Sunday, April 23, 2017

Saturday, April 22, 2017

then and now........

book #1
book #2
book #3
book #3a
book #4

for no particular reasons
these little book necklaces i made years ago
came back to my mind

those days
when the house was quiet
when things were neat
when minimalism still existed
when nights were long
when energy never ran out
when creativity kept flowing
when the soul felt young

i could spend the whole day and night sitting in my zakka room
admiring my collection of lace
making little things
reading books quietly
no need to tidy up

fast forward 7 years

our world is never the same again

the house is crowded
every corner is packed
it's filled with little voices here and there
nights are short
quality sleep is almost non-existent
resting is a luxury
creativity is a stranger


not a bit of regret

there is a new and real meaning to life

some little bodies i look forward to seeing and hugging when i come home every night

Friday, April 21, 2017

story telling - cont'd

and yes,
our little story telling session in bed before lights are off

we have moved on from chapter 8
we are at chapter 20

the key characters remains: himself and little brother
new characters: his latest "girl" friend (yes, someone is a bit sour)

the place:  continues to be his school

must-have elements:
@ pokemon
@ bad guys or monsters
@ chocolate

the stories are made up randomly
whatever comes to my mind...


usually they will start off a little bit scary
with an unexpected twist of silliness

in the recent chapters,
i made up silly names for the monsters
and that made little bb laughed like crazy!

a pig-like monster called oink-ki-oink-ki-blah-blah

a humongous chocolate monster called waalaa-choco-choco-noon-noon

an angry looking monster called chick-ku-chick-ku-chump-chump

i know
i know
they are pretty lame


funny and entertaining enough for little bb

Thursday, April 20, 2017

be mine

love love love love love 
you two 


Tuesday, April 18, 2017


love t-strap baby shoes
i got a number of them for little bb

he has out grown all of them

it is bbb's turn

Monday, April 17, 2017

choose kind

this is, without doubt, one of my favorite books so far....


i couldn't put down the book once i started reading it
it's genuine, lively, real, funny and sad at the same time

reading it as a mom,
it brings tears to me

i think if i were to read it when i was young,
it would bring courage and loyalty to me

the other day, i was in the bookstore with little bb
and saw this picture version for younger children:  we're all wonders
got it for little bb

we finished dinner earlier than usual
so i took my collection of the wonder series and
introduced them to both boys

i simplified the story for them
and most importantly,
the key message:


above all things

i am sure they won't be able to get all of what i said
but at least it is a good start
and we shall keep going back to these books 
and talk about what we can learn from the characters and happenings

both boys seem to be quite interested....

little bb was interested at this one:  365 days of wonder
which contains a precept for each day of the year

and bbb is interested at the original one....
he keeps flipping through the pages
as if he is really reading it

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Saturday, April 15, 2017

first "swim" of the year

went to ma wan beach to do the easter egg hunt 

it turned out to be little bb's first "swim" of the year
he slipped while carrying water back and forth from the beach
to build their sand castle

he was all wet from head to toe 
with the only set of clothes he had

somotu was able to get a bath towel from a nearby supermarket
i think he wouldn't be allowed to get on the car
as he was dripping!

as for the egg hunt...
yes, the kids got lots and lots of skittles, snickers and sugus

Friday, April 14, 2017

practiced walking & bubbles time

it's the start of the easter long weekend
no special plans today

did a little bit of shopping for myself while the three boys were ordering at the restaurant

after lunch, 
we went to the western kowloon promenade for cycling and a walk

a couple of first's for bbb

~ first time practicing walking outdoors
~ first time playing with bubbles

i am suspecting that this little one will take longer to be able to walk by himself
he seems to be kinda lazy!
after a few rounds of going back and forth between little bb and myself
he wanted to just sit down and crawl 
lean on me

anxious big brother trying to make little brother walk more
so funny seeing the two of them
bbb's shirt being pulled all the way up by big brother

bubbles time!
bbb was unexpectedly not too interested.....
he mostly just stared at them
didn't smile or laugh like his big brother did when he saw bubbles for the first time in his life...

somotu said probably because he figured out that he was strapped to the stroller
and wouldn't be able to catch the bubbles anyway
so no need to get too excited...
if really so,
i really think he has a "lazy" attitude 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

our gang & little milestones

when somotu leaves home to run errands............

all our babies at the door to the dinning room...  trying to get out to the front door
(not pictured here but was present is little bb)


little milestones of bbb:

~ he finally seems to be able to put up his hand, open and close them as if he is doing bye bye
and he seems to be able to make the "bye bye" sound while opening and closing his hands

~ he is copying things we do and he loves that...  like when big brother coughs, he makes the coughing sound; when we laugh like crazy and tilt our heads backward, he does the same;  when i stare at him as if i am angry, he does the same... *lol*


little bb napped with bbb this afternoon......
when little bb woke up, 
he said to us
"little brother's hair is really really smelly!"
we know...
he is really one sweat bomb!

