Wednesday, March 30, 2011

How to Make a Crab from Plasticware

Ashrie painted the plastics simply because she wants to paint it. Then, after all is done, my wife thought of a very creative idea instead of throwing it right away. Our daughter was delighted and so was I when I saw it upon reaching home.

I'm personally impressed at how Jane improvised this crab craft from plasticware. Especially when I found out that it was an original idea! So I would like to share this craft activity to you.

Here’s what you will need:
1 plastic plate
2 plastic spoons
2 plastic cups
craft paints
paint brush
scotch or masking tape

(Note: You can also use a paper plate and cups for better paint absorbency)

And let Ashrie show you the procedure:

Ashrie started by painting the cups.
For easy painting,
put your hand inside the cup.
Paint the spoons.
(These will be the crab's protruding eyes.)
Paint the plastic plate as well.
After painting the plasticware, air-dry them.
From the back,
assemble all the pieces together using a tape.
Tada! You have your very own crab craft!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

23 Months!

Happy 23 Months Ashrie!
We love you sooo much!

We're all looking forward next month as Ashrie turns two!
Terrible Two? Nah, Terrific Toddler!

Thursday, March 24, 2011


I’ve done some conceptual sketches and I wish to share them with you. We’re just praying that it will be a Sunny Saturday on our event date.  While others say fingers crossed, well that’s hands clasped for me. Amen!

Clockwise from upper left:
Options for Column/Post Dressing, Hanging Feature,
Chocolate Topiaries, and Favors/Loot Bag

Monday, March 21, 2011

A Cinderella Story

Ashrie's Cinderella Shoe
I wrote a post entitled Ashrie and Her Shoes last year mentioning how the “oldies” adored her shoes during our Christmas visitations. Well the story continues, whether it is an acquaintance in church or a saleslady in a mall, these pair of shoes never fails to grasp the attention of most people we meet. More so, it is one of her shoes that are comfortable to wear, something she can wear and play at the same time.

Last week, we went to Plaza Singapura with one purpose in mind, go to Spotlight, (a craft store) to buy most of the things we need in preparation for her upcoming second birthday party.

While on the train ride to Dhoby Ghaut MRT, Ashrie fell asleep. Alighting, while I was carrying the sleeping beauty, Jane told me to take off Ashrie’s shoes because it might fall. “Just leave it”, I said (in Tagalog of course). Then we went our way through this enormous MRT interchange, I was on the lead while Jane and my brother followed. The mall is directly connected to the MRT via escalators and lifts, but we took the longer route instead- escalators! And up we went to our main destination.

Before finally reaching the exact floor of the craft store, I noticed that they my companions were left far behind. Was I fast or were they slow? Anyway, when they finally reached my location, Jane was shocked to discover that Ashrie was wearing only one shoe! So even before she utter a word of "me not taking the footwear off when she suggested I should", (Well, I could have reasoned, that they were behind me so they were responsible for watching my back) I handed Ashrie to her and traced back my steps. Down the series of escalators I went quickly, along the shiny, tiled mall passageways, even looking through rubbish bins along the way, (thinking the finder might throw it way there) to no avail. I came back disappointed at myself, sad and sorry.

Jane suggested we look one more time. We followed.

The first time, my brother and I went searching separately, but this time, with very little hope of finding the other pair, we went back together. We asked the cleaner as he collects the garbage from a can if he found any shoe, showing him one piece of the pair. He said he didn’t.

Wondering if the shoe fell off at the MRT, even though it will cost a single-journey ticket, my brother went in to search. He went back sad and empty handed. Accepting the shoe's fate and my wife’s future nag (she’s gonna kill me for writing this :-)) I shrugged and said, “It’s okay, let’s just go back…”

Then my brother thought of asking the Information Officer (this is the same guy we thought of asking earlier but didn’t bothered because we found no shoe on his desk). He approached him and when he saw the shoe, a smile gleamed on his face and he immediately led my brother to the ticket office. I knew something is going on because I can see them from a distance, and it was taking a long time.

And there it was, after a lot of prayers and wishful thinking. Behold the lost shoe!

What a relief! And what a feeling!

So to SMRT staff at Dhoby Ghaut Interchange, thank you so much. A guy from their office remarked in jest that he was trying to put on the shoe but it just couldn't fit! :-)

And to the finder, our sincerest gratitude for your time and selfless efforts. Blessing to you!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Saturday Lunch Special

 Look at what Jane has prepared for lunch today!

