Archive for December, 2019

Papa and mei mei

This is why fathers melt like putties around their daughters.

You must be doing ok as a papa for your daughter to look at you this way.

Deck the halls with holly

The Christmas holidays have been nothing short of glorious. It’s been relaxing, fun and filled with family activities. The kids are having the best time ever because they get to hang out with their favourite cousins and Yee yees.

I finally baked the turkey which was brined for two days in the fridge.

Turkey goes in the oven.


The breast could be more moist but otherwise it was pretty good! I even made the gravy from the drippings and ah pa approved.

We had such a good Christmas spread!

Everything tasted delicious 😋.

My Christmas log cake which was actually a chocolate Swiss roll in disguise. Cheese and crackers after dinner was pretty fabulous too.

Another look at the Christmas cake.

On Christmas Eve Saitaoha accompanied me to work for the first time. She was very excited and thrilled.

Look at that happy smile.

I think she really enjoyed herself that day.

Cousins enjoying Christmas lunch. They performed for us a Christmas song afterwards, cuteness overload.

We went for a picnic with our new friends, R and I are trying to expand our social circle.

It was a lovely day by the river, Saitaomei and Saitaoha had lots of fun running around in the grass. On days like these you are reminded how nice it is to live in Perth with its blue skies and sunny weather.

The grandchildren really enjoyed their Christmas gift from Gung Gung Mah Mah! I wish it could withstand adult weight, would have loved to go down the slide.

Celebrated my sister’s birthday, the children gave her flowers.

We brought two of them into the city today, Saitaoha is always happy when her cousins are around. She cries when they won’t hold her hand, such a silly billy.

Finally treated my parents to lunch of Bari Uma ramen. My father keeps paying for our meals, it was great that I could finally treat them to a meal. We had a fun day out in the city!

I think I will be sad when the holidays are over, and they almost are, but this time I don’t feel the blues as much because we’re going back to Kuching for Chinese New Year soon! Wah December- January really are the best months of the year.

Brining the turkey

Brining the 3.8kg turkey.

Took up half my fridge!

I’m not sure how this is going to turn out to be honest. But I’ve been wanting to roast a turkey for Christmas for years, it’s about time I get round to it.

Gung Gung and his grandchildren at our uncle’s annual Christmas party 🥰.

Attending my niece’s Nutcracker ballet recital, it was a bit long for Saitaoha but she really enjoyed it. I asked her what was the best part of the ballet and she answered ‘LG!’

She worships her LG jeje.

Vainpot wanted to put on makeup too.

Haha so pleased with her makeup.

Our homemade Christmas cookies this year, lots of effort but worth it I hope.

Let’s hope this year’s Christmas is great!

Saitaoha’s 3 yr pre kindy graduation

I attended Saitaoha’s three year pre kindy graduation event today, it was informal, casual and intimate. The little kids were all so cute and pleased that their parents were in the room.

I’m really glad my mother encouraged me to take time off work to go, she would have been the only kid without her mummy if I didn’t go, and I’m glad I didn’t miss this milestone.

Poor girl wasn’t her usual active and bubbly self, she kept to herself and had a serious expression throughout. The virus really got to her poor child, luckily both of us didn’t have any coughing fits during the event!

She loves school so much and you can understand why when you see how much love and care the teachers and school put into creating a fun, safe and warm environment for the kids to thrive.

Happy with the scented gingerbread man that my lovely colleague bought for her.

Still praying that we all have a full recovery soon, I am really suffering at work!

Sick kids part 2

Saitaoha comatosed throughout the day, beaten by the evil bug that brings about wracking cough spasms, running high fever and full body aches.

Saitaomei was carrier No.1 or was it me? I had barely recovered from my bronchitis bout and was hit by this killer bug. It’s been a month of illness after illness, I am so sick (literally) of it!

There is so much work to be done at the office and it’s just piling up. But the kids need me now, poor Saitaoha was so miserable today and begged me to stay by her side and sit or lie next to her. She rejected food all day, threw up her milk and cried. But it was mostly her sad lethargic self crawled up on the couch that made me feel so so sad.

There were funny moments during the day though.


(I’m drying Saitaoha after we both had our baths)

🧒🏻: mummy is that a mouse? (Pointing at my mole on my arm)

👩🏻: A mole Saitaoha not a mouse.

🧒🏻: mummy you have a mole here, there’s another mole on your face, and another mole here , and one more here …

👩🏻: 😒😒😒


🧒🏻: Mummy! Santa was at Bunnings!!

👩🏻: oh how nice! Did Santa give you any presents? Did he say merry Christmas?

🧒🏻: ……..

🧒🏻: 😢 (lips quivering and eyes welling at the thought of no presents and unfriendly Santa) but mummy, it’s NOT CHRISTMAS YET!!!

👩🏻: (Wah still can defend Santa)


Saitaomei during the weekend at the height of her killer bug. Falling asleep on the floor.

Thankfully she’s better now and was out enjoying the sunshine and picking ah pa’s first harvest of grapes.

Looks are deceiving, the grapes aren’t that big.

But grape picking makes for good pictures don’t they?

Ok over and out. So tired I hope we all make a full recovery soon.

Sick kids

My little girl’s 3 year old kindy class photo. She’s so big now, how bittersweet. She’s been breaking my heart a bit because she caught her sister’s virus and is starting to get feverish and cough.

I was going to attend her 4 year old kindy orientation session with her tomorrow. She was all excited about mummy being at her school and staying with her (sigh I am really quite sad about this, perils of a working mum) so when I told her she might not be able to go since she’s sick, she started pleading with me to go to school.

Every hour or so she would come to me and say ‘mummy can I drink a lot of water then I feel better then I can go to school?’

‘Mummy I drink a lot of water and I don’t cough now so I can go to school tomorrow’.

‘Mummy is it I rest now and I can go to school tomorrow?’

‘Mummy can you give me medicine then I can feel better and I can go to school tomorrow?’

‘Mummy I am better now, I can go to school tomorrow.’

‘Mummy can I put on socks then my feet won’t be cold and then I won’t cough and I can go to school tomorrow?’

I am so sorry Saitaoha. I don’t think you will be well enough to go to school tomorrow. But I promise that I will attend your graduation ceremony next week and spend the morning with you at your favourite school.

Meanwhile mei mei is a shell of a former self, she’s not even wailing and angry crying anymore, it’s little pitiful cries every now and then and lots of listless lying on mummy inertia.

My poor babies 😭

December 2019