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Saitaoha is 3

I’m a tad embarrassed that my parents are still driving me to and fro from work occasionally. In my 30s! But I have to admit, I love our little chats in the cars and it’s so nice to see the little ones and my ah pa and ah ma at the end of a work day.

It was Saitaoha’s 3rd birthday yesterday and the doting yee yee stopped by with a cake even though she’s already had two!

Her third birthday cake.

The second one that we had the past weekend during a family gathering.

Her giant birthday cake from Secret Recipe, their cakes are so huge and affordable compared to Aussie ones. Her grandparents were mighty pleased with her sitting in front of the cake by herself, as if it were a great feat #grandparentslens #thekidcandonowrong

I didn’t even get to eat this cake because it was our last night in Kuching where I had severe cramps and threw up all night.

I love these series of photos of my two, they were so happy playing together :). I love it that they will have each other to grow up together.

Three years of motherhood, it feels a lot longer sometimes. But I also know it will go by in a flash and I will miss her early years so much. I already miss her as a baby and cheeky toddler. She’s so good at communicating and expressing herself nowadays, we can have long conversations and she always surprises us with her vocabulary. I guess no expectations is a good thing, we are thrilled with all her little developments and milestones.

I pray that my little girl will continue to grow up healthy and happy, surrounded and loved by her family and friends.

Happy 3rd birthday Saitaoha 💕💕💕

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Takoyaki birthday

Impromptu dim sum brunch with my family. I love dim sum, I think because I’m greedy and I get to eat lots of different things in small portions haha. The egg tart was so good I wish I bought some home!

This girl enjoyed her dim sum session very much! Stuffing her mouth with bao and wiggling her legs in joy. She’s so easy to bring out…

In contrast to this one who was so naughty. Didn’t eat properly and didn’t want to stay in her high chair. I had to bring her out of the restaurant to scold her but she still acted up at home. Sigh.

New oven at ah ma’s house! Her old compact oven went kaput after Saitaomei’s birthday party. I didn’t want to get it fixed because that particular French brand is super hard to fix (we experienced this with the coffee machine) so we got a brand new big one instead. Looking forward to try it out!

It’s my sister’s birthday today and we went over to crash her takoyaki party. She received a Bruno pan for her birthday and we got to try it straight away.

BIL ladling on the batter which is really easy to make.

Hehe so many helpers. It wasn’t easy and we didn’t get it perfect but it was so fun! I want to do it again. I also have a takoyaki pan which R bought for my bday maybe 2 years ago? It’s not as handy as a Bruno but I’m longing to crack it open now.

Looks quite legit right? We were hiding the ugly sides 😂.

So yummy when fresh and piping hot though. Saitaoha liked it a lot too.

Then the kids had a song and dance session, really enjoyed themselves. We also had birthday cake which was a nice end to the night.

See Saitaomei was very pleased! Also because she ate loads of birthday cake 😅.

A lovely night, I hope my sister had a nice birthday and all her birthday wishes come true!

Tristan is 6

My nephew is six years old today! I believe he had a fantastic birthday as his doting mummy took the day off to bring him out for a day of fun.

They ended the day at my parents’ house where we all had yummy takeaway pizza, Korean fried chicken and birthday cake of course.

I didn’t take any pictures because I was helping my sister to man her camera.

But here is one of a determined looking Saitaomei who was really eyeing the birthday cake.

Of course she had a bite or two! Tamchiak baby. She’s always hovering around my ah pa’s legs when he’s cutting fruit, hoping to get a bite. She needn’t worry because flying Gung Gung will have prepared her bite size pieces of fruit. My kids have the best lives really.

So no pictures of birthday boy, but heres wishing the little boy the best of health and an abundance of happiness :).

Saitaoha is two

From this

To this …

In a blink of an eye, my Saitaoha turns two.

The two years have been tough on my physical and mental self, my bones are weary, my eyes are bloodshot and my back is breaking. Mentally, I am exhausted, I forget things easily, I feel guilty and stressed all the time. But my heart is full. Yes it’s been tough but it’s also been easy, so easy to love this child, so simple to be happy the instance you hear her laugh, or wrap her in a cuddle, or smooth her hair.

Saitaoha is a monkey, she’s so cheeky and bright. Once she passed one, I stopped recording her milestones nor do I know what they’re supposed to be. But it amazes me that she knows her numbers, shapes, colours and the entire alphabet. She learns new words everyday and it’s so fun to hear her talk her toddler language. I hope we always applaud her little achievements and encourage her to keep learning and developing.

Character wise she is well on her way to terrible twos. She is demanding, stubborn and strong willed. She is also generous, sweet and funny. I am struggling to keep my patience and anger at bay when she misbehaves. It troubles me that I forget she’s only two especially with the arrival of Saitaomei. It’s like I expect her to grow up and be the big sister overnight because I now have less time for her. But she’s only just turned two, I need to remind myself to stop being so hard on her. And to be more patient.

