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Peaceful Sunday

Both kids are asleep, yippee! Normally I would relish this earlier bedtime and indulge in some me time. But I’m feeling so sleepy myself and it’s back to work tomorrow so I might call it a night.

R commented earlier that it’s been a nice weekend. He has been saying quite a few times that it’s so nice to have us back, he has really missed his daughters, and maybe me a little too haha. The saying absence makes the heart grow fonder is true! To be honest, I didn’t miss him at all during our trip. It’s because the girls keep me so preoccupied, I really have no time for anything else. I’m usually just tired everyday even though it feels like I didn’t do much?

Eh what is jeje doing ?

This is how you brush your teeth mei mei.

She did try to offer her toothbrush to mei mei hehe.

Earlier in the day we checked out the new fresh produce section at our local shopping hub. I was very impressed and excited haha, really auntie life lah, excited about cheap and fresh fruit and veg for sale.

Cooked dinner of pan fried lamb steak, broccoli and pumpkin stir fry, pork rib and radish soup. R must have been so happy to have fresh food that he walloped so much dinner. Saitaoha also had a good appetite all day and even requested her favourite broccoli and mushrooms. I was amused but pleased that my cooking has been missed.

I feel like I’ve been away from work for so long, not sure what work is going to be like, but at least I have my family to look forward to at the end of a work day.


Home sweet home

Hooray we’re home. I’ve finally showered and am lying between the sheets with Saitaomei sleeping next to me. Saitaoha is with her daddy next door, I’m thinking she should k.o. pretty soon. It’s been a looong day.

I had my hands down worst flight ever with the kids. Saitaomei cried so loudly for ages and Saitaoha decided to join her by being most impossible and whiny. I was literally at a loss, rocking a wailing Saitaomei in my arms, whilst trying to calm down a screaming Saitaoha next to me. Poor yee yee at the back tried to throw sweets at Saitaoha to no avail. My mum moved seats to try and help me, but we were both helpless. Towards to the end I almost tuned out the wailing and just stared outside the window willing for the plane to land.

That innocent look doesn’t fool me Saitaomei! I still love her to bits even though I swear I felt like strangling Saitaoha at some points, she was sooo naughty!

But it doesn’t matter now. We’re home safe and sound. Nothing seems to have changed much except I’m a few kilos heavier 😫. Time to go back to healthier home cooking and a daily routine again.

Last day in Kuching

Favourite picture of Saitaoha today. This little girl has had a great holiday, it’s time for her to go back to her normal routine and eating habits though. I think she will be glad to go home, she’s always been a homebody and loves pottering about the house.

Saitaomei will miss her free and easy car rides. She’s grown so much during this trip, her father will hardly recognise her. She’s been such a joy for me this trip. I guess because I’m better at dealing with babyhood than the trials and tribulations of toddlerhood.

Hehe I love how little she looks and also the worried expression on her face, she looks like she’s thinking ‘are these guys going to feed me or not?’ She is liking her solids this munchkin.

It was heart wrenching saying goodbye to my grandmother. She’s so much better but that means she seems to register that we’re leaving her yet again.

I’m glad to be going home. Kuching has been comforting as usual, but I need to get back to the daily humdrum of life again. Goodbye my dear family home, I will miss you.

Mozzie attack

Last kueh chap of the year. Unless I make it myself in Perth? But let’s not kid myself, who has time to clean pig intestines nowadays? It amazes me that 5 years ago, we visited my sister in England and to satisfy her cravings, I cooked kueh chap, tomato kueh tiaw and baked siew pao. Who has time or energy to do that now? Some days when Saitaoha is acting up or sleeping particularly badly (last night was case in point) I just want to return the kids 😓.

Yeah durian for baby!

Actually baby gets none but she is getting to eat local bananas and papayas which she enjoys very much.

The kids are being eaten alive by the mozzies in Malaysia. They had a brief reprieve when we were in Singapore as our flat level was too high for mozzies. But since we’ve been back, the mozzies have come out in full force and it’s been a feeding frenzy. They only like young blood it seems, poor Tristan, Saitaoha and Saitaomei are covered with red, angry bites 😭.

We’ve been spraying mosquito repellent to no avail, those are some tough, pesky mozzies. And unlike the fat, slow ones in Perth, the mozzies here are quick and very good at hiding!

