Friday, December 31, 2010
Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed and happy new year and may 2011 brings you even more happiness, good health and prosperity.
It has been a tremendous blessings knowing you and allowing our life's paths to cross somehow.
God Bless ....
From Daddy, Mommy and Ryan ...:)
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Date: 29th December 2010
Came back from our regular checkup. He/She is now 10 weeks old and is about 3.57cm. Heartbeat is strong and consistent. We can even see his/her limbs. 2 more weeks before the first trimester is over. Wifey is eagerly waiting for it. Her morning sickness is definitely worse than Ryan's. And her cravings ...swings from butter cake to jelly (agar-agar) on a daily basis. Pengsan liow...hahahaha
Last night out of the blue at 9:30pm, she wanted to eat jelly. Fortunately, we reached a compromise and she wanted egg caramel. At least that is still manageble as I can whipped that out in 20 minutes to satisfy her .....The other night, she wanted butter cake late at night. Baking is not exactly my strong point. So I offered her my finger spread with butter instead!! HAHAHA.
Also managed to contact the confinement lady who worked for us during Ryan's arrival. Fortunately, she is still available for June/July next year. Another hurdle solved. Was a little worry when we couldn't reach her for the past several weeks via her mobile.
I'm actually glad that I have started his blog as I find myself referring back to it to prepare ourselves for his/her arrival this round. And looking back at our journey with Ryan brings back many fond memories of Ryan when he was still so tiny ....:)
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
The flight was only an hour away but the trip was pretty expensive. Our tour includes a two way Korean Air air ticket from Seoul to Jeju, 2 nights stay at a 4 star hotel (breakfast inclusive) and a private English speaking tour guide.
On arrival, we told our guide, Peter, that we had not taken our lunch and he took us to have the best black pork BBQ ever. Apparently Jeju is famous for their black pork which came from the domestic black pigs. The pork was so juicy and tender even after we BBQ them unlike those we had back in Malaysia. (They were so delicious that we insisted that he took us back to the same restaurant for lunch before we board our flight back to Seoul).
After lunch, we were brought to this stretch of road known as the Mysterious Road as cars or buses are known to apparently `roll' uphills magically when their engines were switched off. Well, our car did `roll' up the hill and the explanation were pretty interesting.
The road `looked' like it is going downhill but our car has just `rolled' all the way up from the `bottom'. If you look carefully, all the traces of water actually ran `uphill' and not `downhill'.
Next, we were taken to visit the Dragonhead Rock also known as Yongdu-Am located at the western end of Jeju. Because we touched down at Jeju Island at around 2pm, by the time we arrived at Yongdu-Am, it was almost dusk, yet the place was still packed with tourists, all trying to get the best spot to have their picture taken. I'm not sure though which part of the rock resembles a dragon head but the structure does look interesting.
With the fast fading light, it was rather difficult to grab any good shots and without my tripod, all I could do was to support my camera on some rocks and took 3 shots at different exposure and using an HDR software to produce the shot above.
By the time we arrived at the hotel it was almost 8:30pm and we were dead tired but eagerly looking forward to the following morning.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
It seemed that the morning sickness for this one is worse than when she had Ryan. Last week was really bad when she felt nausea the entire day with no appetite to eat and can hardly drink any water.
To make matter worse, one of her tooth which has a previous hairline crack, cracked. It was so painful for her that she hardly got any sleep for 2 nights. We have no choice but to make an appointment with our dentist.
When we told him that she is 5 weeks pregnant, the first response was `OH. Sorry. I don't think we can do anything about it. Can't even give u an X-ray."
We were naturally stunned and worried because how on earth is she going to endure the excruciating pain for the next 8 months? We asked him again whether can anything be done. After thinking for awhile, he said, "I could give you some anesthetic."
The obvious next question that we would ask would be "Is it safe?"
He took out the leaflet, circled a part of the description and pass it to us and said "Read this please .." That part read something like ..."...this has not been tested for pregnant women. However, it has been extensively on pregnant women with no known side effects...."
He looked at us and said "OK?"
I was like "Do we have a choice?" Anyway, after giving it some thoughts and knowing that she would not be able to stand the pain for the next 8 months, we went ahead with the anesthetic. On inspection, it was confirmed that the tooth did crack and has to be extracted. In fact it was so bad that it actually broke into TWO during the extraction.
She was given panadols for the pain which only offered minimal relief. It was a painful day for her and equally painful for me to see her going through it.
Thank God, the pain went away the following day. And thank God, that the nausea only comes in the morning and she has started to have an appertite to eat.
And her cravings is like..."fried rice now, boiled carrots next, brocolli the next instance and longan water in the middle of the night!" Hahahaha...
Like I said earlier, it would not be an adventure if it is not exciting and this one proves to be a real adventure from the word `GO!'