It's a delectable feast comprised of a fresh garden salad,
nicely-textured mashed potato and carrots, mouth-watering garlic butter prawns,
and a big bowl of clam shell macaroni carbonara.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Ashrie's Turning Two!

Our unica hija is turning two and we’re all out to give her a second birthday party. Our objective is to ensure that this gathering is different from her first birthday party and that the guests (especially the little ones) will have a blast. So, we have decided to bring it outdoors for a change. And better yet, make it a kids’ water play party!

This year’s event is entitled Ashrie’s 2nd Birthday Bash. The venue is at the Lower Seletar Reservoir Park’s Family Bay/Water Play Area. We got the park usage permit from NParks to organize our event as early as last week. A private Facebook event page was also created and the official invitation is already being sent to selected guests.

Our invite, of pink and green dictates the color theme of the party.

Right now, we are in the process of doing little whatnots while still looking for inspirations for the final design. The web is a very good resource but a good ol’ book (or lots of it) can be a wellspring of creative ideas to get us started. Here are some of our references borrowed from our very reliable community library:

The Party Planner by David Tutera
Simply Stunning Wedding Showers
by Karen Bussen and William Geddes
Presentations by Carolyne Roehm
Entertaining in Style by Mary Carol Garrity
I'm delighted to see our color theme
in one of the books pages!
Yes, Wedding books. Perfect references for a party!

What’s next? We’ll keep you posted…

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Yellow + Blue = Green!

Ashrie used yellow, blue and brown paints. Jane gave her three brushes, one for each color. She first painted yellow then she added blue. She was surprised to see that the color changed. In her wide-eyed amazement she exclaimed....Greeen!

Monday, March 7, 2011

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Quite an unusual title for a post in a cutesy family blog like mine, you might say, and I must agree it is. And so were the crazy misadventures of MyGirls yesterday.

We are actually preparing to attend the church service but we ended up visiting the Emergency Department of the newly constructed Khoo Teck Puat Hospital in Yishun.

Jane had a regrettable mishap with the master bedroom door and broke her left little toe. (I'm not speaking of toe nails here, but toe bone!) I know she was in excruciating pain but I never saw her eyes well up with tears, neither did she curse nor blame anyone. Knowing she can bear the pain, she still managed to take a bath, dressed up and converse while in the cab. The wheelchair in the hospital was of great assistance while we were in the premises. At least while sitting, the pressure on her injury is reduced to a minimum.

The doctor ordered an x-ray to be done on her left foot and after confirming that her toe bone is fractured, she underwent the painful medical procedure of straightening and bandaging the injury. They gave Jane several mats of extra-strength painkiller tablets and a medical certificate stating that she's unfit for work for seven days. (An MC which turned out to be in vain because she cannot take leave on her duty as a mom and homemaker, it could have been more useful if the MC is addressed to my office so that I can help in the house while she nurse her broken toe.) Anyway, after a while, we had our lunch in one of the hospital's fast food chains.

Minutes later, although still limping, I saw her walking on the hospital garden, guiding our daughter to smell the flowers.

When it's time to go home, Jane surprisingly said that we may take the bus. (I said in jest that we could rather walk since it's just a short distance to home.) Anyway, I insisted that we hire a cab back home.

Home sweet home... and a little siesta.

Shortly after our afternoon nap, while we were watching a replay of American Idol, Ashrie had a small accident with the center table drawer. Part of her "little plumpy" tummy got stucked in the drawer while re-enacting how she closed the same furniture with her tummy earlier. It took Mom a little time to appease her. I know it did hurt a lot because she cried a lot. (Like her Mom, Ashrie has a high- tolerance of pain and would not cry unless she's really in great pain.) A pink gingham plaster is now covering her wound. Oh dear!

What a day it had been. It's :-( sad faces galore! I pray that Jane will recover well and fast and Ashrie's little bruise as well. To my wife, you are indeed a strong and brave woman. You have impressed me yet again with how you handle trials that come your way. Please get well very soon! To Ashrie, and to Jane as well, ABC (Always Be Careful) sweetie!

By the way, she needs to pay a visit to the hospital's Orthopaedic Department next Monday.

Until next time, hopefully to share some good and happy news again.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Chicken McGrill 1-For-1 Coupon

Just print this coupon and present it at McDonald's for a 1-for-1 deal. Offer is valid until 07 March 2011 and in Singapore only. Terms and Conditions apply.

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