Thursday, September 28, 2006
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Do you see what Mom is holding? It's a fish head. Mom is so excited about all the cooking ingredients available in Singapore. No need to head downtown for parmesean cheese or ravioli or corn tortillas or salsa or frozen pizza or peas. No need when you can just go buy yourself a fish head at the local market.
She makes a terrific fish head soup!
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
This morning, I decide I need a little pick me up and I dropped by Starbucks on my way into work. I was riding my bike, and of course, I never drink coffee, but sometimes I do get a craving for it. Anyways, I drop by the Starbucks on California St. It's a big Starbucks, which is good since I'm there with my bike. Everyone's giving me funny looks cause I'm in my whole get up. I order my drink and pop it into the vertical water bottle holder and take off down the street. The thing I forgot was that there's this little hole in the lid, where you sip out of, and all of a sudden there's latte everywhere. On my frame, on my cranks, on my wheel. I think I lost half of my latte within 20 feet. Of course, it turns all sticky and nasty after I bike the remaining 1 mile into work.
The stupid thing is that I've done this a bazillion times with sodas from McDonald's and it's never spilled a drop. Sigh. Next time I'll have to duct tape the opening before biking away.
However, the coffee cake I got was excellent and intact.
So I had to shave his head. I'm sorry, Jeremy. Leave me alone with the kids for less than 2 days, this is what happens.
Monday, September 25, 2006
Before he left, Mom cooked a fabulous dinner with all the wet market ingredients:
Today, Mom went to Edda's school and we hung around at home. Library books were read aloud:
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Mom arrived yesterday afternoon and we all hugged her and trundled to our car and brought her straight to the Lot 1 Shoppers Mall. We ate at the food court and Mom marveled at the food and the prices.
On our Sunday date, we took Mom to Chinatown to see all the Moon Festival decorations. We bought lots of good food for dinner at the wet market.
We did not purchase any live frogs for dinner.
I'll use that as my campus bike, along with an Urban/Freeride bike to go downhilling with those crazy early 20 something friends of mine.
That brings my bike total up to an embarassing number - 4.
We played broomball tonight at about 10pm. This was something that my friend, Anna invited me to, and then she backed out this week cause she's been super sick. I didn't feel like ditching since it seemed like nobody was committing to it, so I went anyways.
Actually I did know some people there. As it turns out Lee, the organizer and his gf Amy were there and I had met them before at one of Anna's gatherings.
Anyways so we start playing and we're doing pretty well, and of course I'm in super competitive mode and I'm going after the ball on the ice. So I manage to free the ball from a whole bunch of defenders and end up charging up the rink chasing after the ball. While I'm doing this, Amy is rushing over to try to take the ball before I can get there, and of course, none of us can stop on the ice and her right cheek ends up in my left shoulder. Now, I'm 175, and she's a thin short asian woman, who can't have been more than 105. So of course she ends up bouncing off of me.
She's okay which was a good thing, but she ended up with a cut lip. I felt really bad about it. So I sat out the rest of the game. Some dude came up to scold me about "It's not a competition, and you're going way too fast". I suppose it's true, but his tone pissed me off. But yeah, the good thing is that she's okay. I think Amy's going to try to recruit me to do AACO events. I suppose I can't refuse now...
Friday, September 22, 2006
In the meantime, I'm trying to practice some piano. Today I actually practiced at my music school.
Vince went on a field trip to a fish farm. He aquired 2 new members of the family - Crash and Boom.
We got invited to Mr. Sherwin's (an OT at Edda's school) birthday party. A lot of the staff from Edda's school were there. It was such a nice BBQ.
We stayed for 3 hours, which was longer than I thought we would stay. I was waiting for Jeremy to come to the party from work, but he had to work a bit later than usual. The kids were almost all worn out by the time he arrived. Here's Edda and Ms. Lisa - Edda is about ready to fall asleep.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
I would still wear my glasses 95% of the time. I'll probably pick up a set of prescription sunglasses to ride with. But there are occasions where I'd want the contact - swimming, surfing, etc...
Plus. I've got about $500 in a health care spending account that I have to burn before the end of the year.
Vince and I used to sneak into the other empty rooms and play on all the equipment - ladders, swings, trampolines, mats, balls. Sometimes we would convice other kids in the waiting room to come and play with us. It was great fun. But, we've been soundly scolded for using the equipment without a supervising therapist. Boo hoo. So now, for the last 15 minutes of Edda's appointment, we go into her room and play.