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Months ago, we were informed that Ryan will be taking part in his daycare center's concert this year and he is going to dance. We were apprehensive, stressed and worried whether how the concert will turn out.
Knowing now `sticky' he is to us, we just can't help but wonder whether he will just freezes, stopped, cried and called out `mommy' or `daddy' at the top of his voice, right there in front of all the other parents. And with his recent craze over Ultraman, we were even afraid that he will break into one of his favourite Ultraman stance the moment he sees us down in the audience.
We actually have no idea what he is going to do or what he is going to wear. It was meant as a total surprise to us ....And surprise we were!
Well, the day finally arrived. We managed to get him up by 7:30 a.m. (which itself was a rather big achievement). Got him cleaned up and sent him to Yuk Choy School at Taman Megah. He was making a fuss when we drop him there but we had to and left promptly for our breakfast so that he could get changed into his costume.
His concert was supposed to start at 10:00a.m. His grandmother, uncle, auntie and cousins including his kakak turned out in full force to support him.
After the principal's speech, all the children came out in their costume for the national anthem and OMG, there he was in his cute brown and yellow mouse costume. He looked a little lost and seemed to be searching for us. As he was marching down, he saw his grandma, pointed at her and shouted `Po Po!' We were like ...oh oh...he is not going through with his dance routine...
Anyway, his class was next. Out they came marching in a line and there he was, our little MOUSE dancing to the tune of `The Lion sleeps tonight'. He was shaking his bum, and trying as hard as he could to follow his teacher's every move in front. The moment the song finished, he marched forward and waved at his mommy! OMG! The teacher managed to get him back to his position while he danced next to the tune of Macarena! As I was taking the shots, I just could not help laughing looking at him shaking and waving his hands. He was the shortest of them all and in the cutest costume and there he was, trying his very best to do what he was taught!
And that moment, PRICELESS! AND WE ARE SO PROUD OF OUR LITTLE MOUSE!
Sunday, November 21, 2010
The place was totally crowded and according to our guide is one of the favourite tourist destination not only for foreigners but locals as well. Many will attempt to trek up the mountain and visit the many old temples located up on the mountains.
Mount Seoraksan has many peaks, some of which will be shown in the pictures below. Seoraksan is the third highest mountain in Korea.
We arrived at about 12:30pm and had to wait till 2:30pm for our cable car ride to the top. While waiting, we walked the grounds of the Seoraksan National Park which offered a spectacular view of hundred years old temple in clear running streams and trees in their midst of changing their leaves colours.
The ride to the top was merely 5 minutes. Once there, we tracked down to a small temple supposed to have been there for the last 1200 years!
Next it was a 20 minutes track up the highest peak, the Daechongbong Peak which is 1708 meters or 5603 feet above sea level. Once there, the view was simply breathtaking.
This is one destination that everyone who visit Seoul or Korea should try to explore.
I've visited Seoul before and this round I was determined to discover Korea outside Seoul. So, I booked myself for a day trip to one of their most famous mountain - Mount Seoraksan. The cost is about USD170 and it will take 3 hours drive to get there and back.
I was lucky that there were already 2 other Singaporeans who have booked the same tour and hence I merely joined them (they required a minimum 2 pax for each tour). The tour operator picked me up from my hotel at 6:45 am the next morning and we were on our way.
It was a cold 6 degress morning. I was a little worried when the van that we were travelling stopped a couple of times by the road side when the tour guide told us that they were having some mechanical issues with the van. I was just hoping that we could get back to Seoul in one piece, especially when we are supposed to be going up and down the mountain roads!
On the way to Seoraksan, we stopped by a traditional fresh fish market at Daepohang (apparently one of the fast disappearing scene with rapid commercialisation). It was simply breathtaking looking at their way of life and the sheer numbers of fresh sea food available!
After a quick tour at the fish market, we went on our way to the summit of Mount Seoraksan ....
Monday, November 15, 2010
Just arrived at Tanjung Rhu Resort in Langkawi for a 5 days 4 nights holiday. Took Air Asia and it was the first time for Ryan to take a flight. We wanted to test and see how he fares taking a flight.
As expected, he was totally excited and overwhelmed at the airport. We managed to get him a window seat and he was enjoying himself watching the clouds.
Tanjung Rhu as expected, is amazing just we remembered it. This round, we got upgraded to a much larger room with a sea view balcony. As at this moment, I'm updating this blog while watching Ryan frolicking and having a great time in his own private jacuzzi in the room.
Will update pictures of this trip once I finished uploading the pictures of our trip to Seoul.
We took a package that is includes all food (room service, mini bar, fine dining etc) and drinks. So it's going to be nothing but eating, drinking, swimming, relaxing and back to the eating routine.
Looking forward to have a round of golf at Gunung Raya Golf Course too.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
My mother in law has been very gracious to come over to take care of Ryan with the help of the maid for the week. (Thank God for mother in law!!) And we have installed CCTVs at home where we could log in from the web to look at him whenever we want.