*vintage* little twin stars

i don't like the designs nowadays 
they lack something....
perhaps my mind has already determined what 
little twin stars should look (or smell) like

these look vintage don't they?
they aren't
got these from a friend 
who got them from taipei

they evoked nostalgic memories of childhood 

especially the mini notebook on the left...
how the two set on the bench 
just showing the side of their faces...
and the lace-y border around the frame.....

i can almost smell my childhood

some of his favorite books these days

captain underpants
mighty robots
captain awesome
pokemon go

i find some of them very funny and creative....

and this book: kung pow chicken......
oh my
i am giggling to myself while reading it

egg drop as this superhero's sidekick?
new yolk city??!
big egg?!!!
rockefeather center?!
statue of libirdy?!
central peck?!


no wonder little bb won't put these books down.......

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

little milestones: going out @ night

last friday night,
little bb was invited by his school friend to watch a performance 
(the happy prince)

this is the first time ever he went out at night without us

after his regular basketball class,
he was picked up by his friend and his mommy...

had dinner with their other friends
and went for the show...

back at home,
the house was very quiet....
yes, some peacefulness for us *laugh*
but yet, something is missing...

i usually mute my phone
but that night 
i switched the sound on
just in case

9:00 pm..
9:30 pm.....
10:00 pm....

my phone didn't ring

somotu said to me, maybe you should whatsapp them

of course they were alright
just that we were too anxious *laugh*

the mommy called and asked if they could take the ferry 
as the boys would really love to...

of course!

next thing i know,
i got pictures of the boys having drinks while waiting for the ferry at the pier

somotu drove over to pick them up shortly

after a long night (for us, definitely not for him)
he was home....
extremely tired

he was so sleepy that i needed to help him shower

while he was changing into his pyjamas
he said
"i really had a good time with him tonight
i am really very happy"

within seconds after he got changed,
he was sound asleep...

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Monday, April 10, 2017

Sunday, April 9, 2017

the *ultimate* pokemon card holding

the idea came from a book i bought during my trip to osaka last summer

the book was about embroidery work of children's drawings by their mamas
the drawings are added to handmade bags, totes, bibs, blankets, etc

i never got around to start something similar
until friday night
when i saw one of little bb's drawing in his notebook

it's one of the pokemons...
latios must be its name as written by little bb

it didn't look too complicated
and actually a bit cute 
so i decided to give it a try

the stitching didn't take as long as i thought
the blue parts of the pokemon was obviously which needed the most time
but was also the most interesting part
interesting as in the direction of each stitch 
to ensure the end product will look smooth and natural

i had in mind a zipper pouch, with short handles for ease of carrying around...
inner compartments for different types of card

honestly, i don't really know how these cards work
and what all those symbols and numbers meant...

little bb always mentions EX and energy

so i decided to stitch these letters to each of the compartments....

testing testing
the cards fit!

originally i stitched two EX
but little bb told me about MEGA
so i undo one of the EX and did MEGA

instead of the yellow zipper i chose
he wanted blue as he said
"it will match with the color of latios!"
no problem, the end user rules!

it is the first time for me to add handles to a zipper pouch...
wasn't sure if it would turn out fine

and it did!  hooray!

when it was done,
little bb couldn't wait to get all his beloved cards from his little tin box full of treasures
and put them all in the freshly baked zipper bag!

it doesn't really resemble the real latios
but close enough to little bb's drawing

Saturday, April 8, 2017

embroidery 102

it's almost 1.5 years ago
when i gave embroidery a "serious" attempt

this morning,
i picked up the tools
and started another project

the idea came from a book i got during my last trip to osaka
the book was about embroidery projects by mommies...
the mommies collected drawings of their little ones,
stitch by stitch,
these mommies turned the drawings into embroidery
on bags, totes, bibs, etc....

the other day,
i spotted this drawing of one of the pokemons by little bb
and decided to give it a try

my plan is to make a small zipper bag with handles 
for all the pokemon cards little bb has collected so far

wish me luck!

and yes,
that little foot
that cutest little foot
smelly little foot
is bbb's

it was a quite saturday morning

somotu took little bb to his swimming class

i started the project in bed while bbb was sleeping next to time
as i was sewing, he put his little foot over my legs....

i couldn't help but captured this moment with the phone......

Thursday, April 6, 2017

a day at wonderland.... the legend of hk toys

the kids spent a wonderful and interesting day at the museum of history
and i tagged along as a parent volunteer

we are lucky this year 
as it is hosting a special exhibition
about toys made in hong kong ... some dating back to the last century
read more about the exhibition here and here

the kids, of course, are amazed and excited seeing so many toys
some looking familiar (e.g. thomas the engine)
and new 

new as in they haven't seen before but not necessarily brand new 
e.g. pac-man, paper dolls, old-school wind-up robots....


for some reason, i think lego nowadays is too "polished" and "smooth"
the bricks now are in particular shapes made for that particular part
i missed the bricks from the old days....  
those which we can use creatively to build different things and not just that particular part

the kids also spent time in the other parts of the museum
about hong kong and its history

some sections of the museum are darker
and some sections, like the one above, features "strange" looking creatures
the kids were a bit taken back and some were scared

as seen above, little bb was trying to look after the two girls who were scared....
(one of the girls were so scared that she put her arms around little bb really really tight)

interesting, last summer, 
when i took little bb to the museum,
he was scared by the very same sections

in fact
he was so scared that i needed to pick him up and carried him around!
talking about a five year old needing mami to carry him around like a koala bear!

i can't let him see this as he will get mad at me for telling people about this!

quietly doing their worksheet.....

after the field trip,
we joined some of the parents and kids for afternoon tea....
and wrapped up the happy (but tiring for mami) day