Like now when it’s almost midnight and she refuses to sleep! I try not to get angry and coax her to sleep. She climbs on me, plants kisses on my cheeks and grins at me in the dark. Where did she learn to do that? Heart melts instantly.

Today it was all about Saitaoha. We bought her a little strawberry cake and she loved it. ‘Cake mummy!! Cake!!’ She loves blowing candles and we had to stop her from blowing them out before the birthday song was sung.

Gung gung helps to blow out candles. Her gung gung dotes on her so much, perhaps too much.

Eating cake is a serious job. Later on Mah Mah ‘helped’ to finish her unfinished cake which she left on her plate for ages. But she was upset and looked at Mah Mah in dismay ‘caaaake!!’ she wailed. Poor Mah Mah was so guilty she gave her a pack of nuts. Which her mummy ended up finishing and she looked at her mummy and wailed ‘nuuts!!’ Oops.

A happy girl and her cake. She knows how to say happy birthday but sometimes she gets it mixed up and says ‘happy day!!’ which is even better. May you always be happy my dearest Saitaoha. Love you to pieces 💕.

Happy birthday ah pa

Happy birthday to the best ah pa and gung gung ever. I am so lucky to have been blessed with the most kind and considerate ah pa ever. I hope the kids will grow up to appreciate and love their gung gung who showers them with such love and care.

I was always a bit of a daddy’s girl. But when I grew older and especially during my rebellious teenage phase, I caused my father much angst and worry. I remember when I was young I loved sitting on my father’s lap and feel his big hands patting my head. It is heartwarming to see these tender gestures now doled out to my kids, ah pa warming Saitaoha’s hands with his big hands during winter, carrying Saitaomei and giving her a kiss.

May you always be happy and healthy ah pa. Happy birthday.

Another one Yee Yee?

It’s been the best April ever! Starting with our great Singapore trip, to the glorious Easter long weekend (endless fun Easter egg hunts with Kaka ) which just ended with birthday celebrations for Andy, HC and Jo. Life is just so much better with more family being in Perth and I really really love being an aunty!

Before I start on my food laden Singapore posts, I just wanted to end this post with a hot off the press photo of Jo and HC’s birthday tonight.

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Tristan had a whole piece of cake to himself!

Chinese New Year in Perth and turning another year older

As one grows older wiser, you tend to appreciate your birthdays even more (because you know it means you are gradually on your way to fossil status). My birthdays over the past few years have been absolutely fabulous but this year’s birthday was extra special because it fell on the first day of Chinese New Year!

Quite a few colleagues asked why I didn’t take the day off, but I really didn’t see the need to. I have to admit that lately I’ve been a bit of a work freak but I oddly enough, do genuinely enjoy my work most of the time so I guess I’m pretty lucky. It helps that I have very sweet workmates who thoroughly spoilt me and I received lots of presents, flowers and birthday wishes. It was all a bit embarrassing but I was very touched.
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Ok, I haven’t been doing too well with the whole work life/balance thing. I meant to get off work early to go grocery shopping with Jo and cook up a storm for reunion dinner. Instead I left work late and could only whip up a few simple dishes. It was still very nice having dinner together as a small family, I can’t wait till Jan and family arrive, reunion dinners will be so much bigger then, woohoo!

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Jo surprised me with homecooked birthday long life noodles in chicken abalone soup for dinner on my birthday. It was such a nice surprise and a very tasty one to boot. Usually not a fan of long life noodles, I finished every last drop of my bowl because it was 1) very nice 2) cooked by Jo! (T___T).
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Wendy’s parents are in town and invited us over for a Chinese New Year banquet all cooked by Wendy’s mum! Seriously, the whole table was laden with delicious, spicy and traditional Chinese dishes. I don’t think we did any justice to Wendy’s mum’s great cooking but we definitely tried our best.

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My favourite dish cooked by Wendy’s mum, this braised beef dish which was so good that I couldn’t stop eating it. I have to ask them for the recipe.
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The baby approved too.
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It was a fun afternoon of good food and good company. Thank you for being such hospitable hosts and for inviting us Jason and Wendy! It truly felt like Chinese New Year .
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Can’t be Chinese New Year without the traditional pineapple tarts.
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I suspect my nephew is going to be a little foodie when he grows up.
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He was quite upset with me when I didn’t share my pineapple tarts and pointed his finger indignantly at the red box.
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His serious face while sampling a tart.
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I’m going to have so much fun with this boy when he grows up.
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Definitely takes after his da yee who is a huge pineapple tart fan.

Another wonderful birthday surrounded by the best family and friends who as usual make me feel lucky and privileged to have them in my life. A different sort of Chinese New Year, I’m not sure I missed Kuching that much but I did miss my parents and the excitement of getting ready for Chinese New Year. It will be lovely when we’re all together again.


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