Archive for March, 2018

Rottnest Island

I’ve always had warm memories of Rottnest island. The last time I visited was many years ago when my sister and brother in law visited Perth for the first time. We had lots of fun then so were excited to go back again, this time with the whole family.

Mummy, I’m a bit scared of going to Rottnest, I can’t swim and neither can Mah Mah!

In the end this little bub and her grandparents didn’t even go near the beach but rested in the shade most of the time. I don’t think Rotto as the locals call it is suitable for the very young and elderly. Lots of hills and not much shade on the beach.

This girl though, had such a glorious day. She is such a water baby, ran into the pristine water in glee. Once she fell face first into the water before I could catch her, but she just headed back in after a momentary shock.

She enjoyed playing on the beach with her cousins so much. Here they are pouring water to fill the moat around the sand castle.

Clean white sand.

Pinky beach. So pretty.

No need for filters when the beach is this beautiful and it’s such a gorgeous day.

She said Mummy and Saitaoha when she saw our shadows ๐Ÿ˜.

Haha my sister took this photo and we kept laughing and saying it’s her Bond girl photo.

Bond girl refreshes herself with an ice lolly.

An encounter with the native quokka. We only saw two the whole time we were there, so no quokka selfie ๐Ÿ˜ญ.

Gung gung and mah mah were so nice to babysit Saitaomei the entire day whilst I played in the water with Saitaoha.

Colouring at the cafe before our return ferry ride. The ride back was so choppy, I was so glad when we arrived.

A lovely seafood dinner at Kailis, the evening sky was turning pink.

Baby knocks out on the way home.

A tiring but nice family day out.

Siew pao

I know it’s wrong to say this because she’s my child but

So cute !!!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ we think she resembles a ๅฐ‘ๆž—ๅผŸๅญ ๐Ÿ˜‚

Feel guilty because Saitaoha was at daycare today which meant I should have spent more time with Saitaomei. Instead, I spent my afternoon baking

Siew pao ! My biggest batch to date, 45 of these babies. They take ages for me to make and I always regret baking them, but my brother loves them and he’s flying in tomorrow so baby brother trumps all. Even Saitaomei, sorry baby.

The whole family is gearing up for my brother and sil’s arrival, it’s going to be a fun two weeks ๐Ÿ˜ƒ.

On another note, I received my CT scan results today, no cancer ๐Ÿ˜ฌ but they discovered that I have a minor fracture in my foot which wasn’t picked up by the X-rays. I’m just glad that there’s a reason for the slow healing process and this pain wasn’t something I imagined in my head haha. It’s also good to finally get a diagnosis and not have to go for more scans and medical appointments. ๅฐฑ่ฟ™ๆ ทๅ‘Šไธ€ๆฎต่ฝๅง.

Can I hit the restart button?

I thought I would spend my maternity leave having quality time with Saitaoha and Saitaomei. Instead I have been spending all my time dealing with Saitaoha’s terrible two tantrums. She throws a tanty at least once or twice a day and is just impossible. Most of the time she works herself up into this sobbing, shrieking mess and doesn’t even remember why she got upset in the first place.

Even though I don’t know whether any of this gets through to her, I’ve been putting her in the naughty corner, telling her I would come back when she’s stopped crying and has calmed down. It’s difficult to stay consistent because sometimes when she’s stopped, the sight of me sets her off again! Then it’s mummy mummy mummy…

When the tantrum is over, I speak to her firmly and tell her that crying won’t get her anything and she needs to ask properly. Who knows whether she understands? ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

I look at old photos and videos of Saitaoha and miss the little girl who although cheeky, was mostly a very cheerful and lovable little girl. Now she is just no!no!no!, cries when she wakes up, cries when she sleeps, cries and moans at everything ! It really makes me question my parenting methods.

Today there was another massive meltdown. It ended up with gung gung getting frustrated and angry. Mah mah was trying to save Saitaoha from my wrath but I still ended up carrying the wailing kid out of their house and straight home. I was really fed up that not only are her tantrums upsetting me, they are causing my parents to get upset and angsty with each other. Sometimes when I see my parents squabble. (99% to do with the kids) I feel terrible and horribly selfish. I doubt they would squabble if not for the grandkids. They’ve already had to raise four kids of their own, and I’m putting them through this again?!

I also feel sad that I’m blinded by Saitaoha’s attention seeking tantrums and not paying much attention to poor Saitaomei. Then there was a moment where ah Ma was singing ‘if you’re happy and you know it’ to Saitaomei in the car. Saitaoha was next to her and doing all the actions to the song. I saw her glance at Mah Mah and look resigned that no one was paying her any attention. My heart broke a little.

Saitaoha trying to open the freezer ๐Ÿ˜‚. She knows the aiji is kept there. Oh my funny girl.

Oh hai my sweetie. I miss her.

She really likes sitting on bean bags.

Sigh I’m sure tomorrow will be a better day. Just restart and reboot again.

