Friday, July 31, 2009

Problem With A Reading Child

My husband and I read a lot and there are women's (mine) and cars (his) magazines literally everywhere around our house.

So I guess it was only a matter of time before either Eu or Qi start to flip through our stacks as they themselves are keen on reading materials.

Well, flipping through the pages and seeing the pictures are not as bad - as Qi did, commenting "What a pretty girl, Ma" when she came across pictures of a little girl in a fashion spread.

But when Eu went to the relationship part in my "Her World" magazine and asked :
"Ma, what does this means : 'HOW TO KNOW IF HE IS THE ONE?'"
You know it's trouble.

Fortunately, it was not one of those intimacy section that usually comes with pictures! Looks like we have to start putting away all MY magazines from now on.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Animals Fan

One of Qi's trademark question is : "Can we touch a komodo dragon?"

She is obviously very interested in animals.

She adores pet shops and would insist that we go in any that we come across. And the one tiny pet store in the Seria is probably her favorite shop in the whole town and a visit to the next door kopi tiam (usually the only reason we'd be on this block) meant a detour to this shop first.

Her current hero is "Diego" from the "Go Go Diego" cartoon show about a boy who lives in the jungle and whose job is to save animals. She idolised him so much that for the last few weeks now, she insisted that address her as Diego.

Even in the middle of me scolding her, she can butt in with a "Call me Diego" and usually call out just before she is about to sleep that we greet her with a "Good night Diego!". Of course, she loves her toy animals (and dinosaurs) and there a lot of dramas when she is in her animal game time.

Perhaps one of these days, we will adopt a real pet.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Man On The Moon

Last week, I changed all the CDs in my car player. When I told Qi that her "CD no. 1, Song no. 11" (Peterpan's "Di Atas Normal" - she has terrible taste, I know) is no longer in the player, she was not pleased.

She refused to listen to any of the new songs I put on until I told her that I will play a song about the "Man On The Moon".

That sure got hers and Eu's attention.

Although, after having been made to play and listen to it over and over and over again for more than a week now - that's 5 days a week when I sent and pick Eu to school - it is getting a little annoying.

Still, such a coincidence that last week was also the 40th anniversary that human first landed on the moon (July 2oth 1969) and what's with this week's total solar eclipse, Eu and Qi have been getting some space knowledge and have the perfect song for it - since they only got the "Man on the moon" part right.

Have a nice weekend everyone!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Perhaps A Future Builder

In order to maximise the space that we have for all our stuffs, I used a lot of plastic shelves. We have 2 levels to 4 levels in all sizes and pretty colours.

But what surprised me was discovering that Eu has a penchant for putting these shelves together.

The first time I brought one home, she eagerly asked for my permission then confidently worked away, assembling the legs and the shelves in a very short time.

Needless to say, I was impressed when she assembled her first shelves with no problems at all. From then on, it is considered her assignments whenever I bought a new set.

There are times when I felt that she is too old for her blocks set but she still enjoys building objects with their blocks and bricks.

With this interest in building combined with her artistic talent, I am looking forward to her design in the future.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Noisy Sisters

Friends sometimes wonder how I manage 3 kids without maid to help me with the household chores.

When Baby De first arrived, things were a bit hectic. There are times when she refused to be left alone, Eu and Qi didn't know how to play with her - and my hands were full and my legs on the go most of the time.

As Baby De grew older, things became so much easier. She adored her two big sisters and the best thing is, both of them are always ready to "watch" her. Qi would wake from her nap and straight away asked if she can go and "watch" the baby. Eu could be depended on entertaining the baby.

The only problem about letting Baby De spent so much time with Eu and Qi is that - she is becoming louder than them.

So used to spontaneous off-tune songs from Qi, or the sound of their drama or my scolding them - Baby De revel in loud noises. There is not much gurgling or babbling from this baby. She might be tiny but she shouts and calls like none of them ever did.

