Sunday, February 26, 2017

picnic birthday party

a picnic party for my godson

it was unusually chilly that morning,
with a little bit of shower for a short while
it was perfect

perfect as in not as crowded and noisy as usual
and also easier to find parking *smile*

it felt like we had the whole park to ourselves for the most of the morning

the kids rode on their bikes
played games on the grass

the lovely cake made by joanna

and it was little bb's first of a few things
first time eating inside a tent
(boy, lucky we had a tent as it was quite chilly and windy)
first time tasting a birthday cake
first time playing with the frisbee

happy birthday dear owen
kai ma is very proud of you and have so much pride in seeing you growing up!
may you be blessed with love, hope and health.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017

sharing * siblings love

breakfast time!

your food is my food

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

home sweet home

couldn't be happier to be back home


the light box still said "happy chinese new year"
i tasked little bb with the job to put up a new message

guess what it was?


sweetness to infinity!

i never thought of using this color combination,
i.e. black, color, black, color
well done little bb!
you gave mommy a new inspiration!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

bye paris... hello home!

finally i am done here!

today is my last day in paris
and i am flying back home tonight!

i have been thought that bbb seems to miss me
he would stop crying when he was given my clothes to sniff

i was also told that he tried to kiss the screen of the phone
when being shown the video selfie i took for him....  

i just counted
i had close to 30 meetings in just 3 days!
this is definitely my personal record!
i don't think i want to talk for the next few days!
i have done enough talking!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

things you won't do at home but will do in the hotel

....  like eating in bed!

i have always like french onion soup
but it's not easy to find yummy ones in town

when i saw it on the menu at the hotel
how could i not order it?!

it wasn't bad!
very thick and cheesy!

bon appétit

Monday, February 20, 2017

bonne nuit

everyone keeps saying to me 
what a waste to go to paris
and not spend extra days to walk and shop around

yes, it's an extremely short trip
it's probably not worth all the traveling
i couldn't bear being away from my boys for a single minute more than absolutely needed

good or bad
the day seems to go by quickly as there are so many meetings

just three more days and i will be back home

extremely sleepy...

Sunday, February 19, 2017

my travel companion

while packing for my business trip
little bb handed him this figurine
he wanted me to take it with me 
as he couldn't go with me

sweet huh?
yes and no

yes to his sweet thought of having something to keep me company

no as this figurine was from the kinder chocolate egg his grandma gave him
grandma made a mistake and got him the egg for girls
with much excitement, he opened the egg
to only find that it is a "girl's egg"!
he then quickly decided to give it to me....


he asked me a few times 
why i had to fly
why i couldn't take him with me
why i had to be away for so many days
(not that many days actually, just four days...
i tried my best to squeeze everything into four days)

i was secretly happy with these questions
i think he would miss me


flash back a few days
little bb was especially sticky....

as soon as i came home from work
he would stick to me
asked me to accompany him to brush his teeth,
to wee wee,
to change into his pyjamas...

gave me big hugs and kisses
wouldn't go to his bed to sleep unless i slept next to him....

insisted i read books to him otherwise he wouldn't sleep
then after i read books
he wanted me to make up stories to him
he instructed me to keep telling him the make up stories until he fell asleep

in my stories,
there are always chocolate and candies
and of course him and his little brother

telling him the stories as i pictured them in my mind and made up the next scene
i would watch him...
eyes closed, 
a silly grin
i could tell he is very contented....

i would stay until he was really asleep

it's super cute and sweet
despite of my roaring tummy from hunger....
i could only start having my dinner after both him and bbb fell asleep



me in the hotel room
feeling little bb with me

Friday, February 17, 2017

it's finally friday but...

it's has been terribly hectic at work
meetings after meetings

for a couple of nights, i missed the boys' bedtime
and wasn't able to do our bedtime stories

then for another couple of nights,
i came home really late
where i took quite bites, showered
and it would be past midnight already

the days ahead are not particularly *brighter*
as i need to travel for work

am already missing the boys terribly

today is friday and i thought i could leave earlier
but no...
i should have known
there is always something that will happen at the eleventh hour....

throwback: pink was his favorite color

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when little bb was 3+ years old....
i simply couldn't handle the way he talks...
too cute!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


they are look really yummy...