In the doghouse

And it’s Monday again ๐Ÿ˜”. Sunday was filled with terrible two tantrums and meltdowns. At one point I patted a weary R and said ‘see, surely you don’t want a third kid?’ Miraculously she became better towards the evening, but I think it’s because her cousin and my sister kept her entertained and distracted. I will torture my parents later, let me play first.

Having fun with LG.

Dancing to the Wiggles. She is a delight when she has my full attention.

Feels like it’s been a while since I’ve posted on my #daitaohabento. R’s favourite egg noodles with bean sprouts.

Made char siu for dinner, but I didn’t leave it in the oven long enough.

Had another go and caramelised it further at home. Much better. Only I was busy on the computer and forgot about it on the stove. I’m now soaking my burnt pot ๐Ÿ˜“, sigh, my mummy brain is so befuddled nowadays. Another horrible post partum symptom is that I’m shedding hair all over the place. Poor R is vacuuming the floor all day, the other day he looked at me sadly and said ‘it’s like having a dog’. ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…

Saitaomei is 4 months old / 5th year anniversary dinner

Saitaomei is 4 months old today! Ah how time flies, my underweight newborn is now a 6.4 kg chubby baby with the cutest coos and sweet smile.

Hahaha my sister sent me this photo, so funny. I told them if it was real the hanger would definitely break.

We joke that she’s a couch potato baby that loves the tv. In reality she is very alert and loves scrutinising people and her surroundings. I already know I will miss carrying my little soft and squishy marshmallow. Now when Saitaoha cuddles me in bed, she is all long limbed and stout, luckily I still have this puff to hug for a while.

Mummy and papa left me at home with cookies whilst they went out fine dining.

Yes, I had another night off, two days in a row (thank you long suffering gung gung and mah mah for babysitting).

R surprised me a few days ago when he msged me saying ‘want to go to Red Cabbage on Saturday?’

We haven’t had a Sat night date for aeons, let alone fine dining! This time it was to celebrate our fifth year wedding anniversary, yes, it has been that long. R asked me at dinner ‘are you sure? It has been five years??’ I told him I couldn’t get it wrong because I’ve been filling out forms that require me to fill in our marriage registration date. Or else I don’t think I would have remembered the date let alone the years ๐Ÿ˜…. Anyway, I think it’s a good sign that we both don’t feel that it’s been that long, means we’re not tired of each other yet right ? ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

We went to Red Cabbage because it’s our favourite fine dining restaurant in Perth, they never disappoint and they didn’t again tonight.

We had their Easter special menu which was a four course dinner for $59 pp. Cold tomato soup starter was a freebie (very refreshing). As usual their warm soft buns and parsley garlic whipped butter was ๐Ÿ‘.

Our first course was scallops, vindaloo cauliflower purรฉe, coriander yoghurt and saffron crisps. It was so delicious and well balanced, we loved it.

Second course was pork belly bacon, quandong, quandong and cauliflower. R and I swapped our pork belly because mine was fatty (which he loves) while his was more lean. The pork belly fats just melted, it was all very tasty but I preferred the first course.

R had the veal with eggplant, mushroom and candlenut. There was a lovely smoky flavour to the veal, again very yummy.

I had the fish as my main. It was Tasmanian salmon with nori butter sauce, red cabbage and puffed rice. This was really delicious, very decadent and rich sauce, the salmon was gorgeously medium rare and I loved the crunch of the puffed rice.

Dark chocolate mousse, cherry sorbet and Guinness jam for dessert. I enjoyed the sorbet the most but this was the most average course I thought.

The service was excellent, they even surprised us with a little happy anniversary cake and took a Polaroid picture for us.

It was a lovely celebration which we both thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated. To be honest, it was a bit hectic prepping the kids before sending them over to their grandparents. I was kinda stressed before we went out and thought maybe we wouldn’t enjoy ourselves. But I’m so glad we did. I have to admit, with the arrival of the second child, it has added strain and stress to our marriage. I’m glad we recognised the tension and are both working on it and putting in extra effort to sustain a happy marriage. May the next five years and more be filled with more happiness, love and joy.

Best of both worlds

I did it again! Hit on the dayre icon when I wanted to blog, old habits die hard ๐Ÿ˜“.

After my early CT scan today, we headed to Carousel because ah Ma wanted to do some grocery shopping.

Success is when both kids fall asleep right before lunch.

So the adults get to eat in peace ๐Ÿ˜ƒ. I had to master the art of eating with my left hand though (Saitaomei was napping on my right arm) but I reckon I did pretty well.

Hahaha that round face.

Always excited when I spot a new bakery. This one was called Dufour and is a French Japanese fusion bakery. The bread on sale looked lacklustre and was lacking in variety though.

We bought some to try. Ah ma’s verdict ‘so teng ๏ผˆ็กฌ๏ผ‰even my bread is better!’ Oops.

My matcha azuki bun was not bad, more dense sort of bread but it had a nice chewy texture. Bread wasn’t too sweet and had a hint of salt.

In the evening I had a night off kid duty and met up with my favourite ex work colleagues for dinner. We chatted for three hours straight, it was so good to talk and laugh about topics other than kids. I felt like a bit of my old self again, it was nice to immerse into the working world and be someone other than a mummy. But it was even nicer to come back home to be greeted by Saitaoha ‘mummy! Mummy !!’ she ran to me in delight and hugged my legs. I had the best of both worlds today.

