Thursday, July 31, 2014

his 3rd cooking class




one and only one piece of chocolate chip cookie
little bb saved the one and only one piece he made during his cooking class for me....*smile*and it was our breakfast this morning

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

one friday evening, catch me if you can


































before we head back home,
we walked along the harbour...

neon lights, junk boat, ice cream van, ice cream (which melted in no time, thanks to the heat of summer night), a sea of tourists

the best part, of course, was the slanted sides of the cultural centre.

to little bb, it's a heavenly place for playing hide and seek...
(to me, it's a design disaster...  what were they thinking of when they decided to use such pinkish tiles for the exterior of the building?)
he instructed us, told us when's our turn to hide, to seek....  where to hide...
he had so much fun....

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

one friday evening, the space museum










after dinner on a friday some weeks ago,
we walked over to the space museum.

the original plan was to go there in the morning.
luckily, i checked the opening hours before we left home that morning
and found out that it doesn't open until the afternoon on fridays.

little bb was very disappointed so i promised him that we would go with daddy after dinner.

it's little bb's second visit.
this round, he was more interested at the interactive set ups than the space rockets and space suit models.

though somotu is right,
the place is a bit run down....
seems like the information, models, interactive set ups have not been upgraded...
the videos shown are, as one can tell easily, old and could possibly be the same version played for 10+ years, or at least that how long it feels.

if there is one thing i could ask for,
is a complete set of models of the planets and stars including the sun in our solar system.
and they should be in big enough size, hmmm... the earth should at least have the height of little bb.
some wishful thinking!

one friday evening, coloring








little bb is doing a lot better with coloring now.
most of the them, his coloring stays inside the lines *laugh*
keep it up little bb!

nowadays, little bb asks for coloring pencils and paper as soon as we settle down at restaurants...
and makes me color together with him.

just like him,
i am enjoying it too.
i find coloring quite therapeutic ...


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

qq balls




guess what this is?

scone?
~ no

cookie?
~ no, no

cupcake?
~ no, no, no

who made this?

auntie?
~ no

mommy?
~ impossible

daddy?
~ hahahaha

.
.
.
.

no no no
made by little bb in his cooking class today!

he remembered to save one for me....
it's 9 minutes past midnight right now.

and it's only 2 minutes ago that i finally ate the qq ball.

it's too cute to be eaten...
and knowing it was made by little bb....  i wish i could keep it as it is forever!

yes i know, i am a crazy mama....

he was also given a recipe...
too bad we don't have an oven....

today's his second cooking class and i am glad that he did bring what he made back home for us.
in his first class last week, he didn't.
he told me he made pancakes and ate them all!

i can't wait till next week to see what he has for us!