We left on late Saturday night via Korean Airlines. The journey took approximately 7 hours. I could not sleep much and was really tired when we touched down at 6:50 a.m. in Seoul. Took a cab to our hotel (Hotel Grand Intercontinental) located at COEX (where the G20 Submit was held recently). While waiting for our room, we walked around our hotel, grab our breakfast and took some pictures.
View of our hotel. It's autumn now in Korea and the leaves had just started to change colors. I was hopeful for more dramatic pictures of red, orange, yellow and green leaves. The morning temperature ranged from 2 to 6 degrees, hitting 12 to 18 degrees in the afternoon.
After checking in, we took a nap (which ended up to be a pretty long one!). Since it is autumn, the day is rather short and the sun set by 4 to 4:30pm.
We went for a relaxing walk at a typical Korean temple near our hotel.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
This is Ryan's latest craze now. Whenever he goes, he wants to bring this `Man' with him. Even sleeps with it. Needless to say, he has been imagining that we are his monsters and he is the ultimate Ultraman, kicking, punching and ever crossing his arms to sent out a burst of deadly laser ray. And raising his arms to `fly away' victoriously with that ever recognizable `huiiizzzzz' sound when we, the 'monsters' pretend to roll over and `die'. Many of my friends have been cautioning me of letting him watch this seemingly `violent' shows...but hei...I grew up with Ultraman and I turned out OK. Yes...there were years when I too were secretly hoping that I could pull out one of those cool penlike gadgets and turned into this superhuman figure that would chop and kick the monster butts and dispense them (at the very last minute with my beeper going `beep beep beep beep) with a burst of my deadly laser rays....
Looking at this figure, it reminded me of my childhood, when television were a rare commodity (and they were only black and white then) and only a few household in the neighborhood would have one. Unfortunately, my grandparents could not afford them. So, when the evening arrived (usually around 4pm) when the show was scheduled to be broadcast, I will make sure that I get the best `seat' outside my neighbour's home (with TV) to watch my favourite hero. And I can remember all our `friends' doing the same thing, glued to the TV for that 30 minutes, `saving' the world in my imagination. Occasionally, when it rained, the neighbour would let us into the house to finish the show.
So attached I am to this hero, that I could still draw him simply by memory today. I remembered that I even drew a couple of my own `comics' of him fighting my very own created monsters and with my own storyboard. I would faithfully coloured them and then sell them to my classmates for RM0.50 !! (Rm0.50 was a lot of money back then!). I would pay a fortune to buy them back because they represents a portion of my childhood and growing up.
Over the years, I grew up and move on to other heroes. But just when I thought I have forgotten him .....he came back into my life...and I'm glad....to relive my childhood moments once again....:)
BTW, this is Ultraman Tiga, created in the 1996 and 1997. The one I watched was the original Ultraman created in the late 1960's and early 1970's.
Have there been items / shows etc that brings back sweet memories of your childhood??
Saturday, October 16, 2010
So, a couple of nights ago, I've decided to give this two dishes a go.
The first is butter cream chicken cooked with curry leaves. Actually it was rather simple. First I marinate the chicken with some Chinese wine, black pepper, salt and sesame oil. Then coat them with corn flour and deep fried them. To make the sauce, I simply put butter, whipping cream, milk and curry leaves into a sauce pan. Add black pepper, salt and sugar to taste. (If you like it hot, adding some chopped `chili padi' would do the trick). Once the sauce starts to shimmer, simply add in the deep fried chicken and thoroughly coat the chickens with the sauce and serve hot. Verdict (from my wife and in laws....) yummy...hehehe..:)
Next, deep fried kai lan. This dish is pretty expensive when ordered in restaurants. It does look intimating to start with and I thought that it would be rather difficult to attempt. Anyhow, I wanted to quench my curiosity. And surprisingly it was rather simpe to prepare. First, separate the kai lan leaves from their stems. Cut the kai lan leaves into long thin pieces. Marianate with some salt. Next, prepare the wok with oil. Ensure that the oil is hot before placing the cut kai lan leaves in. Simply fried till the leaves are crispy. Once they are crispy, take them out from the oil, drain excess oil and serve while hot. (The only set back...this dish is time consuming to prepare and too much oil used)
2 more recipes into my personal log ....eemmmm...what should I attempt next?
Thursday, October 14, 2010
We have always passed by the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas at KLCC without bothering to find out what they are playing. The thought of going for a concert has actually NEVER occurs to us (and we were paying USD just to watch Broadway shows in New York!).
Then a good friend bought us a ticket last Sunday for the afternoon show. The classic Psycho movie accompanied life by Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO). We went with much anticipation because going to an orchestra performance is like so...emmm...formal and cultured...hahaha... We were worried whether we were dressed right etc etc etc.