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

happy valentine's day

it's the saying....
no expectations, 
no disappointments

as usual
no expectation today

it turns out
i got little things in return....

an unplanned lunch date with somotu

little bb came running to me 
presenting this rose to me 
when i stepped into the house tonight
"happy valentine's day!"

a flower made by little bb....

after giving me the rose
he asked if he could have some colored paper
all i have was tissue paper
and it turned out to be perfect for his little project

i handed over the stack of tissue paper to him
he asked me to cut them into squares
and asked for a pipe cleaner

with all that
i watched him folding the paper into a fan
stacking them
putting the pipe cleaner around them
and patiently peeled down layer by layer
into this gorgeous flower

i absolutely love it
made with so much care by little bb...

xo xo

p.s. i asked him who taught him how to make it
and it was his homeroom teacher.... so lovely!

Monday, February 13, 2017

it's done!

one little happy customer!

i must say the material is very soft and cozy
hugging bbb in this sleeping bag is like hugging a little sheep

Sunday, February 12, 2017

pampering myself

makeup with my initial
how can i pass it?!

from a friend......
too cute
i will need to wait for a night when it's totally worth it
i.e. plenty of time to myself without getting any interruption (the boys)

Thursday, February 9, 2017

his latest tricks

* pointing with his index fingers
* babbling, the sound that he makes the most is "da da" 
* teething, four upper front teeth and two lower front teeth
* eating habits, likes fruits and our food...  can hold a thin slice of apple and munch by himself, same for veggies and meat (he doesn't like them mashed)
* his favorite person: his big brother!  because big brother is always acting silly which makes him laugh
* his laugh: loud and super giggly
* he loves going out with us!  gets disappointed when he sees us leave for work on weekdays
* loves crawling around the house and puts basically anything he comes into contact into his mouth
* can pull himself up
* can stand for a very little short while
* (i think) he enjoys the morning sleep in our bed after big brother has gone to school...  at least i do!  i love feeling his little toes while we are sleeping
* when he doesn't get what he wants, it really shows!  a loud grunt!
* he does the piggy mouth just like his big brother when he was his age
* most days his eyes are small, but some days they are huge *laugh*
* though he doesn't seem to know his name yet

just one more month and he will be 1!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

fitting session #1

a sleeping bag which i have wanted to make for bbb for a long time
finally have the time!

this is quite a big project *laugh*
at least not one that i could finish within a night....

i started with the bits and pieces

and last night
was the assembling...

first fitting session...
no pattern or anything
measurement are mostly based on gut feeling!

generally ok!
but running a tiny little bit too short

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

practice standing

with big brother


with toys

Sunday, February 5, 2017


compared to little bb
i have done or made very little things for bbb

less time
less energy

just in case if bbb gets to read this in the future
for the record,
it's not that mama doesn't love you
it's just that there are too many things mama needs to handle and attend to,
and that mama is almost 6 years older now!

today, i finally had a bit of time to start a memory book for bbb....
wanted to trace his little hands and feet next to mine in the book
jot down little things we have done together

just to manage little bb so that he doesn't feel like i favor bbb over him
before i started doing the book for bbb,
i showed little bb the memory book i did for him.

in fact 
it wasn't just one book,
there were actually a few of them!
(consider the amount of time i had back then compared to now!)

this particular book was put together when little bb turned 3 months old....
he was very interested with it
and read every page....

he asked whether he could write on it.
of course dear!

then, seeing the tracing of his little hands,
he wanted to trace his BIGGER hands now...

what i thought to be just a few minutes of throwback time
turned out to be quite a long while
and definitely worth over anything else....

little bb looked at the above picture for a long time
when i asked,
he took awhile and
asked why i look different....

i asked him how different....
it took him even longer to give me the answer....

he said
mami, why you look younger???

all i can say to him is

yes my dear
cuz it is six years ago
and it's not an easy job to take care of you and baby brother

i need to apply facial mask more often

Saturday, February 4, 2017

home cooking

it's been awhile since i last cooked
tonight's menu:

Friday, February 3, 2017

which side are you on?

the heroes are home!

ironman - he made

cap A - i made

Thursday, February 2, 2017

throwback: lost in time

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calling santa claus
to ask for cars as his xmas present...

he even made the vroom vroom sound over the phone to make sure santa claus knows what a car is...
and i love his "please"

cuteness to the max!
i can't handle!

i am missing this cutie pie,
if anyone find him,
please let me know immediately!

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another one....
telling santa he has been a goooooddd boooyyyyyyyyy


it's 10:09pm
this is what i am craving for....

the banana yoghurt loaf + salted caramel sauce

but very bad...
it's a craving that can't be realized....

the last bite dated back to xmas...

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

the kissing machine......

....  and these are just some of the shots.....

and where's sugar?

she is just too cool for pictures......


today is the first day of work after the chinese new year...
yes, i got the post holiday blues.........
and i am missing all my babies terribly