Friday, June 19, 2015

Dumpling Day

Yesterday, for the first time, we brought the kids to the beach to celebrate the Chinese rice dumpling day.
In the olden days, folks would throng their beaches on this day and throw rice dumplings to the sea in accordance to the legend of the poet Qu Yuan.
But we did not have any to waste and our Lumut beach was quiet with only a handful of Chinese people. There were perhaps more folks who were there to fish, jog and rake out some clams.
Definitely nowhere as exciting as Kuala Belait or Seria beach.
But Eu and Qi enjoyed themselves and were especially thrilled to be driven home half naked as they were soaked through and full of sand.
Today, as we were having breakfast in one of the Seria’s kopitiam, we overheard a customer asking for dumplings. The shop owner drily replied that the dumpling makers needed their rest as yesterday they  “..Cho tau pan sze” (do until half dead!).
And that marked the end of dumpling day for this year!

*Originally posted in another blog on the 29th of May 2009*

My Show Host

Because of Eu’s current fascination with shows like “Big Bang”, “Math Mansion” and a few others from the TVIQ Channel, she picked up a new trick – presenting a show.
And today, she assigned a new role for me – recording her action as she presented some science experiment which involved pouring water from one container to another, continuously – the water and her narrations.
When I had to stop taking her pictures to do the laundry,  there were loud protests and it was only after  I suggested that TV shows must run some advertisements to give the presenter a break, did she stopped her
“Mama! Can you please record my show now!”
She can be a demanding TV diva too, complaining even when I stopped for just a few seconds to check the pictures that I have taken.
“Are you taking my pictures?!”

*Originally posted in another blog on the 26th June 2009*

My Sabahan Girl

There are times when Qi’s antics would leave my husband and I shaking our heads or rolling our eyes. 

While I still wondered where she inherits this ability to charm and amuse, her father is adamant that it’s her Sabahan blood.
Just because she would dance whenever there is music. If there is a stage, she would usually go straight for it and perform her “beautiful dance” (as she calls it) to everyone.
Also because she can be too friendly. Her favorite ice-breaker is “You look very beautiful!” which she pass out to any ladies that caught her attention. Only one man qualifies for the “You are very handsome!” line – because it comes with a “Can I have some chips now please?”.
But I have to concede with her father when it comes to her brand of wisecracks – which I think is typical of Sabahans, so witty and yet annoying.
Qi : “Can I bring a book to the car?”
He father said no. Without missing a beat, she countered :
“Can I bring NOTHING to the car? Can I?”

*Originally posted in another blog on the 2nd June, 2009*

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Princess Stories Are Bad Influence

One of the "grown-up" shows that the kids and I watched together is "Chef At Home".

It shows daily on Channel AFC daily at 5.30 pm with a chef named Michael Smith, a big hulking man with shaggy hair and permanent smile and jest in his ways.

Today, in the middle of the show, Eu asked me if this man is married.

Curious to this line of question, I asked her why and so what. I was relieved that her answer was logical enough.

"If he is married, it means he's cooking for his family. If not, he is cooking for himself and there is so much food!"

But before I could take a breath in relief, Qi confirmed my fear that Princess stories are bad!

"Mom look! Baby De IS IN LOVE with the Chef At Home..."

I should banned all their fairy tales books or any stories that has anything to do with love from their book shelves...And get more dinosaurs books.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Calm Down When You're Mad

A few days ago, Qi imparted a new lesson she learnt from her show : when you are mad, you have to calm down.

I immediately used this to address her sometimes hot temper. And it was to my chagrin and amusement that she herself used this lesson against me.

Later that day, Eu complained that Qi played rough to her. Ready to reprimand her, I called Qi out of the room for explanation.

Instead of apologizing, she told me, "Mama, if I hit Che-Che, you have to CALM DOWN".

For someone who cannot be amused when I am in my disciplining mood, this was one of the few episode where she managed to clamped my mouth shut and I was forced to disguised my smile with a cough.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Bath Tub Magic

One of the scenario which easily raises the blood levels for mothers (with no saintly patience) like me - is not having the kids obey me on the spot.

We understand that they have their own mind and feelings - that it is impossible for them and unfair for us to expect them to stop whatever they are doing just because we told them to do something else.

So what do we do when we are faced with the same situations everyday where you have to repeatedly - for instance - call and remind them to come in from their early evening walkabouts to take a shower, at the risk of burning the food?

Find a reason for them to stop what they are doing by their own will!

For my kids, it's simply telling them that it's "BATH TUB TIME!".

And as if by magic, they will drop whatever it is they are holding, even leave their cousin brother in a lurch as they raced in door to ask "Whose turn is it to go first mum?!!"

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

When The Lumut Baby Is Home In Sabah

When I got the kids ready for our trip back to Kota Kinabalu last week, even Baby De was visibly excited.
It was as if she knew that she will be taking her first plane ride. And I was glad that she enjoyed her plane ride without much fuss - in fact, I thought she behaved like she was quite the pro at flying!
But if flying excites her, arriving at my parents' home was a different story.
For 2 straight days, the whole neighbourhood knew that we are home from the sound of her constant crying. She cried at everyone - and woe betide the ears of whoever dared enough to carry her.
Fortunately, on the third day, she began to warm to nearly everyone and had begun to smile and grin at most everyone. Well, she had better be - before she is left with her sisters and gran for a few days soon!

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