Well...I have seen the show a dozen times before ..but...to literally see, listen and feel the drama, suspense and passion from a life orchestra right before your eyes is another experience all together ....Needless to say, both of us were hooked and we booked ourselves the next show ...a night with one of my favourite local singer..Zainal Abidin ...
It started with a sand art presentation by one of our local sand artist, Loong Bee. It was quite an experience seeing him creating beautiful displays by simply using sand and a pair of very skillful hands.
We got ourselves a box seat nearest to the stage. And the moment finally arrived, he walked in in all his charisma...the man himself ...Zainal Abidin.... He went straight into belting out a medley of old malay folk songs accompanied by the MPO led by conductor Kevin Field. Songs like Chan Mali Chan, Burung Kakak Tua, Enjit Enjit Semut and Kenek Kenek Lah Udang never sounded so beautiful, sung with vocals so strong and powerful, backed by instruments so majestic ...
It was just 30 minutes with the man ...and...when he sang Ikhlas Tapi Jauh, he brought the house down! (The tune is still playing in my head ...). His parting song, Hijau was one of my all time favourite, singing out the need for us to go green and the preserve our mother nature was just simply breath taking ...
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. And for the very first time in our lives, we actually queued to get the souvenir program booklet autographed by him ...and to grab a quick picture of course ...(it was an anxious moment though, cause my DSLR was giving me a memory card error the moment I switched it on!!!)
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Instead, I've decided to cook something real simple and quick at home. Someone in a restaurant taught me and I think it's probably the simplest and fastest way to cook a chicken dish.
I bought two chicken drumstick, strip off the skin and cut into smaller pieces. Marinate them with soy sauce, salt, pepper, sugar, oyster sauce, ginger slices, garlic slices and plenty of chinese wine. Leave them alone for 15 to 20 minutes. Put them into a rice cooker and cook for 15 minutes. And they are done.
So for dinner last night, it was a simple meal of soy sauce chicken drumstick cooked with my rice cooker and baby spinach soup. Not only (I think) was it a better meal as compared to eating hokkien mee outside, at least I can eat more peacefully at home, not having to stress over Ryan running all over the place.
Monday, October 4, 2010
My wife's birthday.
Initially I have wanted to have a nice quiet dinner, just the two of us at Zipangu Shangrila KL and made the reservation for it. Wanted to give her a surprise but on second thoughts, knowing how busy she is with her work, I gave her a call a day in advance to inform her. And luckily I did, because she will be attending some function at Petaling Jaya on that day in the evening and it would not make any sense for us to travel back to KL for dinner.
So, after some thoughts, I guessed the best option would be to turn our home into a mini restaurant to serve our VVIP guest for the night.
Did some quick planning on the menu and informed my maid to be prepared for some cooking that day and that evening for our special guest. For desert, my maid helped me to prepare one of my wife's favourite...Tiramisu.
On the day, I took half day off from my work and went about shopping at Cold Storage at Solaris for the ingredients necessary for the evening dinner. I wanted to make sure that the food are prepared well in advance so that I don't have to be stressed out serving our VVIP guest that night. So, the afternoon was spent in the kitchen, busy preparing with my maid who turns out to be a great help.
And at 7 p.m., Temptations @ Ara is finally ready to serve our special guest for the night .....
One of your her favourite drink. Soda with lemon, lemon zest, ginger with a dash of mint, served chilled.
Soup : Seafood Chowder with clams and shrimps
For the first starter : Asparagus wrapped in bacon, pan seared to perfection, served with a dash of mustard
Followed with the second starter : Pan seared Scallop served on a bed of green salad with home made tartar sauce and thousand island dressing.
Next, we have Lightly pan seared tuna slices served with tartar sauce.
For the main course, pan grilled medium rare ribeye steak, marinated with shiraz, served with black pepper sauce.
For desert, sweet wine tiramisu to wrap up the evening on a sweet note.
My two very special guests for the night. All in all, it turned out to be better than dining at any other restaurant down town.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Who said that times are bad? Who said that people would only spent on absolute necessities?
We certainly don't think so after visiting the Mattel toy warehouse sale held recently at the Atria Shopping Center.
I was informed by a friend of this fair 2 days in advance and it was also advertised in the newspapers. Since Ryan is a fan of cars and planes and since Mattel do carry Hotwheels and Matchbox models, we have decided to have a look 2 Saturdays ago.
It was supposed to be the very first day and the warehouse would start from 10 am to 10 pm. So, when the Saturday arrived, we woke up leisurely and after getting Ryan ready, off we went to Atria. I thought we were early. It was barely 10 am. I figured we could have a good breakfast at Seri Penang before heading up to the warehouse sale held on the 1st floor.
