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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

finally, feels like summer ...

the last few days.....the sun was shining so brightly and the weather warm that it feels like summer! yea! heehee.

and for the first time on monday, since we arrived ....kaira was sweaty all over and had to take 2 baths!! juz like in singapore! and she can wear her short sleeves rompers and crawl with greater ease!

but it looks like ita gonna be a rainy day today tho .... hmmm....lets see how the weather wil be the next few days. hopefully it is dry and sunny when the weekend comes !

Friday, July 25, 2008

Amsterdam ....

was crowded!! hahahah....mebbe after 4 weeks in eindhoven where we hardly see crowds...amsterdam was like WOAH .......so crowded .....hahahahaha.... i felt quite funnie when i realised i felt that way.

but mebbe becos this is the summer holiday so there were simply many many tourists and everywhere was so crowded. the q to the anne frank house was horrendously long, we decided to skip it. we had to wait more than half an hour (maybe closer to an hour?? i lost track of time) for the boat for the canal cruise..... and had to keep a look out for the bicycles and motorcycles and cars all the time.... all these compounded by the fact that we have a baby who needs to be "on the go" all the time...else she gets impatient and starts "shouting" ... kekekeke.

but overall, still a rather enjoyable trip, cos kaira was really quite co-operative, most of the time!! think she was most difficult on the car ride home... cos she was so alert after all the naps she took in amsterdam, she wants to break free from her car seat!!

now where did we go? we strolled through the streets, wanted to visit the anne frank house (but gave up cos the queue was simply too long), took the canal cruise, went to the flea market, flower market, went to the red light district, chinatown, had tea, lunch and dinner all within 7hours... plus the 3-4 hours travelling time we took ....i was really exhausted after the 12-hour outing!!

but not kaira ... hahaha....had to entertain her and let her crawl to her heart's content (cos she couldn't do it the whole day) before she will settle down to sleep.

didn't have the chance to go into the rijks museum (can't remember if this is the spelling), think we will do it another time. :)

Day trip to Amsterdam

Monday, July 21, 2008

Why does God allow pain and suffering?

Received this in my email today. Helps me to put things in perspective, especially in times of doubt and faithlessness.

*******************ENJOY READING IT***********************

This is one of the best explanations of why God allows pain and suffering...

A man went to a barbershop to have his hair cut and his beard trimmed.

As the barber began to work, they began to have a good conversation.
They talked about so many things and various subjects.
When they eventually touched on the subject of God, the barber said:
"I don't believe that God exists."

"Why do you say that?" asked the customer.

"Well, you just have to go out in the street to realize that God doesn't exist.
Tell me, if God exists, would there be so many sick people?
Would there be abandoned children?
If God existed, there would be neither suffering nor pain.
I can't imagine a loving God who would allow all of these things."
The customer thought for a moment, but didn't respond because he didn't want to start an argument. The barber finished his job and the customer left the shop.

Just after he left the barbershop, he saw a man in the street with long, stringy, dirty hair and an untrimmed beard. He looked dirty and unkempt. The customer turned back and entered the barbershop again and he said to the barber:

"You know what? Barbers do not exist."

"How can you say that?" asked the surprised barber.
"I am here, and I am a barber. And I just worked on you!"

"No!" the customer exclaimed.
"Barbers don't exist because if they did, there would be no people with dirty long hair and untrimmed beards, like that man outside."

"Ah, but barbers DO exist! That's what happens when people do not come to me."

"Exactly!" affirmed the customer. "That's the point! God, too, DOES exist!
That's what happens when people do not go to Him and don't look to Him for help.
That's why there's so much pain and suffering in the world."

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cautious yet gungho??

seems like a weird combination ...... but that seems to describe kaira!!

cautious --
1) when we introduce her new toys -- she takes a few days to warm up to the toy and play with it!! on the first day -- she usually doesn't even bother playing with the new toy.... juz eye it for a few seconds and then prefers to play with her familiar toys! then, we will need to show her how to play with the toy etc .....only after a day or 2 of seeing the toy will she start playing with it.

