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Sunday, November 29, 2009


I know about the "Why?" phase.

But nobody told me about the "Where" phase!

the last week (or was it last 2 weeks??), her favorite question is "Where is xxxxx?"

even after we have answered her question, she will ask "Where is xxxx". sometimes when the item is right in front of her, she still turns to us and asks "where is xxxx?"

quite funnie. Ok, at least we both find it amusing still.

an example of her "where" question.

on friday night, we were out. the traffic was slow due to the rain and crowds. We were in the car, and we were simply not moving. So i was talking to hubbie about the "traffic jam"

and she asked " Where is traffic jam?".

tried to explain to little kaira that the cars on the road are not moving cos of the rain etc. and that our car can't move cos the cars in front of us are not moving. that's what a traffic jam is. and she goes "Where is the traffic jam?" and starts looking around.

after a few tries of trying to explain to her in different ways.......gave up! decided that it's best to distract her with other things instead. ;p

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

H1N1 vaccine

received the notification last wednesday that Kaira was to be vaccinated against h1n1 today.

so the last few days were busy spent scouring information on the net on the vaccine. having some knowledge of the controversy of the vaccine (presence of mercury) plus the fact that some countries (such as singapore), the vaccine is yet to be approved for children, made me uncertain whether i should send her for it.

on the other hand, with the cold season now, flu is really rampant. and therefore risk of getting h1n1 is higher.

i don't know if i am thinking too much? quite a few of the dutch i know didn't even think of not giving their children their vaccine. but a few of us foreigners were concern (myself, my indian friend and a japanese acquaintance).

it's really a hard decision. cos how does one weigh the risk/benefits without full knowledge anyway?

wellz, after much prayer, i brought her for her vaccination this morning. Thank God she was very cooperative. Didn't whine/wimper at all when the shot was given. Seems like she didn't feel any pain. hopefully she doesn't have any great/adverse reaction to the vaccine ....... shall be monitoring her......

2nd shot, 3 weeks later! and then we will be going home to singapore! and with all the travelling and changes in climate, guess i can have a bit more reassurance she's "relatively safe" from the h1n1 ;9

Monday, November 23, 2009

A Warm November

So different from last year's!

although it does rains very frequently ;9.

the last few days gave us some lovely weather and we could even go to the fruit orchard on kaira's birthday to enjoy the lovely weather!

*ripe for picking* ;p

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Budding Artists

This is one of Kaira & Anya's regular playdates and boy were they busy this time!

having fun painting their boxes!

didn't manage to take more photos cos busy preventing these 2 from painting everywhere!! hehehe.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Little Japan

If i may, this would be my description of Dusseldorf! haha.

everytime we need a japanese "fix" (read authentic japanese meals, japanese snacks etc), we will head to Dusseldorf.

and that's what we did on Saturday (again!).

I am so grateful for Dusseldorf. It's a little oasis to me when i am tired of the "european-ness" (surely i made up this word!) of life here.... ;)

(above) my lunch :))))

it was indeed a japan day yesterday. japanese lunch and dinner, plus japanese snacks and supper!!! At a price of course ;(

dreaming of the day when we can go to Japan again for a holiday.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Kaira's Second Year Journey

Kaira's going to be 2 in a couple of weeks' time.

taking this time to remember the year that has past. so much happened and she has growned so much!! thank God for a great 2nd year. so so so much more fun than the first! ;)

Monday, November 02, 2009

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Colors of Autumn

p/s Ah Gong and Ah Ma -- the jacket you gave kaira last year, she can finally wear it this year!!

What's Up with Kaira?

hmmm, lazy mummy here hasn't been updating on her monthly progress the last 2 months ;p too much happening .... so much so that i cannot remember all that i wanted to blog down!!

tsk tsk. lazy bum.

so much has happened the last 1+/2 months.... using the potty for her pee and poop @ home, converting her baby cot into a toddler bed, switching from milk bottle to cup for her milk feeds...are the major milestones.

speech wise, she's been so expressive and holding such "meaningful" conversations with us that i cannot help but be amazed by this 小大人! she has learnt to "bargain" with us sometimes and can be so stubborn, i wonder who she inherited that from??? ;p
like when i ask her to do A, she will sometimes tell me she wants to do B for one last time before she will do A... if i say no, she will whine and cry and keep repeating her request till she gets it!!

tho she can't hold a tune very well yet, she likes to "sing". sometimes when we are out and about, she will suddenly sing out loud and look meaningfully @ the uncles and aunties around her. i think she's expecting them to praise her!!! hahaha. funnie sight. and obviously, the strangers are oblivious to what she's "singing".

she has suddenly developed a "fear" of cartoons. she actually asked me to swtich off the TV for her on several ocassions. and most days, she doesn't want to watch cartoons any more unless she's accompanied by my or hubbie. think it all started cos there was a "witch" on Dora and she was afraid of the "witch". then she started to be fearful of most of the cartoon characters including thomas the train.

been trying to explain to her that there's nothing to be fearful about, guess she will need some time to overcome whatever she's afraid of.

she has grown taller. from the "agar-agar" measurement we take @ home, think she's ard 88-89 cm now.

socially, she's still shy @ times. but she's very sharing and would gladly share her toys with others, especially to the younger ones. she has yet (should i hope that she doesn't ?? ;p) to reach the stage where she monopolises toys or snatches toys from others. but she's abit more "assertive" these days. in the past, when she's playing with something and another toddler comes and tries to snatch it from her, she will let go of the toy. these days, she holds on so tightly to the toy that the other party can't take it away from her and she will "run away" from the other party ;p

she's into art and craft these days. love to use the glue and paste things. coloring -- well, let's just say she can focus for a few minutes on coloring. after which, mummy here has to do the coloring for her. she;s likes to draw and is very imaginative -- a few strokes and it can be an aeroplane, crocodile, whatever !! hehehe.

so there, what a busy little toddler we have. so many things happening @ the same time for her!