When we reached Atria, we could not find an empty spot on the ground or the 1st level car park, which is highly unusual at 10 am on a Saturday. With no other choice, we drove up the open car park on the highest level and found ourselves a empty slot. As we were making our way down, we saw parents carrying bags after bags of ....TOYS!!!! (and it was only 10:30 am)....
I told my wife that we better head on to the toy fair first before having our breakfast. I was shocked when I reached the entrance. The entire floor was packed!!!! There were empty boxes everywhere and there were also parents hanging on to boxes filled with toys and they were still grabbing for more! I could hardly get near to see what is on offer. It was like a big mad house!!! My `kiasu' gremlin got the better of me that very second. With one hand hanging on to Ryan, I squeezed myself in between some grumbling mothers, fought my way past some frowning fathers, and grab whatever Hotwheels or Matchboxes that I could laid my hands on. There were no price tags. I asked and nobody seemed to know the actual price and by the way everybody is buying, nobody seemed to care.
While I was busy scanning for more toy cars, my wife was on a mission of her own, squeezing in between humid bodies grabbing whatever she thinks will be a good buy (with absolutely no idea of the price ... go figure). After 30 minutes, I had enough. We have managed to grab about 15 items in a small little box, a pale comparison to many who have theirs in two or three large cardboard boxes.
I signalled my wife that we should pay and get out as Ryan is starting to get rather impatient, not to mention me. When we got to the payment line, another shock awaits us. 5 long queues, all waiting to pay. It was another 25 minutes or so before I finally got to pay for my stuff. Were they cheap? I have no idea. I spent over RM300 on toys that morning. But judging from the boxes others are pushing along with their feet, it's merely kacang puteh (peanuts) to Mattel.
As I was about to make way out, I remarked to the cashier that it was quite shocking, looking at the crowd at 11:30 am on the first day of the sale. She looked hardly surprised and calmly told me that people were already lining up waiting for the warehouse sale to start as early as 8:30 a.m!!!!
We walked off, leaving behind scores of parents still waiting for new boxes and bargains to be offered and long queues of parents still waiting to make payment for the toys they thought were a real bargain. As we walked past parents just arriving with their children, I said a silent prayer and wishing them good luck, all the best and happy squeezing and shopping.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Four is currently Ryan's favourite number or the only number that comes to his mind the moment if he is asked to give an answer in numbers.
Daddy: "How old are you?"
Ryan : "Four"
Ryan : "NO...FOUR!!"
Ryan : "Nen Nen (Milk Milk)"
Mommy: "How many (although the correct grammar should be how much)?"
Ryan : "Fourrrrrr..."
Mommy: "Three !"
Ryan : "Fourrrrr..."
Mommy : "Five??"
Ryan : "No ..FOUR!"
Ryan : "NO NO FOURRRRRR!"
Ryan : "Lizat (Lizards)"
Daddy: "How many lizards?"
Ryan : "FOUR!"
Daddy: "NO..only three ...One, Two, Three .."
Ryan : "...Four!" (smiling cheekily)
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
So, we took him to his favourite but expensive `uncle' for a checkup. One look and he confirmed it. To make sure that it was not dengue, a blood test has to be taken.
This super naughty rascal didn't even flinch when his finger was poked the first time. But because he did not drink enough fluids, the doctor was having a tough time getting enough blood for the necessary test. So he had to poke him again and this time, he had to squeezed enough blood for the test. It must have been painful. (His mommy dare not even look and had to look away). But...he didn't cry out loud. He frowned with pain and anger and JUST STARED at the doctor. He all actually had a good laugh over it.
Well, just like the doctor said, the fever subsided on the third day but the red rashes were all over his body and even more this round as compared to the last. It's so pitiful looking at him BUT he is as active as ever !! There is no stopping him from having a good time, playing with his favourite toys ....his daddy and mommy.
His rashes are still there today but is slowly subsiding. I just hope that he will recover fully over the weekend. And meanwhile, daddy will continue to be the monster and he will continue to be his Ultraman, giving me a good whack every now and then.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
I have to almost use force every morning using a wet cloth to clean his teeth and risking getting my fingers bitten by him (which can be an extremely painful experience).
Well, the good news is he finally agrees to brush his own teeth with his toothbrush and even insisted on having his own toothpaste. The trick is daddy has to brush at the same time. And the major factor why he enjoys brushing his teeth now is because he gets to squat next to the wash basin and plays with the running tap water while he brushes his teeth.
Well, at least he is willingly doing it now every morning before he goes to his daycare and every night before he goes to sleep. And I don't have to risk getting my fingers bitten again.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
I have not been updating this blog for quite a while now due to several factors: Busy, Out of the country and LAZY!! ..hahaha...
Just got back from a holiday to Washington and New York. Will post some pictures of that later. We left our Ryan with our new maid (thank God that she is ok after the fiasco we had with our ex Cambodian maid who replaced my previous Indonesian maid) and Ryan's two grandmothers...!
