no, this is not about good vs evil but a project that will teach the boys about the effects of light on plants.
on 3july, ah gong gave the boys 2 plastic cups (hereby known as pots) of moist cotton and green beans. they are to care for the beans with enough water and sunlight for the beans to sprout into plants. instructions to me: after the beans have sprouted, place 1 pot in dark and 1 in light. this is to show the boys plants need light to grow big and strong.
the beans started to sprout on day 2, showed dom the little "tail-like" root growing out of the beans. today is day 3 and 4 of the beans have grown into little seedlings.
can't wait to show dom when he comes home. he would be so amazed at the sight of the seedlings. this is more for dom, as part of "feeding" his curious mind.
as for bry, he has been trying to "murder" the beans right from the start by shaking the pot and draining out the water. *sigh* probably will do this project again when he is older. maybe then dom can conduct the project. i am a strong believer of peer teaching to re-enforce the concept.
Best Of Dom's Creations (6 jul 2010)
this is a showcase of, what i think, is the best of dom's creations. things that he has constructed out of simple "lego" pieces. so enjoy.
for full collection, pls look for the photo album "dom's creations".
this is the latest creation of a motorcycle. the blue piece is the seat.
another #1 hit! this is the car which was constructed from the same "lego" pieces as the "lift". the blue triangle piece in front is the engine, on top is the curved side mirrors. the driver will seat comfortably behind the curved mirrors.
Family's Portrait (6 jul 2010)
yes!!! it is finally ready!!! you can view them and others (by self) in "Da Jiu Family SG Trip" album.
the photo session was less than ideal as bry was really fussing and refused to listen to the photographer's instructions or our coaxings. still the shots turned out fine and we chose the following.
parents' portrait. they only had 1 taken for their wedding and it is time for a update!
this is for the canvas portrait. look the kids are even in matching colour, blue! no, i didn't pre-arrange with yih leong. hey, this is what i call family connection!
mdm po po could not resist this pic. to her, the kids are so lovely in the pic. i think the pic showed the kids being "protected" by the elders of the clan.
post sale review: i am not too impressed with the after sale service.
1st, the studio only informed me, nearly aft 3wks the photo was selected, that the choosen frame was out of stock and sales lady recommended me another frame which was in stock. shouldn't the studio has placed my frame order immediately and inform me immediately (1-1.5wks) if there is a stock problem?
2nd, about 3wks after frame was changed, she called me again to inform me the canvas portraits (family and parents) are ready for collections BUT the 4R copies are not. OMG, what is this!! never mind, she promised me that everything will be ready for collection during that wkend.
3rd, went to collect during that wkend and horror of horrors! the 4R copies are still not ready!!! only the copies for the extra photos are ready, along with the canvas portraits and CD softcopy. she then apologised, saying that they will be ready by evening or the next day, and promised to mail to me. FYI, i have yet to receive them and mails get delivered promptly by SingPost. if i dun see them by tomolo, i am gonna kick up a fuss.
overall, i am extremely disappointed in the after sale service with the endless delays and excuses. can't imagine if one has to have their bridal shots taken there. the studio only saving grace is that the photos turned out well and it's location (near Kovan MRT).
Emergency Number (11jul 2010)
The project has ended. Dom didn’t want to carry on and decided to allow both pots to hang at the window.
Bean pot in light: the plants have fatter stems and leaves were of dark green.
Bean pot in dark: the plants have thin stems and are much taller, leaves were light green to yellow.
Bean pot in dark: the plants have thin stems and are much taller, leaves were light green to yellow.
it seems that as many as 6 of his classmates have come down with fever and we are talking high fever of 38.5-39oC. when he was first down with fever, i tot he caught some throat infection cos dom had it about 1.5-2wk back. so told GP and was started on antibiotics. it didn't help and bry fever just stayed around the 37.8-39oC, that's when it hit us that it is probably viral.
but still enough was enough and i bundled bry and went to see a PD. PD conclusion was we are at the tail end of the viral infection and bry fever should be coming down within 24hrs. BUT should it continue to be high or climbs, then have to do blood test.
speaking of blood test, the thal registry has sent another reminder to have bry tested. both dom and papa are alpha thal minor, i think bry is also a carrier. but getting his thal status sorted out is not urgent, i would probably have it done before he enter pri school (earliest) or NS (latest). but i would have to bring bry to KKH to have it done.... not urgent.... there is nothing medically or food wise that he has to avoid due to the thal status. well let the thal registry send all the reminders they want.... it is their paper and resources.
sorry for the grumpy post, had a bad day and lack of sleep.