Tuesday, July 22, 2014

about parenting: empathy

* excerpt from this article *


About 80 percent of the youth in the study said their parents were more concerned with their achievement or happiness than whether they cared for others. The interviewees were also three times more likely to agree that “My parents are prouder if I get good grades in my classes than if I’m a caring community member in class and school.”
Weissbourd and his cohorts have come up with recommendations about how to raise children to become caring, respectful and responsible adults. Why is this important? Because if we want our children to be moral people, we have to, well, raise them that way.
“Children are not born simply good or bad and we should never give up on them. They need adults who will help them become caring, respectful, and responsible for their communities at every stage of their childhood,” the researchers write.
The five strategies to raise moral, caring children, according to Making Caring Common:
1. Make caring for others a priority
Why? Parents tend to prioritize their children’s happiness and achievements over their children’s concern for others. But children need to learn to balance their needs with the needs of others, whether it’s passing the ball to a teammate or deciding to stand up for friend who is being bullied.
How? Children need to hear from parents that caring for others is a top priority. A big part of that is holding children to high ethical expectations, such as honoring their commitments, even if it makes them unhappy. For example, before kids quit a sports team, band, or a friendship, we should ask them to consider their obligations to the group or the friend and encourage them to work out problems before quitting.
Try this
• Instead of saying to your kids: “The most important thing is that you’re happy,” say “The most important thing is that you’re kind.”
• Make sure that your older children always address others respectfully, even when they’re tired, distracted, or angry.
• Emphasize caring when you interact with other key adults in your children’s lives. For example, ask teachers whether your children are good community members at school.
2. Provide opportunities for children to practice caring and gratitude
Why? It’s never too late to become a good person, but it won’t happen on its own. Children need to practice caring for others and expressing gratitude for those who care for them and contribute to others’ lives. Studies show that people who are in the habit of expressing gratitude are more likely to be helpful, generous, compassionate, and forgiving—and they’re also more likely to be happy and healthy.
How? Learning to be caring is like learning to play a sport or an instrument. Daily repetition—whether it’s a helping a friend with homework, pitching in around the house, or having a classroom job—make caring second nature and develop and hone youth’s caregiving capacities. Learning gratitude similarly involves regularly practicing it.
Try this
• Don’t reward your child for every act of helpfulness, such as clearing the dinner table. We should expect our kids to help around the house, with siblings, and with neighbors and only reward uncommon acts of kindness.
• Talk to your child about caring and uncaring acts they see on television and about acts of justice and injustice they might witness or hear about in the news.
• Make gratitude a daily ritual at dinnertime, bedtime, in the car, or on the subway. Express thanks for those who contribute to us and others in large and small ways.
3. Expand your child’s circle of concern.
Why? Almost all children care about a small circle of their families and friends. Our challenge is help our children learn to care about someone outside that circle, such as the new kid in class, someone who doesn’t speak their language, the school custodian, or someone who lives in a distant country.
How? Children need to learn to zoom in, by listening closely and attending to those in their immediate circle, and to zoom out, by taking in the big picture and considering the many perspectives of the people they interact with daily, including those who are vulnerable. They also need to consider how their
decisions, such as quitting a sports team or a band, can ripple out and harm various members of their communities. Especially in our more global world, children need to develop concern for people who live in very different cultures and communities than their own.
Try this
• Make sure your children are friendly and grateful with all the people in their daily lives, such as a bus driver or a waitress.
• Encourage children to care for those who are vulnerable. Give children some simple ideas for stepping into the “caring and courage zone,” like comforting a classmate who was teased.
• Use a newspaper or TV story to encourage your child to think about hardships faced by children in another country.
4. Be a strong moral role model and mentor.
Why? Children learn ethical values by watching the actions of adults they respect. They also learn values by thinking through ethical dilemmas with adults, e.g. “Should I invite a new neighbor to my birthday party when my best friend doesn’t like her?”
How? Being a moral role model and mentor means that we need to practice honesty, fairness, and caring ourselves. But it doesn’t mean being perfect all the time. For our children to respect and trust us, we need to acknowledge our mistakes and flaws. We also need to respect children’s thinking and listen
to their perspectives, demonstrating to them how we want them to engage others.
Try this:
• Model caring for others by doing community service at least once a month. Even better, do this service with your child.
• Give your child an ethical dilemma at dinner or ask your child about dilemmas they’ve faced.
5. Guide children in managing destructive feelings
Why? Often the ability to care for others is overwhelmed by anger, shame, envy, or other negative feelings.
How? We need to teach children that all feelings are okay, but some ways of dealing with them are not helpful. Children need our help learning to cope with these feelings in productive ways.
Try this
Here’s a simple way to teach your kids to calm down: ask your child to stop, take a deep breath through the nose and exhale through the mouth, and count to five. Practice when your child is calm. Then, when you see her getting upset, remind her about the steps and do them with her. After a while she’ll start to do it on her own so that she can express her feelings in a helpful and appropriate way.
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misc




friday night out






breakfast at the squirrel cafe....
what have contributed to my recently acquired fat!






lazy afternoon





he just loves this rocking chair...  it's pink!
and his new friend, black baa baa.





dr bb checking giraffe's health at his clinic


Monday, July 21, 2014

thanks chloe











a complimentary treat to an afternoon tea....
perfect timing with little bb's godmother in town.

the ribbon cake looks really nice and pretty...
and sure enough, 
little bb asked for it the second he spotted it....

with us, was the new friend of little bb...
meet black baa baa.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

run run run












i asked him to pose for me
as i wanna take a picture of him carrying the bag i made for him.
and,
he just couldn't stand still!