Diane and Edda
Last night, Colleen (Jeremy's cousin Eric's wife) came over for dinner. She brought a friend - Ena. They were here for the IMF/World Bank meeting. Both Colleen adn Ena have 2 young kids. For a year they have been planning that after the meeting, they would fly to Bangkok and have a great girls vacation. Of course, on the last day of the meeting, the military coup happened in Thailand. Colleen was going to go anyway, but Eric talked her out of it. They went to Manila instead. Somehow less exciting than Bangkok, but perhaps no tanks are there.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
I cooked following items for Daddy: a whole turkey with stuffing; a bowl of meat balls; a bowl of noodles; chicken drums; a carrots cake; Sammon steak & smoked fish fillet.
We have been lucky with our long run of good health. It'll just be my luck that both the kids will fall sick just as soon as Mom comes into town and Jeremy has to leave for a conference.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
The list reads like this:
- 3 dates
- 3 relationship issues with friends and their SO
- pressure at work
- ted blowing up at anh
- dealing with anh and her debt and her guy problems.
I haven't been sleeping well, or eating a lot. I've lost all the weight I've gained from my Singapore trip and i'm back down to about 171...
One of my friends joked to me that that what parenthood was like - losing sleep, being stressed, and eating poorly. Man you parents are a tough bunch!
Vince was clearly being worn out from all the extra activites and the first thing he did was to stop eating because he's so excited about having friends around. Then he gets a bit weepy and tantum-y. So this is a quiet week. He's eating more and happy watching a bit more TV.
Monday, September 18, 2006
OK, week in review..
Went to a party with a trampoline
At party, there was a BBQ including these beautiful mussles:
Went to a therapy session:
Went downtown during the weekend where the parking lot was:
Saw line dancing complete with country music and a cowboy hat at our local shopping mall:
Climbed to the top of a high jungle gym:
Yet another therapy session:
Went to the UN day at Edda's school
Vince enjoys ice cream and made a Froot Loop necklace:
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Mom had some good suggestions
- pay cash
- cut up the credit cards
- auto deduct from your paycheck.
I was wondering if you can take out personal loans or something else to at least not get the 18% interest rate hit. I'm open to ideas.
Friday, September 15, 2006
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Man. I do like the power women. :)
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
On another technology front, I think I can finally say that I'm a competent cell phone user. I've always been an awkward phone user. I like putting off making calls. I always hope that someone else answers the phone when it rings. I have owned at least 4 cell phones in my life, but I've always forgotten to charge them and hence, I very rarely used them.
Now I have a few friends I can SMS, I have appointments to make/keep, I'm always out of the house. I actually keep my phone in my front pocket. Jeremy was so impressed when he hung out with me on Friday - I was calling and SMSing all day. It's a big thing for me, making calls and plans with other people, I haven't done it for many, many years. I've relied on Jeremy to call for the last 10 years and in college, I just hung out - no elaborate plan making. I guess it's becuase I don't know if folks really want to hang out with me - you know, maybe they are busy with their other, more interesting friends. I don't like asking people to hang out, but I love the actual hanging out - I love being busy and having lots of plans with other people.
Monday, September 11, 2006
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Brian, a mechanic that worked at the shop, had his last day yesterday, so a bunch of us from the shop did a rare thing and actually hung out together outside of the shop. We went to a Japanese restaurant to eat. It's funny cause some of the younger folks were freaked out by sushi and couldn't use chopsticks. I had fun freaking them out a bit. :) Otherwise it was really nice hanging out with them. It's really a shame that we don't hang out more often in non biking settings.
Afterwards, went to Lynn's, where I gave her the ceramic knife. We'll see if she likes it. I think she just got her knives sharpened, so maybe it'll just be a fancy plya knife now. oh well. We were celebrating the pending brith of P'ng and Judy's baby in October and we played a lot of silly baby games like - who's the fastest drinking from a baby bottle and having to do a blind taste test of chocolate bars melted into a diaper. Oh boy. Life is gonna change when your friends have kids. Ha
Well, after 40 years of knowing her, here comes the "music" girl. But, I am still enjoying doing nothing and sleeping :) - Mom says that I am pretty lazy with zzz ...