4 mth old checkup

Hi mummy, mah mah dressed me in the theme of shapes.

I love her solemn looking face. This is her favourite seat in the house, the beanbag!

Today ah pa and I brought her for her 4 months child health nurse checkup. She did really well and is tracking well in her growth and development. We’ve been suspecting that she’s put on weight and we were right, she’s now 6.4 kgs ๐Ÿ˜ƒ. Her sister was 6.1 kg and one cm longer at 4 months, her father commented, ‘so Saitaomei is shorter and fatter lah?’ So bad this papa.

There was a bit of drama on our way to the check up, because it’s a new location we ended up going to the wrong place and couldn’t find the right venue. I was all for giving up and rescheduling a new appointment but ah pa refused to give up. ‘Let’s circle around and try again!’ he said. In the end the lovely nurse called me and gave us directions. When we left she said to ah pa ‘thanks Daitaoha’s dad for your persistence!’ Haha thanks indeed to my father, he is one in a million, I don’t know what I would do without my parents here.

Another chiffon cake, in fact I baked two today, one for Tristan’s class and the other for my uncle.

Roasted a chicken today but it wasn’t well cooked because I took it out too early. I should have put it in the oven earlier but it was occupied by the cakes ๐Ÿ˜“.

Ah Ma cooked this yummy bak cho mee for lunch, but I was too busy and only had it for dinner.

Saitaomei in her favourite beanbag watching tv.

Meanwhile jeje is hard at work cleaning the house.

‘You missed a spot jeje!’ says Saitaomei.

Hahaha, I would love it if both kids help me with housework in the future. I look forward to cooking and baking with them, just like how I cook and discuss recipes with ah Ma. It’s lots of fun.

Kitchenaid baby

Check out my new mint green baby. It was a very generous birthday gift, I still feel ๅฟƒ็—› when I think of the price. I don’t think my baking skills are worthy of a Kitchenaid yet, my plastic cheap Sunbeam mixer has served me well all these years. But when I offered to return the gift, the generous souls gave me this look ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜. Ok ok, I’ll bake more cakes to make up for the cost then.

Nice soft peaks! I was impressed with its speed, quiet and balanced mixing.

Of course the first bake has to be my go to chiffon cake.

It was an orange chiffon cake, turned out light and fluffy so I was happy.

Gave some cake to our neighbours and they returned the favour with these gorgeous plums and mangoes. We’re really lucky to have such generous and lovely neighbours. I’m glad that my parents have new friends too.

Saitaoha was mirroring her Tspellstrouble yee yee and enjoying sushi rolls for lunch.

Then she had cheese and crackers for afternoon tea, but she only ate all the cheese and left the crackers behind.

‘Mah Mah, buy cheese!’ she said. Poor Mah Mah is now Saitaoha’s grocery shopper.

Ah Ma sent me this photo with the caption ‘jeje watering plants, meimei supervising’. Hehe this duo warm the cockles of my heart โค๏ธ.

Liar liar pants on fire

Lied to Saitaoha and said I would give her aiji if she takes her medicine. She had been shaking her head vehemently at the offered meds, but stopped and nodded when she heard the magic word aiji. Then she drank the medicine willingly. BUT I didn’t give her aiji!! Luckily she’s quite ๅฅๅฟ˜ and forgot about it. I feel really guilty though, will let her have some when she’s fully recovered. Mummy the liar ๐Ÿคฅ, going straight to hell.

This reminds me of when we were taking a maxi cab in Singapore and the nice taxi driver uncle put on a cartoon on the video for Saitaoha. Only thing is the cartoon was a really old Tom and Jerry cartoon that I swear I watched as a kid. It was such a morbid one too and I was hoping Saitaoha wasn’t watching too intently. Tom and Jerry were doing their usual thing of Tom trying to eat Jerry and Jerry out smarting him. This time a piano fell on Tom and he died. He was floating up to catch the express train to heaven (?!) but the gatekeeper stops him and says he can’t go to heaven unless he gets Tom to sign a certificate of forgiveness. Or else it’s straight to hell for him. Anyway it ends with Tom not getting Jerry to sign in time and he falls to hell and is cooked in a cauldron (???!!). Then he wakes up and it’s all a dream.

I mean, surely this cartoon is a bit scary for kids? The second episode wasn’t any better, it was about an ugly duckling who was Jerry’s friend. Ugly duckling was very depressed that he was ugly so kept trying to commit suicide by asking Tom to eat him!! Aiyoh… I wanted to ask taxi driver uncle whether he had any Peppa pig instead. The cartoons nowadays are so tame compared to the heavy hearted cartoons of our day (anyone else cried buckets when Lion King’s father died?).

Saitaoha and Saitaomei watching tv

Both kids engrossed with Peppa pig. Saitaoha loves her.

Saitaoha drinking milk, Saitaomei also having a snack of her fist.

Ooh! Fist chomping one spots the camera ๐Ÿ˜….

March 2018