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Saitaoha is two

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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 šŸ’•.

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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.

Tristan turns 1

The clock just struck midnight and Tristan is now one years old.

Tristan 1st birthday

We had a birthday party for my nephew on Sunday, it was Giggle and Hoot themed, Hoot the owl being Tristan’s favourite cartoon character.

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The birthday party was fun (and lots of work!) even though I’m not sure Tristan knew what was going on except that there were lots of people crowding around him and cooing at his every move. The aunties played ‘passed the baby’ with him and he was very obliging and good about it.
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What a year it has been. Look at how small Tristan used to be, and how big he is now! Before the arrival of Kaka and Tristan, I was definitely not a baby person at all. In fact, I’m not sure I’m even a baby person now and am only partial towards my niece and nephew whom I think are the cutest beings in the world. Yes, I am a biased yee yee but they are sooo sweet and lovable (*_____*).

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Happy 1st birthday Tristan, be good, stay healthy and don’t grow up too quickly, your daitaoha yee yee loves you very much.

Korean bbq gathering@ Jason and Wendy’s

Four days to go before we jet off to Hong Kong! With work being so busy and all, it’s been difficult getting into the holiday mood, but we started packing a bit today so I’m starting to get excited.
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It’s official, my favourite cafe in Vic Park (and possibly Perth) is Harvest Espresso. This is my err 5th or 6th return to Harvest? I guess I’m considered a regular now.
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We did think about trying somewhere new or different for our Sunday brunch. But why go anywhere else when you’re guaranteed a great coffee and even better brunch at Harvest?

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Sometimes you just need a sandwich. Luckily Harvest makes really yummy sandwiches.Ā  Their chicken sandwich is my favourite sandwich in town. I don’t know how they do it, but the chicken is moist and juicy, soft zucchini slices and sweet pumpkin with generous lashings of aioli on crisp yet soft bread, match made in heaven.

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Saturday night at Jason and Wendy’s. We finally finished off this bottle of chinese rice wine, it’s been hanging around for a couple of years. I think we’re not great drinkers nowadays, probably growing old (T___T), my preferred drink nowadays is Coke Zero. However the girls have promised me a wild Hen’s night so I’m holding you to your words ok girls ? ( we will probably end up going for an indulgent high tea, which I actually do like too)

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Thanks for being great hosts Jason and Wendy! In a way this was probably a farewell for Gerry too, I wonder what we’ll be like when he returns from China. Probably the same and trying to finish off our second bottle of chinese rice wine haha.

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Celebrating Richard’s birthday in advance. The lucky kid is almost always overseas during his birthday, this year we will be in Macau, his birthday cake will have to be a Portuguese egg tart *slurp*

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Happy Saturdays.

Jo and HC’s birthday weekend @ Freo

Every year I’m never quite sure what to get HC for his birthday. Usually it always ends up being something fishing related like a boring BCF (that’s boats, camping and fishing haha) gift voucher. But this year IĀ  bought him a fishing weekend by putting him up in the Esplanade hotel in Fremantle for a Saturday night.

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Tristan likes hotel beds a lot haha. He was so tiny and lost in the big bed.

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This is his sweet ‘yes yee yee?’ look. Sigh, melts my heart. I will be giving this kid everything he wants when he grows up. ‘KFC yee yee?’ ‘Yes Tristan.’ ‘More sweets yee yee?’ ‘Yes Tristan’. Kaka’s sunny smile has the same effect on me, sigh.

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After checking in, we went to Cicerello’s for fish and chips.

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Seafood basket to share.

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Seafood chowder which wasn’t fantastic but it was a slightly chilly day so we felt like something warm and creamy.

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After that HC went off for an afternoon of fishing while Jo, Tristan and I shopped and trekked around Freo. It was a fun and relaxing afternoon. I love these coffee topper biscuits which I discovered in London, the London ones are soo much better, just the right thickness half melted by the hot coffee with caramel oozing from the middle. Ah well, beggars can’t be choosers.

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Mummy and Tristan all dressed up and ready to go for dinner at Char Char Bull.

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With so many good restaurants located in Freo, we were really spoilt for choice as to where to go for Jo and HC’s birthday dinner. In the end we settled with Char Char Bull which has a famous reputation for excellent steaks. Sigh, unfortunately, it was a poor choice as the steaks were no where magnificent let alone passable as normal pub food. This was our sirloin steak that came with cognac and mushroom sauce and mash. There wasn’t enough sauce which wasn’t good because the mash itself was already rather dry. The steak was overcooked (we asked for medium rare) and tough, I also disliked the charred bitter bits on the steak, there’s a difference between the smokiness of a chargrilled steak and burnt steak, I think mine was more on the burnt side.

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Jo’s scotch fillet with Sarawak peppercorn sauce and mash. Yes, Sarawak pepper sauce! We were thrilled to see that on the menu, but the pepper didn’t come out overly strong which is a pity. Jo’s steak was the opposite of ours, she had asked for it medium rare too but it came out rare. For around $40 for a steak, we were sorely disappointed. We noticed that the elderly couple next to us weren’t enjoying their steaks too and had a tough time chewing through their steak, he had to order a glass of wine to wash it down even though he already had a beer. Yikes.

On the bright side, the service was very good and staff were very obliging and friendly. Too bad they were let down by the kitchen staff. Sigh, why does it always have to be one or the other in Perth restaurants?

Char Char Bull
44b Mews Road
Fremantle WA
Ph: (08) 9335 7666

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But… despite the not so nice good, we still managed to have a good time!

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Walking along the Fremantle jetty at night.

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We didn’t dare to try the desserts at Char Char Bull and dropped by one of the cafes instead. The cakes looked nice but they weren’t good. It was a poor foodie night :(.

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Sunday night lamb roast dinner with roasted vegs and yorkshire puddings. My first go at roast lamb and yorkshire puddings. I was inspired by my sister Jan’s cooking, she cooked a beautiful lamb roast, unfortunately, mine wasn’t as good and my lamb was a bit too rare. Better luck next time. I would also like to have a fluffier and crispier yorkshire pudding next time. We had some lovely purple sweet potatoes (with white flesh) which are so so much better than the gold sweet potatoes when roasted.

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Pretty white chocolate and orange birthday cake. Surely the best part of birthdays haha.

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Another birthday dinner, this time on the day of their real birthdays. Jo requested pineapple fried rice, we ordered some yummy takeaway, R made sharksfin soup and I also made some eggplant parmigiana. An unusual mix but delicious nonetheless.

 

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Jo and HC’s first birthday celebrated with baby Tristan! I hope it was a doubly special and happy one with baby with many many more happy memories and wonderful adventuresĀ  to come. Happy birthday Jo and HC!


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