Friday, August 29, 2008
Jay was knocked out from all the running and Jem happily proceeded to the play area which I had to mention it was pretty poorly maintained. Still he enjoyed himself especially some girls came by to play with him.
Just nice for Mark and I to have some couple time...
Jem did get a waffle though
Finally, when they were exhausted with the 'big stuff', they willingly followed me to the cafe where the toddlers' corners are. It's good to be there on a weekday... especially when you get to have the sofa seats. Got them some cakes to fill their little tummies and off they went again, this time to the toddlers' side. Heavenly!! That's when my 'tai-tai' moments started. With little watching required... I got to curl up on the armchair and read a traveling mag. Soon, another mum from new zealand joined me for a chat.
Total : $67.70 (Not to forget the $12 cab fare...)
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
The truth is out... i do have my fair share of down times as every woman out there and I do face the same kind of problems... sickness, incorrigible husband, untamable kids, forever rising bills, neverending to-do list, constant aching back and muscles and insatiable demands from everyone.
Just 2 weeks back, Mark and I had a big fight which as usual tempted me to show him the door and me falling into the pit by raising the 'd' word. Details of the fight were the usual complaints for the past 4 yrs and as usual resolved by soft spoken sorries from both side. Why? Because the bible says in Ephesians 4:26 "Do not let your sun go down while you are still angry,". For the non-believer, please read it as sleep is more appealing than staying angry/upset.
While I was in the bad time... I was busy weeping and my eyes hurt from too much crying thus prevent me from blogging. Subsequently, my mind got overwhelmed by how good the crabs were, a treat we often give ourselves for surviving the ordeals.. and since i relish the sweetness of the meat more than the bitterness of the fight, i think i rather write about the dish of chilli crabs instead.
I was down with bad bout of flu, terrible two frustrations, pain and aches from cleaning up the messes as well. I ought to complain to that.. because of it, I gotta gave a birthday party a miss. But it definitely didn't stop me from going out in the evening to enjoy National Day's firework and air show.. oh wow!those planes were amazing!!! Not to mention the beautiful fireworks... u get my drift? its always the beauty overriding the saddies..
As for those like concerns on Jem's terrible pronounciations, Jay's extreme tantrums, an ostentious expense that throws the month's budget off balance, lack of time to finish work, existence of irritants etc., Matthew 6:34 says"And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?" Be it biblically or logically, it holds the truth... so i might jolly well use the time and energy people spend on worrying to play..and subsquently blog on the 'playtime'.
So rejoice, you ladies out there! For your problem plagued family life is indeed normalcy. You can attribute my absence of down times as short term memory lost or permanent immersion in self denial. In whichever way, you can still continue to envy me cos indeed I am blessed. For the meaning of 'blessed' is not in having everything but in contentment of everything....
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
More photos of the trip at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ting-family/sets/72157606556968723/
One will not miss strawberry farms here.. there's so many to choose from but we travelled to look for KHM farm. It's really small and there wasn't any strawberries for plucking nor available for sale cos most were still green. We came here as its recommended to have the best homemade jams and ice cream, which later verified by Mark that their jam does taste better. Oh well, we did walk off with a bottle of strawberry topping after tasting it with the ice cream.
Oh my, the pasar malam there is unforgettable with rows of stalls selling flowers(yes, again), fruits, vegetables and snacks. The fruits were vibrant in colours especially the strawberries, but though being juicy... it lacks of the fragrance and sweetness. The vegetables are lovely!!! Being the 'auntie', i just had to go "ohhh" and "wow" at those super fresh and pretty veggies. And what's more, these fresh stuffs were being fried and steamed at other stalls. We bought sweet potatoes home.. 3 packs and skipped the popular sweet corns. No, it was good really... its really 'sweet' corns, so much so we thought it was saturated with sugar syrup. I didn't really fancy serving 'dessert' kind of soups for dinner so I gave it a miss. Oh yah, try out the fried mushrooms if you have the chance to.
Most importantly... the flowers there were so cheap, even Mark couldn't resist getting me a bunch of champagne roses..heheheh
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Next stop, Mid Valley at Kuala Lumpur. We were behind time but couldn't resist staying longer. Justco was having sale.. just nice as we left Jay's jacket behind at home. Managed to get a nice one at a good price.. seems like i had been shopping at their annual mega sale for the past years. The kids had fun at the kids' arcade and later lunch at KFC. Their original flavour is definitely better than those served in Singapore.
But it's definitely worth the experience driving up at night! (I'm not sure if Mark shares the same enthusiasm though) Imagine previous trips up Mersing, camping at Ubin for all the stargazing... none can equals the sight that greet me when we were winding up to the top. Scorpius was next to me and for once, stars really felt within reach. (To Mark, the lack of barriers on the side means the cliff is definitely within reach) Even Jerome when we finally reach the resort exclaimed,"Look! So many stars!! So beautiful...."