Judging by how Eu and Qi are right now, we are very worried.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

REM : Shiny Happy People

Because I rarely get online before late morning, I came to know of the Jakarta bombing news via my mother in law two hours after it happened.

It was a terrible tragedy to happened in this lovely city.

It's easy for us to quickly judge this a dangerous city but anyone who had visited Jakarta would also remember how courteous and helpful are its people.

I do believe that this act of terrorism, whatever were their motive, was perpetrated by a tiny group of people without the blessing or approval of the general public of Indonesia. That the majority of Indonesians would never willingly sacrifice innocent lives no matter what the objectives were.

Today was indeed a sad day and thus I chose a song which will hopefully remind us that despite these attacks, most Indonesians are also ordinary people who wish nothing more than to be happy.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Natural History Fan

One of the place that we brought the kids to when we were in Kota Kinabalu last month, was the Marine Aquarium and Museum at the Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS)

The first thing that caught Eu and Qi's eyes when we entered this place was the bones of the Cuvier's beaked whale. According to report, this whale was found dead at Mimpian Jadi, one of the resort along the coast of Tuaran in 1997.

This was the kids' first encounter with this kind of exhibit and I am eagerly waiting for them to be older so we could enjoy more museum visit of this kind.

Qi - who now calls herself Diego after a cartoon character who saves animals - is especially keen on animal and once I told her that there are no longer any living dinosaurs.

She concurred by saying : "Yeah, we can only find their fossils".

I was impressed that she picked up the stuffs that I actually told Eu whenever the subject of dinosaurs came up.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Still Michael Jackson's News

Only half braved the school last week - including Eu who was happy to be back in class with her friends.

This week, her class is full and on Monday, I overheard one of the student updating another friend of the news - since they last saw each other 3 weeks ago.

You would have thought that the latest and hottest news would be the "Transformers" movie.

But no.

The hottest story among the kids was still : "Do you know Michael Jackson died already?".

At the homefront, it was Qi who always requested to see (youtube) videos of "Madagascar" - how she mispronounced Michael's name. It took us a while to understand, until she explained "That man with the glove!".

Such is the power of this man!

Kazuo Ishiguro : Never Let Me Go

I have been re-reading Kazuo Ishiguro's "Never Let Me Go" again - a book I bought 3 years ago.

This book is excruciatingly slow but because it's a strange story, I can't help but finish it.. Besides, this is an author who despised readers like me and planned his story just so, that flipping right to the last page tells me not much.

In fact, there was nothing on the first or last page that tells you that this is a story about human clones. Of "humans" who came out of nowhere, reared to provide organs to actual humans.

But this is not a sci-fi novel. There is nothing technical here. How clones came about was never described and donations processes were only mentioned vaguely.

Mostly, this is a story of emotion. How they too feel like human. That they too feel anger, frustration, joy and love. That their lives are planned - and when it's time for them to donate, that's what they have to do and if they die after giving a few organs, that's just how their lives are supposed to be.

There is reportedly a movie in the making for this. It's just so typical British to pick this kind of drama for a movie. While Keira Knightley fits the bill in terms of age, I think Rachel Weisz should have been the lead. But we will see next year.

My Wild Child

When Eu and Qi role-play, their favorite being a good princess or an evil witch, they do it with a passion.

There would usually do it with a change of voice tone, face expression, body gesture and relevant props.

They are the culprits to missing chopsticks because these make the perfect "magic wands".

When I donated some of my oversize-pregnancy clothes to their dress-up collection, they had a field day dressing up. Once dressed, there were plenty of "You look pretty Princess Aurora.." followed by "Thank you., Snow White. You look gorgeous too..." spoken with soft voices and gentle manners - complete with some fluttering of eye lashes from Qi.

But of course, this demure princess role did not last long with Qi.

Soon this undersize girl, lifted her oversize dress, gave a hearty laugh and innocently announced (no offence meant): "I look FAT!".


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