Sunday, October 26, 2014

Bullying issue

Recently we brought Tomato to a weekend at the beach, we booked a chalet for a night. We asked along Oink's sister and her brood and my in laws.

It was quite pleasant, it was  not as crowded as I expected it to be.

The first day at the pool was fun. We met alot of familiar faces.

The second day, after brunch, we decided to spend our remaining time frolicking in the pool. Our nephew joined us. It was alright until a boy suddenly came charging at our nephew. He was taunting him, pushing him with his float. My nephew was helpless, he was not taught to be mean. So he did what he could, that is to paddle far far away from him. When the bullying boy, can't reach my nephew, he targeted tomato instead! Even though he was told off by adults whom I assume are his parents, he didn't show any sign of backing up. What Oink and I could do was shielding Tomato with our own body. I placed both my arms on Tomato's float and I shot the boy angry looks. Soon, my nephew came back, the bully lost interest and started to chase my poor nephew instead.

After that trip, I can't get the incident out of my mind. It made me worried. What if my tomato is bullied at school, and neither Oink or I is there to protect her?

When the time is right,I think we need to start educate Tomato on how to protect herself.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Mom can read me


Don't know if you've noticed. There are a few people in your life, that seems to be able to connect to you. Who can finish your sentence, who can sing the song playing in your mind. It almost seem like they can read you. YES? YES? YES?! There's is at least one right. And usually someone (or more) who is(are) very close to you.

I have 3. And I have a rank for them.

No. 3 : Dear fat bro

We only have each other to call a sibling. So you can say we are pretty close. We play together, and also fight quite often 'x'.

We are quite opposite him & I. But yet, sometimes he seem to be able to read my mind when he start singing the song I have been thinking about. He should be no. 2  but since he is now residing at Penang, he has dropped rank to no.3, cos we don't really spend much time together liao mah! My fat bro grown man dy, now has his own family :)

No. 2 is of course the man in my life, my dear husband, Oink. But we are more tuned in, in terms of food 'x' LOL. You know usually when ladies are ask what they want for lunch or dinner, usually they will say "dunno leh..." then when men suggest where to go, ladies will say "don't want laaaa..so fattening/ hot/ etc" AHAHAHHA...sounds familiar?  I am like that sometimes, 'x', but most of the time, I do feel strongly about going to a certain place, and Oink most of the time, gets it right. Not 10/10, but may be 7/10.

No. 1 !! My great mama!

This, while enjoying my maggie mee kari, *sob sob* Tomato pounced on me, and my bowl of maggie mee drop to my lap and it was hot! I was so angry I raised my voice, but worry not, I did not lay my hands on her. And to make matter worse, I went to the kitchen, and got my finger burnt while trying to move the wok ( I was steaming corn).


Proof! #Painlikehell #ouch 

I am not the type that stay in anger for long, but the pain fuelled me on. And my voice was not lowered until we got into the car 'x' So after dropping Tomato off at the nanny's, I wallow in self pity in the car, about what bad luck I have. I was surrounded by negativity. 

Then came lunch time, and I opened up my bento made by mama, and wah! Fried Chicken! You must be wondering what's so good about fried chicken? Its sinful, fattening and certainly not a healthy choice. My mom would agree with you, she always lecture us about fried food. That is why I am so surprised, I usually tried to avoid fried food, but I need this today, its my comfort food and it taste so good, I feel so loved! It totally lifted my mood significantly.


My Humble bento. Don't seem like a lot right? Thanks to mom, I don't gain weight much 'x' 
#loved #food #homecooked  #momthebest

Even after I married off and not living with her, she still seem to be able to read me. I remember sometime around 1-2 mths ago. I was craving for cockles. And what do you know, went home for dinner with fat juicy cockles waiting for me! How did she know? My God, its un-believable!

Really 世上只有妈妈好!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Melbourne : The Wedding

Hello blog. Its been a few weeks. I didn't notice I didn't blog for so long, few weeks seem to pass by in a few blinks. So I feel sorry I neglected you. *Ahem* 'x' But I promise, I will blog more often, for my own good since I plan to read you and relive the sweet & bitter memories when I am old. The more I blog = the more I get to read right? 

24 March 2014, The Wedding Day.

Woke up early to get ready. I let Tomato sleep in until the very last minute when we needed to get her ready. We didn't shower, it was wayyyy too cold.


Everyone was busy preparing food in the dining area. Me? my job is to take photos only (and to look after Tomato of course)


My love and I. Do we look pretty or what?


Food waiting to be eaten. Can you spot hot cross buns? They are only available on Easters.


Tea sets for the tea-serving ceremony. And Oink and I was served tea, and we get to give the newly-weds 'ang pao'.


Mother in law personally decorated the bridal car. She spent hours on it. It was nice, I really wanted to take photo from the front, but sorry, it was way too cold for me to bravely go out and take the photo 'x'

And afterwards, we were driven to the church which I can't remember the name for the church ceremony. I got no quality photos to share there as it was dark inside 'x' But the ceremony, was intimate and touching. Mother of the groom serenades and I was suddenly moved and felt so touched, I almost cried.

We then lunched at a Chinese Dim-Sum place. And we only get back home, around 3pm. O.O! Tomato fell asleep in the car before we even arrive.

The dinner reception was very interesting. It is somewhat different than what we have back home. I found Australians, are more open at sharing and humorous. There were speeches which are not at all boring, since they are such a funny couple. There's even a flash mob! And the mother of the groom actually was in it! Funny games, proposal video, the groom and pals even made a music video exactly like One Direction's MTV (can't remember the title, I am NOT their fan).Sorry, not much pictures, as I only brought my phone 'x' and I was busy getting entertained. *Ahem*


Here's a photo of the couple dancing. 