Yupe. You heard me right. We had two grandmothers taking care of him, living in the same house and trust me...don't try it. Will yak about that in another post.
We were transiting in Amsterdam the day Holland qualified for the finals and boy, the entire Amsterdam was orange. And the beauty of FIFA 2010 was, I was watching the finals in Washington with a good friend from college (in his house) whom I have not met for over 20 years !!!! How cool was that! It will be the most memorable FIFA for me ever .....
Of course, come FIFA 2030, I will be even more anxious.......
Cause, Ryan is going to attempt to be the top scorer for that season. Why? Judging from the way he is handling the ball now that he is only 2, I am quite certain that he will get there....Don't believe me, have a look at the pictures above and judge for yourself .....
Friday, July 2, 2010
I've busy taking pictures whenever I have the chance with my new Nikon D90, enjoying a passion that I've since my younger schooling days and which I have set aside until recently. My younger sister too has got her new Canon iXUS and hence, we have been busy snapping away, either at food, places we visit or our model, Ryan himself.
Obviously, he has been observing us and recently, he has also learnt to pose for us whenever we asked him to.
A few days ago, my sister bought him a toy camera and what transpired about that was nothing short of amusement and awe. Immediately, he was imitating us, turning his camera this way and that and even attempts to take his subjects from different angles or from under the table.
We have now the youngest photographer at home......
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
26th June 2010
This is Ryan's very first Sports Day organised by the day care centre that he has been attending. Actually, I think we are more excited about it than he is. Just can't imagine seeing him mingling with the rest of the kids and competing. Just can wait!!!
The biggest problem was getting him to get up in time since he has to assemble by 8:15 am. He normally doesn't get up till 9:30 am. So, we tried to get him to sleep early the night before. The next morning, we got up by 7:15 am ourselves and we tried to be as noisy as we can in the room to try to wake him up to no avail...We finally managed to get him to get up at 8am.
After getting him ready, we marched him to the playground where the sports was to be held. Luckily, it was just opposite our house. He, as usual was sticky to us. We finally managed to get him to settle down and once that is done, he was having fun, mingling around with the other children and even `bossing around'.
Watching him taking part in the parade and the event was fun. Although he is the second youngest in the entire group of more than 60 children, somehow, we felt that he has really grown.
And to top the event, he got his very first medal for his event. What proud parents he made us!!!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Ryan is learning words pretty fast nowadays. This is particularly evident once he passed his 2nd birthday. The other day, while tidying up the room I gave him my Hardrock black golf cap. Then gesturing with my hand, I taught him the word `Cool!' Then he took my wife's swimming goggles and put it over his head.
What you see above is his version of being cool.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
9th June 2010
This is a belated post since I was pretty caught up with work and uploading Ryan's 2nd year birthday celebration.
We celebrated our third wedding anniversary recently. Time flies and with the blinking of an eye, we have been `officially' together for 3 years. These three years have been interesting, exciting and fulfilling. While we have only to think for ourselves when we have not started a family, the last three years have seen our priorities in life changes once we tied the knot. Just as the theme we have selected for our wedding, our marriage is truly `A Journey', and it is the journey that we must learnt to enjoy and treasure....
To celebrate this year, we made reservation to have lunch at Shangrila Kl Laffite, a place that we truly enjoy, both the food, the service as well as the ambience. I've got them to arrange a dozen white roses which is her favourite and they arranged a very nice hand bouquet at a very reasonable price.
As we embark on our 4th year together (with lil Ryan), I'm sure the journey ahead is going to be equally exciting, challenging and enjoyable...
Monday, June 14, 2010
12th June 2010
Ryan turned 2 on the 30th May 2010 but we can't organize a party for him earlier as most weekends were either not suitable for most of the guest or we were not free.
Finally, we managed to arrange one on the 12th June 2010 and it was like a grand birthday celebration finale for the lil one. It was supposed to be a small event among close friends but it didn't turn out to be as small as I expected. Instead of a small group of 20, we ended with over 45 guests !
Our decision to arrange for a mobile steamboat (lok lok) van turned out to be an excellent decision. The guests enjoyed themselves and we were totally freed from the hassles of having to prepare food or the clean up after the party. Besides, we also ordered some nasi lemak and satay with plenty of beer, soft drinks and packet drinks to go around.
Ryan was having the greatest time in his life. He found a friend in the son of my wife's colleague and they were literally `break dancing' at the car porch to the delight of all the guests who surrounded them for the show!
The last two years watching him grow from a 2.22kg pre-matured baby to a bubbly hyper active boy that he is now has indeed been an adventure, experience that one could not attached any monetary value. As we watched him grow, he has taught us the right values and priorities of our life too. We are certainly looking forward to celebrate his next birthday and I'm sure the next one year will be another year of adventure filled with fun, anxiety and priceless moments.
