Thursday, March 16, 2017

Lia and The Tale of Mr. Rabbit

Lia loves her rabbits. Soft toy rabbits, that is.

Once she has Mr. Frog (IKEA Tosig) and he's been with her wherever she goes. We went for a stroll one time and she lost him, so when they went for a month-long vacation to the Philippines she had to settle with Mr. Rabbit's (IKEA Piphare) company. I looked for a replacement for Mr. Frog and brought it to the Philippines. But at the time, her fondness of Mr. Frog was now transferred over to Mr. Rabbit. When we're back in Singapore it was and always is Mr. Rabbit for her.

Almost all of her photos are with Mr. Rabbit. Even her Ate's Show and Tell in school was about Lia and Mr. Rabbit. It was her soother when she woke in the middle of the night. Just give it to her and most of the time, she will go back to sleep instantly after seeing him. He was her constant companion everywhere she goes.

Before last Christmas, we went to Ang Mo Kio to meet our friend. It was the family with Mr. Rabbit, of course.  Before me head home we stopped by AMK Hub FairPrice to buy some groceries and when we're done and about to head home, Mr. Rabbit is missing!

It was almost closing time but we still had the time to go back and trace our steps. We asked the Information Counter if somebody might have surrendered it, but none. We searched every section we've been to but to no avail. We went home that night, sadly and without Mr. Rabbit.

We searched high and low for a replacement and even contacted IKEA if they have a piece left as it was already a discontinued item). There wasn't any. The only Carouseller who sells a Piphare already sold it. There was a display in a restaurant in Sembawang Shopping Center that has it but they never gave us a call back when they say they will ask the owner if he wants to sell it. Our search was futile.

Meanwhile, Jane bought a pink Jelly Cat Rabbit in lieu, and I printed a Piphare for Lia. Jane is also planning to make a printed pillow of Mr. Rabbit in case we couldn't find a replacement.

Fortunately, there were sellers on eBay. We purchased one and got it more than a month later. Our generous seller even bought from another seller because the first one traveled around the world but never reached our mailbox because of address issues. But the second one reached us in a few days after everything has been rectified.

We're so happy Mr. Rabbit is back! Needless to say, He is still Lia's favorite until now.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Me&MyGirls at the Singapore Zoo

We stayed in Singapore this year for the 2017 Chinese New Year holidays. It was a four-day for me and a five-day break for Ashrie.

We spent the first day spring cleaning, the second at Singapore Zoo, the third in a friend's birthday dinner and the fourth at IKEA. We basically took mostly Uber, Taxis and Grab which ultimately reduced our traveling time and at the same time our stress in public commuting with the kids had we opted to take buses and trains.

Singapore Zoo was packed to the brim. It was the first day of CNY and a Saturday when we visited. We reached the gates around 11, Having our online tickets printed as we reached, we were inside the zoo right after Lia watched the Lion Dance and had this photo taken.

It was Lia's first visit to the SG Zoo and quite a number of visits for the rest of us. There were a lot of improvements in the zoo premises and actually, as soon as you enter the Mandai area, you can see the developments to look forward to as early as 2020. (I think Jurong Bird Park will be transferred in the area plus there will be a new attraction, the Rainforest Park, so all parks can be accessible to each other and possibly be visited by tourists in a day. Tiring to think about it but awesome idea.)

We did not managed to view all of the animals because we saved precious time for water play. We can always visit next time for Lia to see the other animal enclosures.

At this age, she quickly loses interest in the animals. She enjoyed the fragile forest though, where we are literally face to face with a lemur, the bats, and a sloth! And of course, she had a great time at the play area, on their carousel rides, the rabbits, and the water play.

We definitely have to visit again but hopefully on a day with less crowd. :)

Thursday, January 26, 2017

If Lia Will Fill-Up a Slum Book Right Now

You might not know what a Slum book (Slam book) is and still have to google it. But if you are my "genmates", you probably had or at least filled-up one.

Lia is now at the height of being a terrible two, and she's terrific in being one. She's really outspoken and very good in reasoning. She still tries to squeeze her way out our steel gate and sometimes still succeed. She's now potty-trained but we still use diapers when going out. She loves opening presents, packages, and even mails. She enjoys opening Kinder Surprise Eggs (which I believe is illegal in the US). She only likes the toy part so there are a lot of the chocolate half in our fridge. She enjoys "token" rides in the mall and of course toy store visits. 

Back with to slum book thing, here is what her entry would look like:
Name: Lia
Age: Two
Favorite Color: Pink ("I yav pink!")
Favorite Food: Noodles, Cheese, Bread, Dried Mango
Favorite Toy: "Mr. Raddit" (Rabbit)
Favorite Cartoon Character: Dibbo, Peppa, Octonauts, Shopkins
Hobbies: Messing the house, Watching Food Videos in Instagram, Watching Dibbo on iPad, More messing in the house
Ambition: To be a Doctor

With the dawn of social media, especially Facebook, slum books are now history. It's all part of our past, that time when we need to ask information about our friends, or even loved ones to know more about them, what they enjoy doing, what they value, and what their dreams are.

There is nostalgia in bringing up all these things as well as reading old blog entries and viewing old pictures. And that would never go out of style.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Tonsillectomy Update

Months after Ashrie's tonsillectomy, I reckon it was after two weeks that she went back to school. But only after her clearance from her doctor (the check-up one month after her operation) was she given a go signal to participate in her PE classes.

She's now in Primary 2. It's (a bit) easier to wake her up in the morning. She sleeps quietly and is doing very well both in health and in school. She is less sickly and when she has a cough, cold and fever, it is less of a struggle for her and recovery is much faster.

I'm so glad we've decided to let her undergo this surgery. 

Monday, December 12, 2016

Mom and Daughter Duet

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is one Christmas song that probably would be remembered in the family for years to come.

Yesterday, Jane and Ashrie sang this song as a duet to the delight of the audience who attended the Pinoy Connection Christmas Party at Evangel Family Church. It was the song the organizers requested them to sing but they were free to pick the version or their own "minus one". They chose an upbeat piano version and the song lasted only more than a couple of minutes.

After the event we had our family photo taken by friends who came to watch them sing. (On the left: Me&MyGirls at the church lobby. The pine tree smells so fresh. It's a joy to see a tall Christmas tree right there on that same spot year after year. And yes, Evangel is undergoing a revamp of their main lobby as you can see far beyond; On the right: Ate Ashrie smiling ever so daintily so as not to show her new two front teeth.)
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