As mom to newborn babies, I foolishly thought that this was as hard as it gets. The sleepless nights, the mastitis, the pumping around the clock… Get past the newborn stage and you’re good, they said.
They obviously don’t have five year old boys.
You are four and a half years now, and you are in kindergarten! Since you started your new kindergarten this year, I’ve been very proud of your progress and learning. Your writing has improved so much and you’re starting to learn how to read CVC words! You’re also maturing emotionally – it’s as if my manja, whiny baby disappeared overnight and in his place there’s this skinny little boy with a big smile, who understands logic and utters all these random ‘grown up’ phrases.
There’s one thing though. Your new school is much bigger and his class is larger (twice the size actually) than in your old preschool so you’re exposed to a bigger variety of people. And you’ve picked up some words to use when you’re upset, which makes me upset. :X
You have always been a sensitive and emotional child. The good thing is that you’re very attuned to other people’s feelings. The bad thing is that you know just how to press our buttons lolol.
The other day, you were angry at Gaston (our nanny) for something or other. You came up to me and said, “I hate Gaston. I want her to die. I want to kill her.”
You’ve also started saying the same things to me and Daddy. You want to kill us, want us to die, want to throw us in the dustbin wtf. I’ve been dealing with it by being very calm and telling you we don’t talk like this in this family. That if you insists on speaking like that, you’re welcome to leave the house. I’ll even pack you bag for him to leave wtf.
You get damn scared la every time lol. You’d burst into tears and say you didn’t want to leave.
But then the next time you got upset, you would do it all over again.
But one day, something you did managed to get into me.
We were in Penang for Mama’s birthday. Both you and Penny were napping on our bed in the room, so I left the room and sat outside with my laptop to do some work. At some point, you woke up and got a fright because you were alone in the room (albeit with your baby sister).
You burst through the door, crying and shouting. I scooped you up and cuddled you but you refused to be comforted.
In your tears you yelled, “I am so angry at you! I want to throw you away! You go out of the house! I pack your bags for you!” (lolol copy what I said to you before.)
I understood why you were upset. You must have been very scared to find yourself alone when you woke up and you were venting your feelings on me. I continued to hug you and said, “I’m sorry for leaving the room. I didn’t know you would be scared. Next time I will stay inside when you’re sleeping.”
That didn’t pacify you. “Don’t do that again! Why you do that! I want to throw you in the dustbin! No I take you to the police station and they will put you in jail!” You got up and started pulling on my arm, as if really trying to drag me to the police station.
I lost my patience a little. “Enough, Fighter. I already said I’m sorry and I am. You’re going overboard.” I raised my finger and looked at you sternly.
You burst into tears as you are wont to do when I get angry. I took you on my lap and stroked your head and kissed you. “It’s okay, darling. I know you’re angry and it’s okay. I’m glad you used your words to tell me you were mad but you cannot throw people into the dustbin or say you hate them.”
You hugged me back and sobbed but gradually calmed down. When you had finally stopped hiccuping, you sighed and said,
“Mommy. You know now I love you less.”
My darling, you’ve said so many things to me. You said you hated me, you didn’t like me, you wanted to throw me away and put me in jail. You’ve even said once that you wanted to slam me into the door. I was taken aback because I knew you picked it up in school, since I monitor every cartoon you watch at home and you don’t watch anything remotely violent. You’re even scared of cartoons (or Youtube ads) set in darkness wtf.
But nothing struck me in the heart like when you said you loved me less.
I’d never given a sh*t about what my kids say to me before because kids talk nonsense. But that day, I don’t know if I was tired or I was sick or I was PMS-ing, but wetness pooled in my eyes and fell.
I hugged you tighter and said, “When you say that, you made me very sad. You have to be careful with your words because your words can make people happy or sad or angry. Do you want to make people happy or sad?”
Penny on the other hand, crawled up to me and tried to cuddle me. “I love you Mommy. Are you happy?” Super batu api your sister lolol.
I don’t really remember how we resolved it but I don’t think you apologized. Instead you showed later that you were over it by hugging me and calling me to play with you.
That day, we both learned something about each other. I learned that the day you were born, my heart strings will forever be tied to yours. You learned that you have the power to hurt me (and Daddy). And I learned that I will have to just be consistent and keep loving you and teaching you to be a person who will wield the power you hold wisely.
Ok where do I start wtf. I just went back and looked at my last few posts and they’re all super parenting and baby focused. O_O
I also got do other things with my life la hahaha. Which is Colony la wtf.
We launched our first location in July, and we’ve actually been doing way better than we’d projected! Um for details please ask Fatty cos I’m so bad at math I can’t even split a dinner with tax correctly FML. Anyway it’s led to us scouting around for new locations as early as a few months after we first launched even. We’re also very lucky la cos a lot of property owners and developers approached us to open in their buildings too so we got to slowly look through and decide.
Second location has been decided though! It is…. *drumroll*
KL Eco City!
Eco City is in a prime location – opposite Midvalley and along Jalan Bangsar, and our building is just across the road from the Eco City KTM station! We’ve secured five floors to make sure we have enough space for our signature facilities plus office space for members of course.