Monday, June 7, 2010
With the World Cup just around, world cup fever has reached a feverish pitch. We see football advertisements almost everywhere. Every establishment that I know are trying to cash in make full use of this event where almost every Tom, Dick or Harry would be talking about from now for the next one month. Everybody has a favouraite team and favourite players.
But for me, I've already decided on my most talented footballer of the year who should be awarded the golden boot. And that player is none other than RYAN! Just have a look at his pictures and you can tell that he is a natural with the ball...
6th June 2010
Woke up on Sunday and was wondering where should we bring Ryan for a walk and run. My wife suggested KLCC since she has to go back to her office to get some stuff. So, off we went and drove downtown. Being a Sunday, it was a pleasant drive and we arrived just before lunch.
Was looking for a place to have our brunch and decided on Chilis. It was a good thing that we arrived early because the place was packed with a long queue waiting for their tables when we left at 12:30 p.m.
Took Ryan down to the fountains and he was having a field day running about, stretching his mucles and legs and spending his boundless energy. His dad and mommy of course was a spent force by the time he had enough. (Where do these little guys get their energy from??)
By the time, we got him into the car and gave him his milk, he was in his la la land within minutes (as usual). Another Sunday well spent with quality time with loved ones .....
Saturday, June 5, 2010
5th June 2010
Woke up and was wondering what to have for breakfast this morning. Dressed lil Ryan up and then decided to take a drive while we decide. Ended up in Bangsar Shopping Center and was searching for a good place to eat. Unfortunately, BSC doesn't have a comprehensive directory categorised by type of business. Instead, they only have a directory listing down their tenants alphabetically. Who on earth would know which tenant is an F&B outlet by merely looking at their name?
For example, what you think a shop that goes by the name `Ninety nine lights temptation' sells?
Anyway, we ended up in front of Alexis cafe and bistro and since we have been here before, we decided to have our breakfast there. Nice ambience and good food.
Ryan just could not sit still. Once we finished our food, we allowed him to run around BSC. He saw this shop selling baby products and made a dash inside. Found himself, tonnes of toys to amuse himself and we ended up spending close to an hour there, watching him enjoying himself, until he bump his head while riding a toy car...Good indication to go home. (Otherwise, he would probably still be there running about refusing to leave).
Got into the car, gave him his milk that he was asking for, and within minutes, he was fast asleep, tired out from all the activities that he was having. We gave a sigh of relief that we too can finally have some peace and quiet at home, giving me a chance to update this blog...
Till the next adventure, adious.....
Friday, June 4, 2010
Ryan's 2nd birthday celebration has begun.
First round : A pre-birthday holiday to Tanjung Jara Resort
Second round : A buffet lunch at Lemon Grass Garden Shangrila KL with family members, grandmothers, aunties, uncles and cousins.
Third round : A night out at the PUB at Shangrila KL
Fourth round : A seafood dinner with crabs among close friends at a restaurant near our home followed by the session of presents opening and assembly (as seen above)
Next: A birthday party with close friends and a planned `lok lok van' 2 weeks from now...
I'm not sure whether he is having more fun or his mother and his many `nannies' who are finding reasons to organize a party....Hahaha
Stay tune for more birthday celebration pictures then ....
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Tanjung Jara Resort - Dungun
Ryan just turned two recently. As part of his birthday celebraton, we wanted to take him for a short holiday. We have hope to go to Shangrila Rasaria in Kuching but unfortunately, we have some issues with the air tickets. So, at the very last instance, we opted for a local holiday instead. While surfing the web, we came across this resort in Dungun, Terengganu and it looks pretty impressive.
So, we decided to take the 5 hours drive from KL to see it for ourselves. Needless to say, we were not disappointed at all. In fact, we were very impressed with the level of service, quality of food and the overall ambience of the entire resort. Ryan was having a great time as well, especially with his very own private sunken bath in the garden of our Anjung room. We stayed for 3 nights and took the package that includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. As you can see from the pictures of the food, they are not buffet.
My wife and I have always wanted to see a sunrise together. The last trip we made to Kuantan purposely for that was unsuccessful. We finally, did witness a glorious sunrise together and it was magical.
The service was excellent. They got to know about Ryan's birthday and they gave him a surprise complimentary birthday cake and a little toy as his present.
We told ourselves that we are definitely going back, probably for our next wedding anniversary celebration.....
Monday, May 3, 2010
I have the best laugh today....
My wife was planning to redeem a gift from Citibank from the points she has accumulated but unfortunately, she can't find the item in the web site when she logged in today....
Not being one to let go easily, she tried to call the Citibank hot line to clarify, but only to find herself listening to a voice machine for over 2 minutes and having to quote her credit number twice. And after all the hassle, she just could not figure out how she could actually talk to a REAL person. Patience is obviously not one of her virtue, she was cursing and frowning after not being able to voice her dissatisfaction to a REAL person after being on the phone for over 25 minutes.
