such phone calls received by my colleagues....
and finally,
it's my turn.

first, a call a week on average
then, a call twice a week
perhaps very soon, it will become a call a day
then, a call every few hours.... (though i am not sure if i can handle such frequency!)

but i am secretly happy
and secretly longing to receive these calls.

they are like my coffee breaks during the day,
they give me the best excuse to step away from my desk,
they are like a fresh breeze,
they remind me of what's important to me,
they remind me of why i am where i am,
they make most (if not all) of the problems at work become dust in the galaxy.

it first started with little bb asking our nanny to call my cell phone...
to now, he picks up the phone and call me himself.

his high pitched voice comes through really really adorable and cute..
his sentence structures and vocab used make me crack out loud...

one day,
i picked up the phone and all i could hear was sobbing....
"mami... ma...#*$^@(#$&@($&"
yes dear?
"#*)@&$#($*&" wooo wooo wooo
nanny's voice at the back: "his balloon has popped!"
"mami, why why?"
and apparently no one was listening to what i have to say at all....
it was like eavesdropping little bb and my nanny *laugh*
after some back and forth.... 
i heard nanny saying, "i will blow another one for you"
little bb said firmly and sadly to her, "but you have no air!!"
nanny's voice from the back, "fine, you ask your daddy then.  but you will have to wait till daddy comes home!!!"
at this point, i couldn't hold my laughter anymore
and burst out loud.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

we love 茶餐廳

his favorite:
~ macaroni with ham
~ 餐蛋治烘底
~ baby coffee (aka ovaltine)

my favorite:
~ 腿蛋治烘底
~ 大人coffee (aka iced coffee)


Monday, August 11, 2014


i was flipping through the pictures in my phone and came across these....
these were taken awhile back
during one of the trips to the science and technology park

we spent some fun time hunting for fallen flowers for the chinese homework assignment of the week
and were lucky to have picked up a few along the way...
the best find was a tiny dandelion
it was so delicate,
we used a piece of tissue paper to protect it from the summer breeze
little bb would cry for help every time he felt the breeze on his face...
worrying that the dandelion would be blown apart.
we were fortunate that it stayed, largely, intact and made it to his little workbook

at the time, little bb wasn't really able to draw a flower...
he could only doodle a lookalike....  the green circle with curly shapes around it.

i enjoy doing this kind of experience based learning with little bb alot...

Friday, August 8, 2014


i wanted you to stay on the other side
~ summer heart ~

Thursday, August 7, 2014

his 4th cooking class


he wouldn't let anyone touch them 
"for mami" he said

when i got home,
he asked if he could eat them 
i asked him to wait till tomorrow morning as they could be our breakfast
he then asked if he could have one piece of the sausage...
"yummy, mami, it's really yummy"

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


before the summer vacation started,
i panicked.
1.5 months!  
somotu and i couldn't take that many days off from work...
how would little bb spend the summer?

now, we are half way through...
and gosh,
the days are going by so quickly that i am starting to panic again!

there are so many things i want to do and see with him...
chinese characters that i would like him to learn...
and more importantly,
things i want to show and teach him.
like making his bed after he wakes up,
folding his clothes after he has taken them off,
helping out more around the house,
showering himself....
but there never seem to be enough time to do all...

i still have the vivid memory of my younger niece.
one summer, she flew from the states to stay with us during summer.
she was around 3 years old
but was already totally capable of taking care of herself.
in morning, she would make the bed neatly all by herself.
she helped out around the house during the day...
she was polite and has good manners...
we were all so impressed with her.

little bb needs to work very hard to get close to what my niece was like when she was his age.
we shall keep trying and never never give up (just like one of the songs of thomas).

in the past few weeks,
little bb has learned how to make his bed, fold his clothes and vacuum the floor.
one thing i didn't know was that he indeed has been helping out with hanging the laundry out to dry....
but only limited to his own clothes *laugh*  we need to work on this one.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

his artscape journey

last friday night
we attended the opening ceremony of an art exhibition at the hong kong arts centre.
the exhibition was organized by the centre where little bb has been taking art classes for the past two years.
this year, we were asked if we would like to have andre's work included.

there were a few pieces by little bb.
i must say they are far from being anything artistic or beautifully drawn.
nonetheless, i think it is an interesting, fun and eye opening experience for him.
at least he could see that for his artwork are not limited to being "displayed" at home...

the reason why i insisted to stick with this centre for the past two years 
is that it really allows kids to be creative and learn to be appreciative of other people's artwork and life,
and most importantly the process of creation.

kids are not asked to produce same versions of a chosen work.
drawing skills are not the focus.
rather, they are presented with different materials, books, photographs 
and are encouraged to work on their own work on the theme chosen.
and be creative.

in the piece above, the theme was about life and growth.
kids were shown different type of seeds to feel the texture and examine the difference,
different pictures and books about plants.
they were then asked to think and create their own drawing showing different stages of the seed,
how it grow and the fruit that will grow out...
when asked what was growing from his seeds, watermelon and strawberries were what he told the teacher *laugh*
the lines were rain as he explained that the seeds need water to grow.

in the piece above, the theme was about gardens.
kids were asked to design their own garden after being shown pictures of different gardens around the world and read books about designing a garden.
little bb told me in his garden, there is a pond with fish
and there are flowers and apple trees on the greens.

we were very excited that my godson and goddaughter came too!
it was such a great evening.
thank you!