Thursday, February 26, 2015

bitter sweet indulgence

candied orange peel


some for myself

some as little chinese new year gifts

the color is not too appetizing as i have used brown sugar instead of white this round.
supposedly to be a little bit healthier and less sweet.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

the ferris wheel

that saturday,
was a great one.

in the morning, we celebrated didi's 6th birthday.
we re-grouped for dinner to continue with the celebration.

the fun didn't end when dinner was over.
we walked over to where the ferris wheel was and took the ride.

the kids were thrilled at the height and how small everything looked from up there...
they counted the number of turns we had and were very excited when the 5th turn came....

the night was ended with somotu "showing off" his new toy.....
didi did a great job with his first trial!

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

the carnival ...3

this super giant slide, honestly speaking, looks quite scary....
the slide itself goes round the light tower lookalike and is quite narrow....

to ride it, you will need to first grab a mat (for sitting on it to slide),
walk up the spiral staircase to the top...
then zoom you do down...............

we didn't really think he would dare to go for this slide...
so we asked...  thinking he would say no.
but no, he said yes right away...

as he wished, he went for it by himself.

watching him grabbed one of the mats,
he slowly walked on the stairs... without looking back...

staying on the ground,
we couldn't tell his position inside the tower...  no sound at all...

before we knew it,
some one at the back said, "hey the little boy is getting ready to slide down"....
within seconds, he landed in front of us...

i didn't even get a chance to take a video of it....

we asked him what was it like inside and how did he feel...
"a bit scared when i was alone inside the tower" he said!

Sunday, February 22, 2015


it was little bb's turn to bring rover from school...
each week, a class friend is randomly choosen to bring rover home and take care of...

it was the day before little bb's chinese new year vacation which he brought rover home...
and we brought him with us to cycle...

rover seems to enjoy his ride on little bb's back!

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little bb is doing well and no longer need the training wheels....

we had ice pop afterwards...
and he was the happiest dude!

Saturday, February 21, 2015


more red packets...
i started doodling on one of the red packets with a gold pen
it was so much fun 
and i couldn't stop....

i am already thinking of my red packets for next year...
instead of getting plan red packets,
i should try to make my own so that i won't be limited to the color red....

Thursday, February 19, 2015

happy year of the goat

finished making the red packets 
just in time for chinese new year...

started my little tradition of making red packets as blessings to my favorite little people
since the arrival of little bb....

didn't make any last year (couldn't remember why but probably was just too busy)
but i made it a point to pick it up again this year...

for the first set,
i carved rubber stamps to make sheep

for the second set,
i used washi, traditional japanese paper, to cut out sheep


i wish the best for all my favorite little people...

Saturday, February 14, 2015

the carnival ...2

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this ride made me laugh hysterically...
somotu asked why i was more excited than little bb...
i was laughing out loud while little bb was just smiling...
each time the car turned (a fast turn), i felt like we were being thrown out of the car... it was quite crazy...

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Friday, February 13, 2015

the carnival ...1

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we finally made it to the carnival....
little bb had sooooooooooooooooooooo much fun (with his rides)....
and so did we (with his laughters)...

Sunday, February 8, 2015

father & son practicing

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at one point,
little bb and his newly met friend decided to exchange gears...

little bb got on the little boy's scooter
while i helped the little boy balance the bike...

little bb went back and forth near us 
came back and said to the little boy:


Wednesday, February 4, 2015


as usual
we sat side by side
he was drinking his milk
i was waiting for him to finish his milk

he moved closer and closer to my side
looked at me with the sweetest eyes
leaning against me, he said

"mami, i want to marry you"



"i want to marry you"

you want to marry me?

"yes mami"


"because i like you"


yes, you love me
but you only marry your girlfriend

"but why mami?"

because i am your mommy
you don't marry your mommy
you marry your girlfriend.

"what girlfriend?"


"oh isabel?"

i started feeling sour...

"no no no, tin ching"

very sour....

yes, that's ok...

very very sour

but who do you like the most?

"isabel, tin ching and mami"

no you can only choose one.

"tin ching, isabel and mami.............  and everyone!"

choose one.

"tin ching and mami"


me = one sour and crazy mommy

Monday, February 2, 2015


he said it again tonight after he was done brushing his teeth


"mami thank you for everything you do for me"


"mami let me put cream on myself,
you are tired"


my eyes got teary...
silly me


i read in a translated japanese parenting book 
about boosting a child's confidence and self respect.

so i tried some of the phrases tonight 
i said to little bb that i am really happy to be his mother
and thank you for choosing me to be his mother...

looking confused,
he said, "but i didn't choose."

oh yes you did.


when you were with God, before you came down....


Sunday, February 1, 2015

wow, oh, wow

after shower tonight,

"mami, thank you,
thank you"

scratching my head.....


"thank you for all the things you do for me"



i asked him to towel dry himself while i tidy up the clothes

"mami, i will put on the cream myself.
you are tired.  i will do it myself"




i handed him the clothes for him to put on himself...
"thank you mami thank you"


these are the best words coming from him!

when i asked him whether anyone has asked / taught him to say these lines,

"no, mami why?
i thought of them myself"




i love you dearly...