Not one who would easily give up, she wanted to give her FEED BACK! So, she logged into her Citibank website and was busy for the next 20 minutes typing her long and well positioned complaint. After rereading it for the umpteen times and satisfied that she has expressed herself, she was ready to submit the complaint..and guess what when she clicked on the submit button???
An error message flashed across her screen and informed her that the page was unsecured. Fuming, she re logged in and retyped her entire complaint, (as close as she could get to her first message). I was almost rolling on the floor, laughing at her at this point in time. Satisfied that she has got her message well written and positioned, she was determined to express her dissatisfaction to the higher management of Citibank. And she clicked on the submit button !!!
And the wonder of new technological break through ...
An error message flashed across the screen and kicked her out from the web site...!! And this was after more then 40 minutes trying to submit a feedback ...
After wasting more than 50 minutes of our life, we are back to square one. The machines have taken over!!! The end is near!!!! Next, we might have a Terminator at our doorstep....
After more than 1.5 years, we have finally decided to sent Ryan back to a Day Care centre. There are a couple of reasons why we wanted to start him back on Day Care. Firstly, it is because we have a new maid and we really don't fancy the idea of leaving him alone with this new maid that we have a lot of trouble training. Secondly, we wanted him to start learning socialising skills as well as some form of discipline.
He is supposed to get to the Day Care centre which is located 2 roads away at 8:30am. However, our little rascal just refused to wake up till 9am. Since this is his first day, the principal recommended that he has someone familiar to be with him for the day. So, his grandma will be with him today.
By the time, he gets there, while we were busy getting his application processed, he was already happily playing away in the garden with the other kids and grandma of course.
Just hope that he will get used to this soon. Looking forward to seeing how he actually fare when we pick him up this afternoon.
Friday, April 30, 2010
Can't wait to see how he would react going back to daycare since he stopped going when he was 5 months old. We sent him to a day care when he was 4 months old but because he was constantly sick after he attended the day care, we have stopped sending till now.
Wish us luck.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
We used to be able to get the maid to feed him, play with him, entertain him and bath him even when we are around. But lately, he has grown SO VERY ATTACHED to us (especially my wife) especially when we are around in the house.
Whenever when we are around, he would just refused to go with the maid and throw a big tantrum if we `forcibly' push him to the maid if we have to get certain things done in the house. He is so sticky that he would not want to maid to feed him, bathe him or play with him. He just want US! I can't even take a bath without him tagging along into the bathroom.
Going to work in the morning is a nightmare because he would be wailing and yelling his head off and not wanting us to go to work. So, I have been trying to leave for work even before he wakes up in the morning to avoid having to see him crying pitifully, wanting to follow.
I wonder when this phase will end because it is extremely tiring going through this `super glue syndrome' with him. Any advice?
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
I rushed down and found my maid carrying Ryan. The moment he saw me, he stretched out his little arms and wanted me to carry him. I took him over and held him close to my chest. Being curious as he is, he pointed to the lightning and thunders and was making his famous frowns with his eyebrows. Then another lightning stroked not too far from our house. I can literally see the lightning bolt zig zagging down. He immediately snuggled his little head into my chest and put my hand over his ears. I held on to him to assure him that I'm there and everything will be alright. He stayed perfectly still (something that is very unlike him). The thunderstorm went on for a good 30 minutes and throughout the whole period, he just hang on me with my hand over his ear. Then I found out why he was so still. He felt asleep amidst the thunderstorm. He must have felt so secure, so calm, so safe and so assured that the thunderstorm meant nothing to him anymore.
That moment was so precious (to me at least) because I felt that I being his father, I have managed to provide him the sense of security that he needed. I was determined to make sure that he felt safe and calm. I was determined to stand there with my hands over his ears as long as it takes. I was prepared to hold him close to my chest for as long as he needs. That moment defined what fatherhood is all about.
And then, I was reminded that I was taught years ago that our Father above would love us, protect us, shield us, comfort us and will provide a refuge for us whenever there is a storm. I never really appreciate nor understand how He would feel and His determination to provide that assurance until I saw Ryan sleeping soundly hanging on to me amidst the lightning and thunder clapping all around us. Now I must said, that I have a slightly better understanding of how much He would go through for His children because I would go through anything to make sure that my previous Ryan is safe and well.
Rock of Ages, Cleft for me
Let me hide myself in Thee...
Thursday, February 18, 2010
It all started with our reunion dinner with both my grandmothers at our favourite restaurant, Ta Ta Di near our house. As no Chinese new year is incomplete without the traditional `low sang' I had my very FIRST `low sang' with both my grandmothers. It was fun seeing adults playing with their food and they allowed me to do the same for once. Wish I am allowed to do this everyday!!!