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I need a medic

Hello mummy, you sick is it? Come come Dr Saitaomei check you out.

Err Dr Saitaomei, I don’t think you’re supposed to eat your stethoscope.

Just checking it’s working mummy.

Meanwhile Saitaoha is having the best time now that her Gung Gung Mah Mah are back. Gung gung has been fetching us to his house by car everyday because it’s been raining cats and dogs. This is despite his house literally being a stone’s throw away ๐Ÿ˜….

This afternoon it stopped raining so I decided we would walk over. Saitaoha walked out of our door, saw the empty driveway and said ‘where’s Gung Gung?’ So spoilt this kid!

็™ฝ่œๆฑค๏ผŒstir fried sweet potato leaves, salted egg yolk chicken and air fried chicken wings for dinner. I miss having dinner with my parents, it was nice.

I feel my fever creeping back up so have downed some Panadol. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a fever, I couldn’t understand why I felt so hot yet so cold last night with my heater on. Perth is so wet and chilly this week, @Tspellstrouble, good week to be away!

I’m so lucky that I only fell ill when my parents were back, maybe my body was holding up till then haha. I have a scheduled lunch date with my ex work besties this Sat but I might have to give it a miss if I’m not well then ๐Ÿ˜ญ. Then again, it’s kinda shocking that I will be back at work in three weeks, sigh I will miss the kids. I’m looking forward to working, but I’m not looking forward to my workplace, does that make sense?

Oh well, I’ll try to make the most of the next few weeks. I need to get back to exercising, ah Ma and I both want to but we don’t know how we will find the time sigh ๐Ÿ˜”.

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Picnic

Saitaoha, is that a nugget in your hands?

Too late mummy. Om nom nom.

It’s finger lickin’ good!

We had a long overdue catch-up with my friends. I felt really bad because they’ve been trying to schedule a catch-up with me for maybe half a year?! In the end they got so desperate they said ‘can we drop by your house to pass you presents for Saitaomei before it’s too late?’ They were worried the clothes they bought for Saitaomei would be too small for her by the time they got to see her ๐Ÿ˜…. So I suggested a picnic by the park so that Saitaoha gets to run around and go to the playground.

First time eating spam onigiri made by my friend’s Japanese wife, it was yummy!

Cousins reunite! She really misses her koko and jeje, keeps talking about them.

My Saitaoha is a fiesty one, not afraid of the bigger boisterous boys at the playground at all! There was this kid that yelled at her and Tristan saying ‘you can’t play here!! It’s for big kids!!! Not small kids!!’ She stared at him and chattered to him in her baby talk, refused to move or go away haha.

Made beef brisket noodles for R’s lunch when he returned from work.

Then we had a family dinner to celebrate Mother’s Day, ah pa paid for dinner saying ‘all my daughters are mummies’. Sigh I wish he wouldn’t keep paying for our meals, he’s retired and not earning an income leh, but ah pa is generous and stubborn like that.

Despite my best efforts, both kids are refusing to sleep early tonight. Sigh, and Saitaoha is down with a cough too, I only hope it’s a slight one and she recovers quickly. The best Mother’s Day gift would be my kids staying happy and healthy throughout the year ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป.

My girls

This little girl is not so little anymore. She replies to my instructions with a cheery ‘ok mummy!’. She will emphasise her requests with a ‘please!’ ‘Please mummy, chock-late please!!’ ๐Ÿ˜… It makes it quite difficult to say no. She’s not so into milk anymore but is drinking more water which is great. After her snacks and food, she will grab her water bottle and help herself.

She’s quite OCD about the placement of things. She will take off her shoes and socks and line them up neatly on the floor (she even does it for our shoes haha). She stuffs her socks into her shoes just like how her papa does.

Saitaoha is no dainty little flower though, she’s boisterous, cheeky and funny. She loves the new beanbag that we got for the house and launches herself like a rocket into it.

This little one has the loveliest smiles first thing in the morning.

I love kissing her boing boing cheeks.

Ah Ma put her in the high chair, soon she’ll be ready for solids. I hope this means she sleeps longer at night. Part of me wishes she could stay a baby forever. I will miss my koala.

Beansprout noodles bento, R says he could eat this everyday.

Braised beef shank with tau kee, I thought with two kids, that would be the end of my favourite type of slow cooking. But hooray for instant pot, this took 20 minutes and it was so tender and flavourful. I’ve reserved all the master stock and beef brisket for R’s fav beef brisket noodles for the weekend.

A good day today.

School holidays

I wish WordPress had stickers like Dayre because I need a confetti throwing ๐ŸŽ‰ cat right now, Saitaoha has recovered! Her appetite is back to normal and all errr bodily functions are back to normal too. Hooray!

It’s school holidays so my mum is looking after LG during the day. It’s great for Saitaoha because she loves her jeje’s company. Here they are drawing together.

My sister baked a quiche which I had for brunch with a kopi, it had asparagus, onions and bacon, very delicious.

In return I made a lasagna which the kids and my parents will be having for lunch tomorrow.

Oh hai, anyone miss me? This one is getting demanding, insists on being carried and walked around, Mah Mah’s arms are breaking.

Hehe so cute together. I’m hoping to bring the kids to the playground tomorrow, all kids invited, Tspellstrouble want to come ?

Simple dinner tonight of ah Ma’s veg tomyum soup, honey pork with brocolli, ็•ช่Œ„็‚’่›‹.

Hope the kid sleeps early tonight!

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.

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˜…

2015 Year of the Sheep

Gong Xi Fa Cai! I just realised that I’ve had this blog since 2009, that’s like going on 7 years!! It’s pretty amazing when you think my 2nd blog post talked about how I wished my siblings were there to join us for dinner ‘if only if only’ and now it’s only Darren that’s missing from the picture! It took a long time but we’re getting there ๐Ÿ™‚
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Our reunion dinner, it’s so much more fun and loud now that the kids are here and Jan’s family has joined us in Perth. I remember in the old days Jo and I had to join Calv’s family for reunion dinner and became the token ‘Wong’ family members. It was really nice of them to us join them come to think of it. I should really bake a cake for Mama Wong some day.

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Andy is our ‘fish’ master, I love the fishes that he steams haha. My sharksfin soup was a fail I reckon, next year I’m going to leave it to R. But at least the braised abalone went well! I’m going to do this as a treat in the future.

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R and his abalone lollipop haha.

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Lou hei. I love this dish I’m not sure why. I think it’s the combination of flavours and texture. Hopefully the year of the Sheep will be a great one for our family and friends, lots of good luck, good health and good fortune please (not greedy at all haha!).

We had our traditional Chinese New Year morning tea at work (3 years running now). As per usual, I shared my colleagues’ zodiac fortunes for the year, explained some Chinese New Year customs and introduced my colleagues to some CNY treats. I really enjoy these annual sessions because I’m proud of our Chinese culture and customs and it’s great to be able to share some of this knowledge.

It’s been a week of feasting and lack of exercise though so I’m hoping to be better next week. Hmm… have to start planning for Chap Goh Meh dinner, maybe steamboat? So much for being good …


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