2) strangers -- ever since she can recognise faces (fr abt 4 months), it has always been difficult when other people want to carry her cos she will wail when she realise that it's not someone familiar who's carrying her. i don't know about this now, cos after coming to Holland, nobody carries her except us and her grandparents.... but i think she's a bit better now lah ... at least she smiles at strangers when we go out...instead of juz staring at them!

gungho
i simply don't understand her...she knocks herself when she crawls to certain place and wails big time, she stands up and sometimes juz "plonk" and sit down and cries cos she got a "shock" from the plonking down, she tries to climb and knocks her head and cries ......... yet, she continues to explore these places and do the same things over and over again. y doesn't she get afraid and stop doing them?

so is she gungho or are all babies like that?

Friday, July 18, 2008

is this summer or winter ??

the temperature has been hovering around 15 degrees (lower in the nite) since we came. wellz, for now, it is still nice cool weather (although a bit wet).

but then, if this is summer temperature....i shudder at the thought of winter temperatures!!

in hong kong, this kind of temperature, we will be all wrapped up .... hahahha.... cos its wintertime ! :) but here, the kids are in tank tops and shorts .... lolol ........ what an adjustment to make! sometimes feel so "paisay" being so wrapped up when they are running with so little on. lol.

no wonder in hong kong, when we wrapped up in our jackets and shawl and what have you ... some of the caucasians are in t-shirts and bermudas .... heehee

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

time flies ....

8 months ago, i couldn't have imagined making this statement .... at that time, i really wished that time will fly ... lol .... it was a tough time ... looking after the new born babe.

it is still tough. but with each day, she's learning something new and its amazing seeing her grow and develop.

juz 2+weeks ago she stood up but didn't know how to sit down after standing up...so she will cry for help. then after a few days she was standing up and sitting down on her own. such a "big gal"! then now she's "Cruising", making her way from one point to another holding on to her cot rails or the playpen rails.

and then, i've been teaching her how to put her hands together to say amen and recently, she did it! and she was so pleased with herself she kept smiling. hahahaha. and before that it was shaking hands. and that day when Watanabe-san visited us at our home, she extended her hand for a handshake..... :) i was kinda worried that she's still in her "Scared of strangers" mode.... but she seemed alrite....

so many new developments as the days go by ... and new things that she's learning each day. and all happening so quickly. so yes, time flies, no matter how tough it is.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Leyan's first 2 weeks in Eindhoven

Missing Japanese Food....

after 2 weeks here in eindhoven, realised how fortunate we are in Sg/Hkg....abundance of different cuisines at affordable prices and easily accessible!!

in Hkg, we only missed local sg food ... so never thought that i will one day miss my sashimi, teppanyaki, sushi and stuff!!!! heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelp!!!

last saturday we went to maastricht and where we parked there was a big shopping complex with a foodcourt in the basement. there, was a sushi counter, abit like the supermarket sushi counters that we see back home. initially, i was thinking mebbe i should have some sushi... i am beginning to miss it ....

but 11 euros for a mix plate of sushi (enuff for 1 person i suppose) was really too much for me stomach!! how to pay that kind of price for "supermarket" standard? ;p

i wonder then how much it will cost to eat in a jap restaurant here? then again, i haven't seen any "authentic" japanese restuarant around here ...... so mebbe i have to wait till i go back to asia?

aaaaaaawwwww ....... writing this makes me miss my trips to japan even more .......

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Never thought i'd be happy cleaning up shit

no no, i dun mean office s*** ..... that's something i am glad i left behind! although i do miss going to work sometimes .... that i should write about another time...

ok ok, mebbe i should use the term "poo poo" or "poop" but thought s*** has greater effect ;p lol.

motherhood.... really is a journey of surprises and discovery! who would have thought that one day i'd be wondering whether there's going to be poo poo every day ......... from my little princess!!

maybe i am over paranoid about constipation in babies or maybe i've read too many experiences of constipated babies that i really wouldn't want kaira to suffer constipation! Thank God so far so good for her!

especially so after i started introducing solids to her .... if she for some reason misses her poop for one day .... i get worried!!! compounded by the fact that she doesn't like to drink water and i always "hear" "advice" that babies muz drink more water once solids are introduced otherwise they may experience constipation. Geez, the things that mummies have to worry about ;p

and so, i think i will have to continue "worrying" for her ... but thank God so far it has been a smooth journey for her into the world of solids :)

and since i am at it, here's a list of what she has tasted so far!