Friday, September 8, 2006
After that, we will go out again to chase the moon tonight.
Thursday, September 7, 2006
Wednesday, September 6, 2006
On the way back at Fort Worth International, Dallas, Texas, when I boarded one of the sky link light rail cars, there was an old lady doing exactly the same thing. I thought it wasn’t coincident. This time, I just carried a small hand bag without any check-in luggage. Not only that, there was a young man with his wife. He cleared up all his belongings on the adjacent seat to make more room for me, so I could have two seats all by myself. This time, I realized how old am I? At least in their eyes. Nobody offered anything to Mom who was right next to me. I was really surprised and immediately had a "Shrinking-Ego Attack" while everyone was looking at me to get settle down. I did and, after that, I patted that young man on his shoulder and said “I think you are pretty old too and do you like to sit down on this empty seat”. Everyone around me laughed. And I “did” too.
I guessed right now I realized I am old, old and never be able to going back, not a year, a month or even a day. But, to be truthful, I am still young in my heart. There are a lot things that I really like to do :)
"You are on edge now, for it's hard to know when to quit. You may be seeking perfection in an imperfect world, and can easily frustrate yourself if you expect too much. It's no use looking to your friends and associates for guidance today, for they will only end up confusing you even more. As much as you want to be done so you can move on to what's next, accept lack of forward movement with as much grace as possible."
Hrm. dunno. I haven't been sleeping well lately. Not sure why really... sigh.
This is the best picture I could coax out of the two friends - both of them don't really like looking into cameras. Edda and E. are classmates. E. was really happy to see Edda! Vince and E's older brother get along really well, so it's nice to have the 4 kids wandering around and having fun.
In other relationship news, another friend of mine is in a spat with his GF. A silly argument that started over a misunderstanding. She was so mad, that she got up, left the house, got in her car, and _pretended_ to drive away. Really she just drove around the block and parked the car. He figured it out cuase they were on the phone, and he walked out to the car to talk to her. I thought that was freakin' hilarious. I would be totally on the floor if it was my girlfriend - even if I was steaming mad at her. Hahhaha.
Tuesday, September 5, 2006
I can hear the snores of a thousand bored blog readers, but I don't care.
My friend JT setup a league that I played in last year. My team did reasonable well, making the playoffs but losing in the first round. Last year I wasn't able to attend the draft, so the computer picked my players for me, but this year, I managed to make it and without further ado, here's my roster:
(s) for starter, 14 team league, starting 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 RB/WR, 1 TE, 1 K, 1 D, 1 DEF
QB - Drew Bledsoe, Cowboys (s)
QB - Jon Kitna, Lions
RB - Ladainian Tomlinson, Chargers (s)
RB - Willie Parker, Steelers (s)
RB - Warrick Dunn, Falcons (s)
RB - Kevan Barlow, Jets
RB - Michael Turner, Chargers
WR - T. Houshmandzadeh, Bengals (s)
WR - Derrick Mason, Ravens (s)
WR - Donte Stallworth, Eagles (s)
WR - Ernest Wilford, Jaguars
TE - Ben Troupe, Titans (s)
K - Lawrence Tynes, Chiefs (s)
D - DeAngelo Hall, Falcons (s)
DEF - Washington (s)
Our housekeeper comes on Tuesdays. I haven't seen her for a while because usually I'm out dropping the kids off at school, but since there was no school today, I had a chance to chat with her. Rukia really helped me through the first half of the year when we were first grappling with Edda's developmetal delay. Edda really likes her and Rukia has such a calmness about her and has an interesting perspective. She told me that as a Muslim, she believes that everything in our lives has been fated, already written out and planned for us. I don't really agree exactly with that philosophy, but it was just the way Rukia said it to me that made me feel better - just that everything is going to be OK. And it's true, I am going to make it through 2006 and we're going to be OK!
Jeremy was always relieved when Rukia came over because both the house would be cleaner and I would not be in as much emotional dispair.
Today, Rukia brought over her youngest daughter, it's cute because even though H. speaks mainly Malay, Vince speaks English and Edda speaks Edda - they all play together pretty well - all of them speaking their own language, each one incomprehensible to the other two.
Oh, and look at this hilarious picture of Vince.
I guess I'll come out of the closet and say that I've been on match for awhile, tho I haven't really been taking it too seriously at all, I haven't met any one yet, but trying to be more wholehearted about it. (Ted, this is for you if you are reading this) So I'm trying to setup some lunches this week also...
