Archive for October, 2009

Busy as bee

October 29, 2009

Carol’s grumbling about my lack of updating this space, been so terribly busy at work (just ended a 6-day training programme and starting another 7-day program come next Tuesday). Massive event management and coordination on me, and Boss had a talk with me this morning “Val, you must not be pai say to delegate!” And she proceeded to tell the rest of team “Team, (pointing to me) here’s a super busy department (errr there’s just me) and I want everyone to display your team work spirit.” Hah! By the time, I tell them what I need help with, I would have completed the task myself and no worries about having to correct anything.  Then again, I do need to learn to let go and delegate work. A colleague laughed at me yesterday and said that I must be the busiest part-timer ever hahahahah…sadly, she’s right.

Ok, give me another week and I’d be back to blogging more frequently. I promise.

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6th birthday celebration

October 24, 2009

All’s set and ready to roll, just pending caterer and ordering the cake and stuffing the goodie bag! All the invitation has gone out and we hope people will read and RSVP on time (heard horror stories recently about no RSVPs and/or RSVPs on the event day itself!!)

This year, we’ve decided to have a grander party to mark the end of her kindy years (and sort of farewell to her friends) and a celebration to the start of another phrase in Rae’s life. I guess for most parents and kids these days, what we’ve planned may not be considered grand but ordinary. But both Hubba and I believe in not over-giving to our child least gifts becomes a norm and not something precious or treasured. We didn’t grow up with lavish birthday parties(at most, a nice big bowl of hot mee sua smelling strong of chinese wine and top it off with a hard boiled egg), but look at us, we turned out fine. So, lavish parties are not a neccessaity, nor a given but a gift in itself. It isn’t a representation of how much we love our child or how important he/she is to the parent.   Okay, it sounds like I am defending ourselves.

So, its gonna be real fun, I hope. Instead of hiring a magician cum balloonist ( I was told they double up these days), Hubba wanted a retro party and went ahead to book a ventriloquist cum balloonist (hahahha how retro!). So that’s the ‘show’ part, and the kids are welcome to come take dip in the pool prior to the show to cool down and hopefully tired them out a bit so they are calmer for the rest of the party time. It’s going to be a 3 hour affair! Thank goodness for clubhouse, I think we’d both be so traumatized if we had to house 30 kids in our little apartment!!!!

I have one more training to prepare for and after that, I’d be able to concentrate on planning the goodie bags/make a decision on where to order cake and our impending holiday to HK, which I am really looking forward to.

Updates

October 12, 2009

Phew…don’t have to go Canada with MIL anymore…..I was getting sleepless nights just thinking about the 25hours’s journey (including transits) and managing Rae alone on board the plane, was seriously, super daunting!

So with that out-of-the-way, we started to plan our getaway. With the help of my two girlfriends, I managed to get very good hotel rates for our trip to Hong Kong in December and air tickets have been booked (by Hubba)!

As I’ve never really gone on a such a short family vacation (6 nights), I shared my concerned about not knowing how to maximise and pack the days so that Rae gets to see her things and visit theme parks, while Hubba and I can still get some shopping done. Being the trustee shopper-holic that she is, Carol started to send me link (which included address and maps) of restaurants/places of interest that we should see and within a day, we managed to consolidate 3 pages full of such information. Now all we have to do is to sit down and decide where to go when!

Very exciting just looking at the list and it would be so nice to spend Christmas in a cold country (winter in HK in Dec). I am already looking forward to having our Christmas dinner at the Victoria Peak , taking nice, long strolls at the Ocean Park, taking rides at Disney, visiting Noah’s Ark….and of course, Shopping!!!!

Can’t wait!

Her first scrapbook album

October 11, 2009
We went shopping for a birthday present last Thursday and Carol came along (for shopping and lunch). At Laines, while Carol and I shopped for our supplies, Rae spotted a Happy birthday album kit and decided to get that for her good friend, Angelina. I was bit hesitant (and so was Carol) as it would be quite a big project for a 5 year old, but she proved us wrong!
While Hubba went out to visit BIL’s photography exhibition, Rae and I worked on the album. Most of the work were done by Rae and I merely sat and helped a bit. So proud of her, maybe she can come join us (Carol and Angeline) for our crop this Friday ahhahahaha….
 
I think this will make such a special gift especially since the girls are quite good friends and they will be going to different schools next year. The good thing is that Angelina stays just across our place and we do meet up quite often, so with some efforts, I think the girls can continue to have playdates.
 
The Cover
The Cover
Back cover and page 1

Back cover and page 1

Better view of page 1

Better view of page 1

Page 2 ~ outing with mummies to "The boy who cried wolf' followed by ice cream treat!

Page 2 ~ outing with mummies to "The boy who cried wolf' followed by ice cream treat!

Page 3 ~ school excursion to Bird park

Page 3 ~ school excursion to Bird park

Page 4 ~ Christmas performance last year in school

Page 4 ~ Christmas performance last year in school

Page 5 ~ Bird park

Page 5 ~ Bird park

Page 6 ~ errr still the bird park

Page 6 ~ errr still the bird park

Last page!

Last page!

Children’s day

October 5, 2009

Brought Rae for her violin class followed by lunch with sis at Marina Square, who got Rae a surprise for CDay ~ duck balloon!

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She’s already had one but was still so thrilled that she hugged the balloon and even did a nose-to-nose with it. After we bid goodbye to sis (wishing her a nice holiday to Perth), Rae and I made our way to the Esplanade for a play (The Nicest egg in the world), although Bumpy (the duck balloon, it got its name because it was bouncing all over the place) doesn’t float as with all normal balloons, we still had to leave it at the entrance before entering the theatre. The play was good and meaning, but I wish they had given us proper chairs, then again, I think that would not have been as interactive (due to nature of the play). As we were waiting to get out of the theatre, Rae started to get very anxious about getting her Bumpy back.

As it was CDay, I decided to give Rae a little treat ~ either cake at a cafe or Yummi yogurt. As yogurt is now being re-introduce (due to her milk allergy), we’ve been having that about once every three weeks; I was a little surprise that she chose yogurt (she hasn’t had cakes since a long time ago). Anyhow, it was a wise choice if you ask me. We both enjoyed it lots and ended the day by jumping into the pool before dinner, and froze ourselves lip-purple!

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Till next CDay!