Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Monday, January 30, 2017

run, run, run

on the third day of chinese new year
we all had a good run...

run, run, run

boys are boys....
nothing beats cars

...  learned something new today from little bb....
the english name of this game is duck duck goose.... how cute!

while the mommies and daddies kept shaking their heads (to avoid the running!),
the young ducklings were very very eager to be chosen by the picker....

bbb's first walk on the grass...

Sunday, January 29, 2017

this cute little man

found ways to entertain himself at grandma's place on the first day of chinese new year...

....  he decided he also wanted to give out lai see (red pockets)
though we did explain to him he is not really *eligible* to give them out yet...
he quickly switched to the idea of giving out candies...

for a good hour or so,
he was quietly doing this...  putting candies in the lai see....  

and all of a sudden,
i find this look of his very cute and charming *hahahaha*
so focused and serious!

counted and counted
he decided he had enough lai see to give out

he sat down for some chinese new year savory cakes
while making his own pokemon trading cards

i didn't even know he brought along a ruler, a pair of scissors, a box of coloring pencils,
drawing paper, the pokeman tin box, etc etc
until he laid them all out on the table
...  cuteness to the max ....

Saturday, January 28, 2017

happy new year of the rooster!


he wouldn't stop kissing me
i just love him so much *laugh*

Friday, January 27, 2017


my first batch of red pocket for the year of the rooster is ready to go tomorrow!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

go, go, go! chinese new year is just round the corner!

ever since the arrival of little bb,
have been making red pockets for chinese new year.

this year,
used colored paper and japanese washi paper to form part of the rooster

with very little time left,
made a handful of them....

one more night to go before chinese new year
....  turbo mode is on!

i can do it!

2014 *oops seems like i didn't make any this year!*

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

T 2.0

a new and improved tummy wrapper...
version T 2.0!!!

made with the same cool star wars fabrics (quilted for added warmth) on one side
faux poodle fur like fabrics on the other side...

this is an improved version
the one made before turned out to be a bit too stiff
because of the velcro...

added too many pieces of velcro which made the wrapper stiff...

so this round, i added short strips of velcro instead....

much better.....

sleep tight little bb
don't let the bedbugs bite...

the next project is
sleeping bag for bbb!

Monday, January 23, 2017

yoda's wisdom

"Make your homework more interesting, the pencil case will.  
Yes, hmmm."

made a pencil case for little bb with this really cool star wars fabrics and BB-8 iron on i got from rakuten.
there is even a little inner pocket for his eraser!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Saturday, January 21, 2017

too late? too funny......

we thought of taking boys to do some cycling nearby
by the time we finished with all the errands,
it was almost 6pm...

not wanting to let little bb down,
i said we should still go
but somotu looked concern


it's too late.

it's not tooo late.  it's not even 6!  

it is late.  

what are you concerned with?

it will get dark soon.

so what?  what about getting dark?

it's too dark to cycle.

come on, it's not like it's midnight and we take the kids out...
and it's not too dark.



and so we went 
till the sky turned dark.....

it's actually quite nice...
with the lights on in the area...

somotu is just too funny....

#music credit #peggyhsu

A video posted by @aileenmotu on

Friday, January 20, 2017


love the winter sky
love the details of the leaves
love this place we call home

there appears to be some hint of hope about our home
i really miss the good old days
harmony, hard working, innovative, energetic,
most importantly,
something that has lost his way somehow...

Thursday, January 19, 2017

little salmon rice balls

whip something really easy and quick the other night for little bb
and he loves it!  recipe here.

the recipes in this place look delicious not just for the little ones,
every time i watch the videos,
i can feel my tummy getting ready to roar!