Here's one of the photos taken at the photobooth. Only get to play 2 times. Sigh.. LOL...it was popular with the guests.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Mama,where are we going?

I am flying to kl with sils,selina and jaqq today for some shopping and relaxing. I have been packing discreetly so that tomato won't find out. But this morning,she woke up earlier than I expected and saw me lugging my luggage and immediately in her bright little mind,she thought we are going somewhere together. I felt a pang of guilt. She pushed my bag,which is bigger than her, towards the door.She then hold my hand with her little hand and led me into the store where her stroller is. She then tried to pull it and ask me 这个?(how bout this?won't we be needing this,mommy?) Awwwww...i was working how should i break the news to her. Inside the car,she demanded for her shoes. It was then i decided to explain to her,the cold hard truth. Dont't know if she can understand me or not,but at least she didn't make a fuss when we left her at nanny's. Mommy will miss you heaps and bunch, Tomato ;-(p0

Monday, August 11, 2014

Simple Happy Things

I bet you have them. If you don't, you must be a grumpy, bitter person 'x'

I get happy at simple things. Like buying a great item at discounted price. Like eating a delicious meal. Like eating ice-cream. Like a call or a hi from a friend.

Like eating hot piping rice with crispy luncheon meat. But now that I have a kid, I get happy with her eating what I cooked, giving me nods of approval (literally), finishing the whole bowl of soup. I didn't get less happy even when my rice got cold when I ate it with luncheon meat (didn't give her luncheon meat, lied to her telling her its spicy.. LOL...I did cook other dishes FYI)

I get proud and happy when she can utter new word, or short phrases. I get happy when she is happy.

ah, Tomato, you gave mommy so much joy and happiness. :)

Friday, August 08, 2014

Grow Baby Grow ( 2+ years old)

Tomato is now about 2 year 2 mths old.

Height, about 90cm ( she moves alot), hard to get her measurement.

Weight, about 12.8 kg (together with clothes and diaper)

She drinks less milk now compared to when she's younger, mostly about 5-6 oz (when she was around 1 yrs old, she could drink 8oz) . And she loves milo now.

Compared to when she was younger, she eats less now, because she is more interested in playing (and the tablet, sighhhh) and she is more picky nowadays. But then, she still likes vegetables.

I prepare her breakfast and cook her lunch everyday to bring to nanny's.Usually its soup with rice. Sometimes porridge, and sometimes stir fried pasta. And my mum will stir-fry some vegetable for her, which will be in a separate container and covered when its cooled down. I can't put the vege inside my magic cooker, as it will turn yellow.


eg of Lunch : soup (can't remember what soup, from the look of it, I think its fish soup with tomatoes and onion 'x') + rice (cooked with millet) + stir fried vege


eg of Breakfast : Mashed sweet potato and potato

I sometimes also add mix quinoa into her rice. 

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Melbourne : Queen Victoria Market

After Hobart, then Sydney, we are back to Melbourne. And our free and easy days commences. LOL! Well, you see, we are here for a wedding, and everyone is busy preparing for the wedding. And uncle's house is quite far from the city center( I can't remember the address 'x', but I remember it being really near to the airport).

but lucky for us, another aunty is coming down to pick up his sis from the airport, so we tumpang her car down to QVM.



Its much like our Kuching's Sunday Market, but is much more organised, with sections selling different categories of goods. But less crowded as it was a weekday. We picked up most of our souvenirs here. I bought shirts for the kids and my parents for 5 AUD each, only to find another stall selling for 4 AUD each #facepalm :/.  I love how they have a section selling organic fresh produce. LOVE IT!


Got lost while trying to find the food court. After walking around a bit, we manage to find it! Finally!  I got tired of fried food, but apparently Oink don't 'x'. Manage to find a Malaysian food stall and got Tomato porridge, which I thought was too salty and I suspect there's msg :( Oh well..And I had mediterranean potato salad.

After lunch, we walked a bit around the fresh vege and fruit section and got some pumpkin, sweet potato, a big bundle of fresh grapes for only 3AUD! and also a small box of strawberries for 2AUD! CHEAP! And all the sellers was super polite.:)


SWEET SWEET strawberries, this is when Tomato starts loving to eat strawberries.

We wandered around until around 3pm when they start closing and decided to leave. But how?ROFL!

We then found out we need to take the tram till the last stop towards the airport, and in order to do that, we got to have MyKi card, you can't purchase single tickets : /. So we walked around trying to find a shop selling the card and manage to find one.  And its about an hour ride back to the last stop, in which Tomato slept through. When we reached, it was sooo windy and cold, and Tomato was still sleeping, we decided to go to Westfield Airport West for some shopping. When we are there, only I shopped, Oink instead babysat Tomato at one corner. HAHAHAHA. But I end up didn't get much. Now another problem, how to go back? No one is at home because they all went up to another uncle's house for the preparation. My wise husband luckily had copied down the address of the house before we left this morning.

We walked to the taxi stand, and waited. And waited. And waited. WTH. Where's the damn taxi?! There's a young mother with her tiny baby and a shopping trolley full of groceries also waiting. And she told us she has waited for 3 hours. My God! This cannot do. I told my husband lets go back to the tram station. I bet we'll have better luck there. And what do you know, we manage to catch a taxi in less than 5 mins. I gave myself a pat at the back for being wise 'x'!! Worth braving the cold wind for it. While inside the the taxi, i told him about the young mother and his tiny baby still waiting at the taxi stand and tried to make him go back to pick her, but he seem reluctant. I really hoped he did. Poor baby, its cold and they have been waiting for 3 hours.

For dinner, we cooked instant noodle, and it devoured it, it seem like ages since we last had instant noodle and it was oh so good. LOL. Of course tomato didn't eat the instant noodle, she had porridge and mashed up pumpkin. We then had the sweet strawberries.