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After I four

πŸ§’πŸ»: Mummy, is it I can have birthday party after I four? Now I three?

πŸ‘©πŸ»: Yes Saitaoha, when you turn four.

πŸ§’πŸ»: (jumping happily) yeeeahh!! After I four, mummy bake rainbow cake for me, and mummy buy pink big dress for me, and Yee yee buy me lots and lots of balloons 🎈…

Looks like I’ll have to throw her a birthday party when she’s four πŸ˜….

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Saitaomei: woohoo I get my own bowl!

Saitaoha: mummy mei mei is making a mess!

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Easter trip – Dunsborough

What terrible weather for our Easter road trip!

Didn’t dampen Saitaoha’s excitement though :). She’s been asking me everyday whether she can ‘go on holiday yet?’ Please mummy please….’ finally I could say yes today and she went ‘yeah!!!’

Our air bnb house is really quite nice with great family areas, it’s a pity the weather is so crummy or else we would be walking to the beach nearby.

Mushroom risotto for dinner cooked by my trusty Phillips all in one cooker. We wanted something easy to cook and this hit the spot.

Breaking out the snacks flown from the United States. It is really fun being all together. I’m looking forward to tomorrow already.

We have a babysitter in Aunty Peggy, she’s like a pied piper, all the kids adore her and follow her everywhere.

Now that we’re on the way back home, it is safe to say that the best day of our holiday was the first day :S. I think our downfall was my stupid attitude of trying to please everyone but ending up pleasing no one. It’s something that I have a habit of doing and I’m kicking myself for it. R didn’t help of course, at times I feel like I have three children, with him being the most petulant and childish one! It’s when I’m reminded how different our upbringings and characters are. Trying periods but we get through them as we always do.

Very impressive sandcastle, other little kids came along to help decorate too, so cute.

We lost our hearts to the beach just 5 mins walk from our place.

It was breathtaking in the evening and during sunset.

Hehe little Saitaomei got to dip her feet in the cold waters. She loved it of course.

More sandcastle building for the dynamic duo. She was like LG’s little shadow throughout the holiday.

The pinks and blues πŸ’•.

The winery that nobody wanted to go to except me πŸ˜“.

But at least Jiu Jiu scored a happy picture with Saitaomei! He has been trying to win her heart the whole trip and semi succeeded.

Happy at The Berry Farm playground with her heroine. The farm was a disappointment and I wish we didn’t go, it wasn’t the season for berry picking and everyone was tired after the long drive.

The scones were good though.

Their signature beef and red wine pie was bad, even R was struggling to finish it.

Mei mei enjoyed running around the playground.

It felt like these long windy roads were a huge part of the trip. Why is everything in Perth so far from each other? We need to have better planning systems.

This was the highlight of Saitaoha’s holiday, the countless amount of Easter egg hunts she had, I feel she will remember it for years to come.

Very serious this Easter egg hunting activity.

Mei mei had some Easter egg hunt fun too. I still remember when Saitaoha was too small to understand the Easter egg hunt that her cousins had so much fun with, she’s grown up so much.

I am so much less patient with her compared to her mei mei. Because she is bigger I expect so much more from her, it’s pretty tough for this three year old. During the holiday I scolded her for not eating her food properly and told her she was not going to the beach. She’s a stubborn one too, she sat at the bottom of the stairs sadly but refused to speak to me.

Then she told my ah ma ‘Mummy is so naughty, she so bad to me’. Woes of being a mummy. She doesn’t look for me for comfort or tenderness, it’s her mah mah that she looks for. Sigh what to do.

They’re so cute together. One all encompassing in her love for her jeje, jeje basking in the adoration from her loyal fan.

It was lovely being able to spend time with my family even though there were only brief quality moments.

Like the walk to the shops with ah ma and Saitaoha in the stroller.

The supper of Maggi Mee that we all had during our last night. We were not really hungry, I think we siblings just wanted to do something together. Like the old days when we had roadside burgers at our family home together, everyone had one even though I was really the only one hankering for a sloppy burger.

Then there was the dark walk to the shops with my siblings after some beach activity. It was fun walking in the darkness, teasing each other and laughing at our own jokes.

It wasn’t an easy or perfect family holiday, but the little pockets of gold are enough to sustain me till our next holiday.

Damai beach resort

We are back from our staycation at Damai beach resort. The resort is exactly the same as it was last year, dilapidated and in need of refurbishment. Even the buffet fare was exactly the same as last year’s haha. Despite the lacking condition of the rooms and facilities, we still had a great time, especially the kids.

Saitaomei loved the pool as expected. She has no fear that child, whereas Saitaoha was more cautious at that age and still is now.

Saitaoha enjoyed the pool a lot this time as well. But I think she’s too old for floats now so I will buy her arm bands and sign her up for swimming lessons when we are back.

Both kids had fun playing with their beach toys which their kuku and kuzhang bought for them.

She was a bit puzzled with the sandy beach but soon got the hang of it.

Papa and his baby on the beach.

Saitaoha was so happy to be with everyone, she’s a social butterfly this girl.

We wanted Saitaoha to be the mermaid but both kids refused to be buried in sand.

Guess who had to be the merman instead HAHAHAHA

Card games at night were lots of fun. It was especially fun watching the parents in law play, father in law would give a little chuckle every time he was about to win.

Mei mei and Gong Gong at breakfast buffet. We usually spent a long time at breakfast, R and his sister can really eat! And they’re still so skinny, so unfair.

Their laksa was flavourful and a favourite of R’s every morning.