- rice cereal
- barley cereal
- oat cereal
- brown rice
- butternut squash
- avocado
- pear
- apple
- banana
- papaya
- broccoli
- cauliflower
- carrot
- pumpkin
- sweet potato
- sweet peas
- white potato
- 四神粉

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

First time to A&E of KKH

on the monday evening prior to our departure for Eindhoven (which is scheduled on thursday) , i had to bring kaira to the A&E @ KKH.

haizzz, being a parent is so stressful sometimes ;(

and y did i have to bring her there? cos after her afternoon bath and whilst i was hanging up her bath towel and she was next to me, crawling on her "tee lam" (mattress) and practicing her usual crawling to the floor and up, for some reason, she hit her face on the floor at a funnie angle and was in great pain!

initially i wasn't too concerned cos she has done this many times and usually she's alrite but how wrong i was.

after letting out a loud shout, she suddenly went quiet but her face was "crying" ..... i dunno if u know what i mean .... so poor thing .... and i knew she was in pain, great pain possibly. picked her up and within seconds, got another SHOCK, blood oozing out from her mouth. aiyo.. quite a lot some more ... all over my shirt and her romper.

immediately i changed, took her stuff and went to get a taxi to bring us to the hospital.

thank God while in the cab, her bleeding stopped...but poor gal was quite traumatised so was very quiet. and by the time we reached the hospital and the nurses did a check on her, she seemed alrite. and could smile a little. and the nurses couldn't find any wounds in her mouth.

that was kind of a relief. although i was still worried if there's any open wounds etc, after all we are going to take a long flite and moving to a new environment ... very "ma fan" if she's unwell....

anyway, waited about half an hour for the doctor. the doc did a thorough check on her and also couldn't find any wounds!! after sometime, said that mebbe there's a small blood clot underneath the tongue.

and to make sure everything's alrite, she assessed her physical movements, checked her head (for bumps etc), her ears, her eyes etc .... and concluded she's WELL!! and advanced for her "age" .... :)

and so, spent $75 @ the A&E and alls well :) money well spent ??

so now, trying very hard to keep her under my watchful eyes ALL the time. quite difficult to do .... if u know what i mean.

and once again, i have to say, so hard being a parent ;p

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Standing Up

when she was in singapore, we didn't have a baby cot, so she was sleeping on the mattress on the floor and there was nothing for her to practice her "Standing up" pose.

within 1 week of arriving in eindhoven, with her cot and playyard as "assistants", she got to her standing up position within the week @ ard 7.5 mths. successfully got to a standing position with the help of the cot rails on 2 July

this gal of mine is really very active. giving the mummie alot of stress.....cannot take my eyes off her!!! ;p

1 week in eindhoven

we landed in amsterdam last friday morning after 12 hours on the plane and it was another 1 and 3/4 hrs car ride to our home in Eindhoven. its been a week of adjustments .....

thank God we had a rather smooth flight with kaira sleeping through 2/3 of the flite. the times when she's awake, was quite a challenge keeping her entertained .... as she is at the stage of wanting to crawl and eat everything!!

as for eindhoven, the weather is lovely. BUT, its so quiet ......... needs some getting used to! and our place! i am really not used to having climb up and down so many times in the day!!! and even though its 3 storeys with lots of space ... somehow, feels like we don't have enough space to store all our things??

geez, and to think that we came from a 600 square feet apartment in hong kong .... how did we manage to accumulate and store so many things? hahahaa. of course .... along the way, we bought more things, in anticipation of our "new and bigger" place in eindhoven. *;p*

wonder if i will have time to tend to the garden and have some home grown produce for lunch/dinner?? :p

kaira's first words

spoken when she's about 7 months ... it was "mum mum" followed by "ma ma" ..... random as they may be, think she is (1) a greedy pig and (2) she's calling me..... hahahaha