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.)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Ashrie The Brave

We had a very stressful start of the week but we are now very thankful to God, grateful, and relieved that it's finally over.

The doctors have long advised that her tonsils be removed because it was really in bad shape, blocking her throat and affecting her sleep and day to day activities. Finally, after much deliberation, Jane finally convinced me to approve Ashrie's operation and have her scheduled for surgery.

I was the one who accompanied her last Monday (taking leave from work for three days) while Jane stayed at home with Lia. Ashrie woke up for a light breakfast of a slice of white bread and a small glass of Milo. She needs to fast before her surgery and can only drink water until before 9am.

We arrived at KK Women's and Children's Hospital proceeded immediately to the Admission Office, registered, waited for the porter and then sent to her room. This would be her room for two days and mine as well, as the caregiver.

She was happy the whole time, enjoyed her hospital bed and her personal TV. She still had a few hours to rest before her operation in the afternoon.

And then, the time has come for her to go down the operating theater. It was a little after 1pm. She was in high spirit. I don't know what she was thinking but I felt she was rather excited and that was very good for her, for the hospital staff and for me.

The short distance traveling from the 8th-floor ward to the 2nd floor Operating Rooms seemed to be a very long walk mainly because I don't know how to feel. It's difficult to be in a situation where you are helpless, where all you can do is to entrust your daughter's life  to "strangers" and hope that everything will be better.

She dressed up for the surgery and then we proceeded to the waiting room. The waiting room was filled with armchairs, a TV, walls were adorned with framed puzzles and there was even a computer to play games. It was also the pit stop for last minute checks and queries.

I am grateful that she was in high spirit up to this point. As her companion. I made sure to not show any hint of doubt or uneasiness but remained (not calm but) super hyper as well. I made a lot of jokes and always kid around. I know if I will be calm I might show a worried face, and I don't want to do that.

The operating area was bright but filled with a staff of probably a minimum of five. All were busy and all worked fast. It was a controlled chaos, an organized mess.

As she lay down on the table, I know I will be kicked out soon but made sure she knew I'm there until she yawns and fell to her medically-induced sleep. The last thing she felt was the prick on the back of her hand, an injection. 

True enough, I was led outside the room immediately. Her tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy lasted for more than an hour. The doctor personally called me right after but I still need to wait at the waiting room as they monitor her condition in the recovery room.

When I saw her, She was still very drowsy, We had a small chat and I know she has a bit of discomfort. After that, she fell back to sleep until she was transferred back to her room.

It was a long, snoreless sleep. I think she was more tired than hungry. When she woke up, she asked for the promised "post-surgery" ice cream. She had fish porridge right after and a small glass of apple juice.

She was discharged from the hospital the next day. 

Right now, we are just thankful that she has gone through this successfully. She still can't go back to school but after her recovery, we believe that she will be healthier, and stronger. 

Well done, Ashrie! 

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