p.s.
his shoes....
he says he likes to have the two straps across making an "X'
rather than horizontal to one another...
*laugh*

oh,
and his socks...
*a nightmare*
don't ask me why such a pair of blue socks and a knee length pair too!
he insisted on them..
just when we were about to enter into a lengthy and heated conversation,
somotu stepped in and said just let him decide...
yes yes
i know i should let him mix and match as he is old enough...
and i will just turn my *fashion* eyes off...
*laugh*


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

nice and cozy






a nice discovery,
the squirrel coffee and kitchen.

the cinnamon latte is simply irresistible.
they played nouvelle vague.
the sugared scone was evil and hard to say no to.
there are little zakka items here and there.

in a span of two days, i had three, oops, should be four (!!) cups of cinnamon latte,
one cup of vanilla latte and a glass of iced apple and strawberry tea.

and i am craving for more.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

cook your own dishes










at the end of the first day of conference in utrecht,
the team had a boat ride along the canal to the place for dinner....
(weather was perfect for cruising, bright blue sky, cool breeze.... supplemented by jokes and silly stories)

when we arrived at the restaurant, which was a wharf cellar located below street level, next to the canal,
we immediately figured out why we were told that we had "to work" to have our dinner.

we were to pair up, choose a station and prepare either an appetizer or dessert...
my team mate was very clever to have chosen the simplest dish - crab meat wraps.
it was easy enough for someone like me to be able to make it.

luckily, we didn't have to prepare the entree...
otherwise, it could be quite disastrous, well at least with mine...

it was an enjoyable and memorable evening...


Sunday, July 13, 2014

關於車

我大個做嘢有錢
買車俾自己
要粉紅色

然後買車俾dadi

Dadi asked, "what about mami,
What r u going to get mami?"

買車同埋糖

Dadi said, "but mami can't drive"

唔係呀, mami 家係假家

Dadi with 一額汗 asked, "what about mine?  假家?"

唔係! 係真家

Dadi 舒一囗氣


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

the cutest birthday *cake*





















....  made by dear joanna....
isn't she just amazing!
these cupcakes can't possibly get any cuter..

thanks so much!

p.s.  
brownie didn't get a chance to taste it
as little bb's eyes were fixed on them the second i took them out from the box...




Thursday, July 10, 2014

he's 10!!!!

 photo brownie10yrs-old--2.gif

happy birthday dear brownie

































































we are so lucky to have you with us
you are always so loving, patient and silly
you let your little brother tickle you, play tricks on you without ever trying to get even
you have the biggest nose which make you the cutest heartthrob
we love love love love you....


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

something new, something little







+ vintage lace
+ a page from an old dictrionary
+ a page from little thing magazine
+ lace monogram
+ masking tape
+ ribbon
+ a little token from chanel
+ new picture frame from rakuten.co.jp
= something new for my little room

Monday, July 7, 2014

mission accomplished




i have wanted to make a bag for little bb to bring to his english class for a long while.
weeks came and gone
but i never managed to even start picking the fabrics, the design and coordination.

yesterday, one of the quieter sunday afternoons,
i made myself drop everything else and start working on it.

i could only steal time when little bb was asleep.
so i started when he took his afternoon nap.
took the measurements, sewn the inner and outer pieces,
sewn the little pocket to be added to the inner layer.

just when i was about to move on to the design of the outer layer,
little bb and somotu woke up from their nap
and we had to leave for dinner.

i picked up where i left off very late that night..
drew and cut off the cityscape silhouette, the moon, the clouds...
positioned them together with the superboy iron on
before sewing...

at around 2:18am, it was done!

i could have waited till the following night to finish it
but i really wanted little bb to be able to use it for his monday english class.
and
it's been a long long time since i last made things for little bb....
i really wanted to finish the bag.

this morning, i showed him the bag
do you like it?
"yes mommy!!"

when i went home tonight,
did you tell the teacher about the bag?
"yes"
what did she say?
"beautiful!"

*smile*

i will be leaving the sewing machine on my work table so that i will have no excuse 
not to work on my other projects!


























here, our friend leon making himself comfortable.....