Ah pa tells me that he’s been waking up at night and shining a torchlight on Saitaomei and her surroundings to hunt for these monsters. ‘Boh kua tiok leh, ta pi yi ku si hor mang ka’ (couldn’t see them but she’s still getting bitten by mosquitos!) he laments. The thought of my ah pa getting up at night just to chase away mosquitoes from biting his precious grandchild is just 😭😭😭. Seriously my kids are so lucky to have the best grandfather ever.

The days slip away

Hmmm… I wonder whether it’s one of those days where everyone is eating yummy food and I get nothing again.

Eh not bad, I get a snack too 😀.

And my jeje is willing to play with me at last! It’s a good day 😃.

Mummy says my top front teeth are out, papa will be amazed at how much I’ve grown in these past few weeks.

Saitaoha enjoying her milo peng. She doesn’t eat much outside, preferring simple home cooked food.

More for the adults then! Kampua mee from Yi An kopitiam.

Sister and I shared a laksa which was pretty good.

Both kids napped at the same time so I rewarded myself with a siew pao and Sundrop lime juice. I used to love this lime juice as a kid and now I still like it as an adult.

Ah ma and ah pa went out and da-paoed the famous Old Rex prawn fritters and other yummy fried things for our afternoon tea. It was really good with their chilli sauce, I ate so much that I had to skip dinner.

Afternoon shopping with the sister was fun, the kids had a short playground session but Saitaoha was so naughty and pushed a little boy away from the playhouse. I made her say sorry but poor little boy was crying. She wasn’t allowed to continue to play after that 😡.

These two squabble like mad but had fun giving us a dance performance tonight. Saitaoha copying everything her koko was doing like a parrot.

They have a fan! Hahahaha.

Kuching festival

Oh hai. I am at my favourite spot, on Mah Mah’s lap in the front seat of the car. I am happy you be back in Kuching because I love my car rides and my VIP seat.

No yummy hawker food for me, so I chew on my dummy loh.

Jeje was supposed to share this kolo mee with koko, but she couldn’t stand the heat and had a meltdown instead, everyone was staring at her.

I brought her away to calm her down but couldn’t even get her to cool down because this ah pek was just standing there, staring at us and saying ‘yi jor mik kao?’ (Why is she crying?) It took superhuman effort for me to bite my tongue and refrain from snapping ‘mai kaypoh uncle!!’

Prawn noodles, a dish that my parents love and we used to have many times during our childhood. It was never my favourite and is still so-so to me now.

My grandmother was so alert today, I haven’t seen her bright eyes stare at me for ages, but she seems so much better now.

Kids looking a bit apprehensive.

We went for a quick spin at Kuching Festival, I haven’t been for at least a decade. It used to be so much fun as a child and teenager, I knew it wouldn’t be great now but I still wanted to go for old times’ sake.

Lots of food stalls but all selling pretty similar stuff like Taiwan sausages, ice cream and bbq meat. Nothing looked appealing but we had lots of ice cream because it was so hot.

Saitaoha was acting up and super cranky, passerbys kept commenting that her cheeks were fiery red.

She insisted on carrying her Peppa pug balloon instead of letting it float.

Admiring Tristan Koko’s balloon. We quickly bought some takeaway and cabut. If I ever make it back to the annual Kuching festival again I probably won’t go again!


My big girl and my little girl at Changi airport, my favourite airport in the world.

Back into the safe arms of Gung Gung and Mah Mah. Saitaoha was so happy to see her Gung Gung, ‘Gung Gung! Gung Gung!’ she kept calling to him from the back seat of the car.

She happily showed me her ice cream that Gung Gung gave her half an hour later 😅.

For the past few nights, ah ma and I have been sharing a room with the girls. Which means not much sleep because they kept waking each other up. It pained me to hear my mother’s soothing mutterings to Saitaomei, even though she was in deep sleep just a second ago, at the sound of the baby’s cries, her hand would move on auto pilot to pat the child and hunt for her dummy.

This guilt of mine towards my parents will never go away. But there are many moments like today, when I see my father’s face light up at the sight of his manja grandchild, and his equally besotted grandchild showering her Gung Gung with hugs. At that moment, my guilt dissipates, and I’m just so happy that my children and parents love each other and bring each other so much joy.

August 2018
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