Underwater World (21 jul 2010)
dom recently asked how a live prawn moves in the water, i related this to his ah gong and a trip to the Underwater World was born! if he asked about the world cup, you may have seen me on TV cheering in south africa! oh well....
the trip was planned for 17 jul, decided by the weather cos it was rainning and bry was down with fever. so the grandparents were responsible for dom... parents (meaning us) had to be at home to monitor bry.
the boys now have a small sling bag, thanks to my employer, and i packed an extra set of clothing, wet tissues, hankie, camera and EZ-link card into dom's bag. he was wearing his brand new jacket, the 18mth carters was given to a fren and bry inherited dom's max cool jacket.
dom was so excited as they travelled on the MRT from sengkang to harbourfront before changing to the monorail to enter into sentosa. after which, they took a bus to get to the Underwater World and it was all very exciting for dom to travel on the different modes of transport. plus he felt really grown up with his own EZ-link card.
unable to provide much details about the trip but he saw sharks, stingrays, jellyfish and some tropical fish there.
went to the famous sungei buloh on 31jul 2010. free parking and if you get there early enough, you dun even have to pay!!! ok.... senior citzens and children at S$0.50 and adult S$1.
we were early and didn't have to pay cos the cashier wasn't there yet and the security guard just waved us thru.
there were many bird watchers, nature trail walkers and nature photographers. the weather was cool and we managed to see many wild creatures, big grasshopper, some brown sparrow-like bird, monitor lizards, mudskippers, squirrels, flying fish(maybe cos it leapt out of the water), archer fish and needle fish.
didn't mange to get a clear shot of the archer and needle fish but explained to dom how the archer fish hunts its prey. we saw lots of monitor lizards and they were big, probably as tall as dom(head to tail), basking in the sun. this is probably the only chance of the boys (and us adults) to be so close to a monitor lizard.
a very interesting place to visit but bring your insect repellents!! the photos are in "Special Outings Album 1".
Dom's Airport (3 aug 2010)
as usual, dom will choose his birthday cake design and it seems that he is leaning towards "transformers". the bad thing is he wants to know the characters on the cake and wants a big cake (2kg). he already told me repeatedly that he doesn't want to celebrate in school this yr, great saving for me!
so i am looking at either celebrating on the 10 sept or 12 sept.
as for bry, i am getting a "doraemon" cake. he probably wouldn't have any ideas abt celebrating in school so i will not be doing for him. the sweet thing abt bry is that he is really loving and generous, not to mention rather blur.
Catch Me If You Can (20aug 2010)
Dom's 5th Birthday (15 sept 2010)
yup, the Dom is 5 this year and we did a mini-family celebration dinner for him on the 10th sept 2010. i did all the cooking (*clap clap*) and it was hard work.
dom has told Ah Gong what he wanted, buses - double decked, single decked and coach. so the poor grandparents ended up going all over to find the buses and finally found them at Toys R Us. he gotten his Bob Builder cake, some game cards and an analog watch from us.
unfortunately, Xiao Jiu was called to HK for a special project and was unable to attend. seems like he is going to miss bry birthday dinner too! charlene came with a remote control car! the boys had fun with it the next day.
dinner included pork ribs, stir-fry prawns with boiled brocoli in egg sauce, boiled chicken thighs and ABC soup. ok, i cheated, the chicken was boiled in the soup to save time. this is the 2nd time i am cooking the pork ribs, did a trial run and turned out well. this time i had 14 ribs which were marniated with honey, salt and pepper for 6hrs. pan fried and steamed for 1hr, to soften the meat. the verdict: it was well received with some comments that it should be more salty, steam longer to soften the meat further. the prawns were shelled and de-veined before being stir-fry. as for the egg sauce, fry diced onions with water, light soya sauce. bring to boil and add beaten egg and flour water to thicken it.
i am very happy that everyone enjoyed the dinner and dom had a nice birthday dinner. he was beaming with all the presents and cake, all his favourite persons were there. charlene had to eat her dinner with him (as requested by dom) at the ikea kids table.
dom was really king that evening!
Bry & Lennys (15 Sept 2010)
Bry's Unhappy Birthday (11 oct 2010)
this is bry's unhappy birthday cos he fell down in the toilet on 1st oct and hurt his tooth. so he was on soft diet for the next few days.
the very unfortunate thing happened on sat(2nd oct), i had a bad case of stomach flu and it was passed on to the boys. i vomitted on sat nite, dom on sat midnite and bry on sun morn.
very very sad and unhappy birthday for bry.
When The End Is Near (11oct 2010)
went to see her with mum and younger bro, it is sad to see the woman who took care of me lying frail on the hospital. there are things that i felt very strongly about just faded away. didn't expect her to end up like this cos she was a picture of health just on sunday when dad visited her, eating a hearty lunch prepared by mum. and yet, she suffered a stroke that very night.
this is very very unexpected and i wondered how my dad is taking this. true that grandma became rather fussy and handful, but at the end of the day this is the woman who gave birth to him and took care of him and us.
i really hope that my grandma is not suffering in any way now and i hope that she will not suffer when her time comes.
Fire Boys (10 nov 2010)
Boys Portraits (25 nov 2010)
just to share the boys portraits.
this is taken for 2010. lots of frens commented how "twins" the boys are.
something different from the norm.
This Is just Perfect (27 nov 2010)
From Bry's Teacher (13 dec 2010)
hey, great for teaching kids to sit still.
Flying Pig? (22 dec 2010)
as you all know that bry was born in the yr of the pig, and we have been teasing him abt "pigs flying".
whenever we ask him if he/pig can fly, he will answer "YES cos i have wings".
yup Pigs really can FLY.
Bye 2010 (31 dec 2010)
good or bad, happy or sad, the yr is almost over. all i can hope for is that we all (esp myself) can draw some useful lessons from them.
my hope for 2011, good health for kids (especially) and everyone. wisdom and patience for kids and everyone (esp me). learn to take things easy and keep cool always.
most impt, God's protection over all every day and every way in the coming yr.