【手を汚さず一度にたくさん!チビおにぎり - 鮭とさつまいもの炊き込みご飯 -】

材料 (作りやすい分量)
・生鮭      2切れ*皮と骨を除く
・酒       大さじ1
・米        2合*研いでザルに上げて水を切っておく
・さつまいも   1/2本 (200g) *皮をむき、1cm角に切り、水にさらしておく
・A醤油      大1
・A酒       大1
・Aみりん     大2
・A顆粒だしの素  小2

1. 生鮭に酒をかけてなじませる。
2. 炊飯器に、米、釜の分量通りの水(今回だと2合炊きの目盛り)、Aを入れて混ぜる。
3. さつまいも、生鮭を乗せて、通常通り炊く。
4. 炊き上がったら、鮭をほぐすように全体を混ぜる。
5. ラップにご飯を乗せ、両端に余裕をもたせて棒状に包む。
6. 一口サイズずつ、ラップごとねじっていく。



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

stroll at the park

perfect weather....

bbb, i can't wait till the day you can chase your big brother around in the park...

i can then just sit back and sip from my cup of coffee *laugh*

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Saturday, January 14, 2017

up and running away

....  just when i was saying that i need to stay strong...

i got sick again...  kind of bad this time...

the flu has gotten to my stomach and it was just bad....

couldn't eat, couldn't sit up straight, major headache, stomache.....

not fully recovered yet

but i am really hoping that health will greet us in the coming new chinese year.......

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

stay strong

took two days off to compensate my boys 
for not being able to catch them before they went to bed for two nights in a roll last week

i had all these things i had in mind to do with them 
as well as things i want to make for them
but the reality is
i was nowhere near my plan

i fell sick

monday, i was able to take bbb to the park for a walk
and picked up little bb after school
but that's about all i could do before i collapse into bed

tuesday was bad
i needed to lie down most of the day because of the medication...

never had i felt so strongly about taking really good care of my health
at times like this,
i felt so helpless for not being to be there for the boys...

i need to stay strong and healthy for them!

Monday, January 9, 2017


.....  never ever will i get enough of these little toes.....


Sunday, January 8, 2017

his first playgroup

the week before christmas,
bbb had his very first playgroup

and as the first time,
both parents were invited to join...
i wasn't planning to bring little bb along
but as soon as he found out his little brother's first playgroup session
he begged to tag along...

luckily, he was allowed to join...
looking at the boys playing together
brought back memories of little bb's first encounter at the playgroup...
how time flies!

and my dear boy, although 6 already,
is still amused and very much fond of the "baby games"...

.....  and here, popcorn...
it just smells too good to pass...

Saturday, January 7, 2017

me as an observer

bbb's first time to the playroom in the clubhouse...

watching them play and interact with each other

this is what i have been waiting for
someone to keep little bb company
that they will become best friends forever
that they will support each other through ups and downs
that they will laugh, cry, fight and get mad with / at each other
that they will share their feelings and thoughts with each other
that they will find sense of security and trust each other with their little secrets
that they will discuss their plans, their goals, their ambition with each other
that they will still have someone to call family when we are gone

Thursday, January 5, 2017

dream on my feet

i think i can safely say, 
quite a number of girls
dream of being a ballerina at some point in the early years of childhood....
well, maybe not exactly a ballerina,
but at least the tutu skirts, the ballet shoes........

i did took ballet classes for a very very very short while when i was a kid...
at one point, i was told that i was too "big and stiff"...
and then i stopped...

but it didn't stop me from easily falling in love with tutus and ballet shoes...

i did try my very best when i saw all the ballet / lace up shoes this season...
but when i saw this pair,
i just couldn't resist
and fall for it.

superhero duos on duty

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

the countdown starts all over again

christmas is officially over.....
even the tree at home is down and packed away 


330+ days of waiting.... all over again....

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

happy anniversary

A video posted by @aileenmotu on

.... after all these years,
these two little beings
made us whole

happy anniversary

Monday, January 2, 2017

he fancies....

he noticed,
he examined
he approved
the colors

the christmas colors....

Sunday, January 1, 2017

hello 2017!

on the first day of 2017.....

....  getting the kids together for a photo
nothing but easy!

while the big boys took off with their bikes
the little ones entertained themselves with their scooters,
peeking at the sleeping bbb
trying to soothe crying bbb

when he finally woke up from his nap....