Whereas I had nasi lemak everyday, very shiok.

Seafood dinner which was very yummy.

Happy kids πŸ˜ƒ= fun staycation.

We are back from the resort now, I’m not sure about R but I felt a little sad when we were leaving because it feels like our holiday is coming to an end.

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Totally failed attempt of trying to get a nice photo of my babies in their pretty twinning outfits. It’s almost impossible to get good shots of these moving targets.

Much better shot! But why isn’t mummy in the picture ? Why aren’t mummies ever in pictures?

Asked Saitaoha to smile and this is the grin she gives me πŸ™‚

The kids discover the joy of CNY snacking early in life.

She really really liked all the snacking, even figured how to open the lids by herself.

The focus of this picture is the giant prawn cracker in her hand. She had many many crackers today.

It’s nice to see Saitaoha having fun with R’s siblings and the in laws. I’ve been luckier in life in that my kids get to spend a lot of time with my family, so these festive occasions are fantastic for the kids to bond with R’s family.

She is the funniest kid, rushing upstairs to place her angpaos carefully in the left side of the drawer, she even helps mei mei to store hers on the right corner.

There was so much food. My stomach is hurting from the overeating so I’m going to go on a detox tomorrow. I’m also suffering from a cough, yucks.

Ok I might still have some prawn crackers with achar, my favourite combination.

Look at that hopeful girl!

I’m glad we found some time to visit my parents and mah mah today. I think the kids are missing Gung Gung Mah Mah a bit, Saitaoha didn’t want to go home.

Kuching Day 1&2

Saitaoha and pink xiu xiu home bound a couple of days ago.

Even though it was a long day of travelling, both kids especially Saitaoha did very well. Saitaomei did get fussy now and then, but nothing terrible by baby standards.

She enjoyed the car ride at KLIA2. It is so good that airports are a lot more child friendly nowadays. She wasn’t happy when we reached home though, but I wasn’t surprised because I knew she’s at the stranger anxiety stage and would be overwhelmed by the new surroundings and new people. Saitaoha on the other hand has flourished with age and is getting along really well with my in laws.

The next day we went to Yee An where Saitaoha enjoyed a milo peng.

Sarawak laksa for R which he enjoyed a lot.

I had the usual kampua mee and it was pretty good. I knew this trip wouldn’t be a foodie one because R’s family aren’t good crazy like us, so luckily I have no cravings to fulfil this time.

Father in law cooks dinner for us every night. His over feeding zealousness seems to have tamed down, and I am thankful that someone else is cooking and cleaning for a change. Mother in law won’t let me touch the dishes! It feels like a real break.

They were so kind to celebrate my birthday for me too. This cheesecake was quite delicious and we’ve been eating it for the past few days.

How cute is my little Saitaomei? I really wanted them to have the CNY experience of playing with sparkles.

Saitaoha was a bit apprehensive but I think she still enjoyed herself.

They enjoyed dancing in the smoke more than playing with the sparklers πŸ˜….

Second day breakfast was this pork mince noodles soup which had an half an hour wait but was very tasty.

Saitaoha with her aunty and uncle. She took to them like fish to water and had a great time playing with them. She is missing her yee yees and cousins though and has been asking when they’re coming.

Shopping at Aeon mall was fun even though it took us ages to find parking. The whole world is out doing last minute CNY shopping.

We had an early reunion dinner at my grandmother’s place, but I didn’t even get to see her because she was sleeping. She seems to be sleeping a lot sigh.

The first two days have been a blast!

My parents

The start of my second week off work. In the old days, I would be stressing and panicking if I took a day off work, let alone two weeks! I remember lying on the bed comatose from a bad flu and cough, but still checking and answering my work emails. My laptop and work mobile lay next to me and kept pinging as email after email came through. I called in to work to try and settle a work issue, my colleagues could hardly hear me because my voice was hoarse from all the coughing.

Those are days of the past. I haven’t checked my work inbox for days and haven’t done anything work related for the past week. In fact the only thing I did on my surface pro was email my boss to let him know I’m not coming in to work and putting in my sick leave through our HR kiosk πŸ˜….

But I’m not apologetic and I don’t feel guilty. Because I know I have to take this leave, I won’t be able to function or contribute at work with the pain. I tried for half a day, I don’t know who was more in pain, my colleagues from watching me walk around the office to alleviate the pain, or me trying to focus during our meeting but really all I was thinking of was the pain. I was also the only person standing throughout the meeting while everyone sat. It was embarrassing to say the least.

Sadly, my condition doesn’t seem to be improving so I will get a second opinion today. I console myself that at least it means I have time to prep for Saitaomei’s party.

Yes my baby is turning one year old this weekend. I’m elated and sad at the same time. Happy that we made it through the newborn stage and she is happy and healthy, sad that I will no longer have my baby and she is already starting to be toddler-ish.

I would not have made it this year if not for my parents.

This photo says everything about how much my parents have helped this year. My ah pa, my dearest ah pa is best at feeding Saitaomei. Over here, he took over feeding from me, and Saitaomei stopped fussing and drank quietly.

Then he decided she wasn’t comfy enough and placed a pillow under her.

Baby had enough milk and started getting cheeky. But Gung Gung still patiently feeds her and showers her with gentle words, cuddles and kisses.

Whilst I’m writing this, poor Mah Mah is trying to rest in her room because she has a bad back. I think it’s from too much exertion and carrying the grandkids too much 😭.

I am so lucky, my kids are so lucky to have Gung Gung and Mah Mah.

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 πŸ˜“.

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.


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