Today I had a blind date with this girl that Anna set me up with - Olivia. Funny thing is that Anna and I were setup back in Feb by some mutual friends, and I suppose it says something if Anna is willing to set me up. I'll have to thank her tomorrow.
Anyhow the date with Olivia was only okay for me. I have my reasons that probably don't belong on a blog... The cool thing tho was that she mountain bikes, and we went on a biking first date which was kinda neat. Just up Arastradero Park, behind Stanford, where there's a great view of the valley. Anyhow, I suppose that's the way blind dates go. We're having a group dinner on Friday, but honestly, I don't think it's there for me.
I'll compound this with another interesting development, that I can't quite blog about either, but if you want to email me about it, I can tell you the gory details.
P'ng and Judy are having a sorta baby shower/potluck/sleepover party on Saturday. Jocelyn will be there. It'll be interesting to note if she listens to my request to leave me alone. I'm curious to know if she has the required control to do so. We'll see.
Monday, September 4, 2006
Edda got her Mass Transit card today; she's now 90cm tall, too tall to be a freebie.
What's with that weird pucker on her face? Perhaps trying to keep that hand out of her mouth?
We went to a fast food joint called Mos Burger - a Japanese burger joint (I know, a bit weird if you think about it). I mainly like it because of the super cute paper packaging they have and because they make your food to order and it's super hot.
Then we went home - Vince had invited a friend over.
Notice the matching socks.
Sunday, September 3, 2006
and other things that were so delicious that I forgot to take pictures of them, Jeremy took me to the most romantic place in Singapore...
Sim Lim Square, the computer mecca of Singapore. Looking for any computer crap ever made by mankind? It's at Sim Lim Square. I have no idea how anyone can make any money since it seems like all 100 stores were selling the exact same MP3 players, digital cameras, video cameras, speakers, wires, converters, etc, etc. There seemed to be a lot of bored women just milling around.
Saturday, September 2, 2006
Anywhoo - Toasty, a 3-month old Maltese arrived today in all his tiny, white, fluffy greatness and Ruby was so excited to meet him. She was in a great mood.
Toasty is so tiny. About as large as a chicken. They are attempting to paper train Toasty. Since most people who own dogs live in high rise apartments, they tend to keep them in the house and paper train their dogs - so Sinagpore dogs don't really get walked all that much.
We dutifully take Ruby on a long morning and evening walk everyday - Jeremy and I take turns, ensuring that we each get walked once a day.
Friday, September 1, 2006
Argh. I hate the mouthing. Well, maybe hate it is too strong a word, I just really dislike it. It's just a wee bit disgusting. You know, saliva everywhere, everything a bit smelly and then you think of all the germs (although I have to say that Edda is no sicker than the rest of us).
So for the first half of the year, when we weren't sure if Edda had Rett, I put her arm in the brace because I was totally paranoid that she was losing her ability to use her hand and if I put the brace on her, she could still use her right hand pretty well. Everyday I would look at that hand and see that she was still picking up stuff and moving things around. So I'd say to myself, see? She doesn't have Rett, she still can use her hand! Ha! Ha! Ha!
Well, I have to say that now it's finally September and since January, Edda has lost a lot of the use of her right hand even with the extensive bracing and various rubbing/tickling/scratching sensory crap that we've been doing to get her to try and remember that she has a right hand - she still likes best to put it in her mouth.
So now we've braced the arm so much that it's losing muscle tone. I've given up thinking that she's going to give up mouthing anytime soon, so we've gone back to where we've started. To preserve muscle tone, she gets to go braceless again, but everyone at school and at her therapies is reminding her to keep her hand out of her mouth. She knows she's not suppose to do it and our PT managed to get NO MOUTHING for a whole 45 minute session.
At school today, I saw her go hide in a corner so she could mouth to her hearts content away from the teacher's eye. She's a clever one, that Edda.
Look at this wonderful package. I love the yarn, I already have a few ideas of what I want to do with it. My first real sweater.. And I just absolutely love the buttons.
Also, an iTunes music card for Edda.. We have never bought anything from the iTunes store, Jeremy's eyes sparkled when he heard of that surprise. Vince loves the yo-yo thing-y!
Thank you! Thank you Lynae! For being the best Secret Pal ever :)