Sneak peek of the space. Yea nothing has been done yet hahahaha. But I love this cos of the big windows and lots of natural light, and the high ceilings. <333
So this Colony was a whole new challenge. I’m still super noob la in building spaces and I realized again that I know nothing Jon Snow wtf.
For example, our first Colony was originally a serviced office, which we took over. A lot of things were already set up – in fact, the office suites were already all created, and what we did was modify those existing spaces and beautify them.
Eco City is a completely bare canvas. So I had to start from scratch. A lot of things that we didn’t do for the first space we had to start doing now. Like apply for permits from DBKL and the Fire Department to start work (which we didn’t do for the first space cos that was all done by the landlord before). I had to work with engineers to submit floor plans and technical drawings and I swear I had a brain bleed cos everything was so damn technical!
You know ah people always say I clever wtf and I am … only when it comes to studying wtf *nerd. But my brain is super not wired for things like math, and technical and mechanical shit so I think I had to ask the engineers and our architect like a billion questions. And I still think I don’t understand fully LOLOL but luckily our architect and designer is just super competent la so she led a lot of the technical portion.
I was damn scared our permits would take forever cos you know la government bodies in Malaysia. *looks sideways shiftily* but we got approved a few weeks ago!!! *bursts champagne bottle
We’re in the process of a contractors’ tender now and when that’s done, work will commence for real!
In the meantime, I’ve been working on the design of the space with our designer.
I had a couple of themes in mind already from the start but I kept going back to one particular one. Which you will think is very cliched la when I tell you hahahaha.
Cos the theme is…. Colonial. Hahahahaha.
From the start, we’d decided that every Colony would have a different theme to it. But all must have a commonality which is that each location must also uphold our basic principle of comfort and luxury. I also wanted some continuity to all our locations so that while different, you can look at each so you will see some similar elements from the first Colony and Eco City!
So I chose the colonial theme because …. shit I can’t even remember now how I really thought of this concept wtf. I was probably thinking along the lines of since Colony@KLCC was a blend of contemporary and traditional, which turned out damn beautiful if I may say so myself wtf, I wanted that same balance of old and new for Eco City.
And a Colonial theme would achieve my objective, I felt. Plus it’s Colony la I have to do a Colonial theme hahahaha.
So I worked with our designers Katrine and Jason to try to turn our vision into a workable space. The first draft they came back with I can’t find a picture but it was too…. colonial. O_O It was nice and all but it looked like a copy of E&O in Penang or the Majestic. :X Very nice but also very beige and brown hahaha.
It needed more character. And it needed a twist of newness.
I loved the finishings…. so I asked if we could play around with more contemporary and fun colors to switch it up a little. I specifically asked for pink. Lolol.
The second draft also I cannot wtf.
But the third…..
This is our reception area. We experimented with different pinks but cannot la only this pink is acceptable!
The pink is the doors to the phone booths.
Here’s the opposite side of the reception and lobby.
So when I was researching colonial, I found there’s mainly two kinds – American colonial and British colonial. American throws back to when America first was colonized, I guess and to my noob eyes, looked rustic, primitive and old. Sorry American colonial lovers wtf.
I’d always been thinking of British colonial though. Like our Modern Gentleman’s Club theme for Vipod which is a balance of traditional and new, I liked that British colonial is a juxtaposition of European and Asian elements.
Like the vintage trunks used as coffee table, which represents the time period as well as traveling to a new place. Metallic finish so it looks up to date. Dunno if we can find a metallic one though hahaha.
Reed rugs to bring in a more natural element, since the British seemed to really enjoy our local plants and incorporated a lot of those.
I’m planning to bring in really big leafed plants for a tropical feel.
And I asked designer for more botanical prints and animal prints too!
The black and white checkered tile floor is a throwback to our first location. 🙂
This is the coworking area. Meeting rooms are behind the black grills on the left.
Another view of reception.
We used the wooden shutters below the reception desk quite a lot in the design cos it’s reminiscent of prewar buildings in British bases like Penang, Malacca and Singapore! But to update it, we’re painting them black.
But this is not the final draft hahaha. I’m actually gonna remove some of the black shutters to make space for something else I want to add. 😀
Meeting room! Dark blue shutters to gel with first Colony. But this room totally not finalized la, might look totally different from now wtf.
A mock up for an office suite cos I told them I want more Safari/African elements lolol. But office suites probably not gonna look like this either cos it may not be up to client’s preference so the animal pictures we’re gonna keep for common areas.
Another mockup of an office. Also gonna shift the mural to common space wtf.
What would Colony be without the kids’ play area? ^^ This one also not finalized but I want yellow in the room for sure.
And our cafe area!
The other sections are blush pink and black, the cafe is mint green. 😀 Probably gonna remove the ceiling fan la cos white elephant when we already have air conditioning wtf. Also going to change the square tables and the chairs cos I find them too heavy and install booth seating.
The cushions are not going to be porcelain print although I am planning to add more East Asian elements in too!
Ok thanks for reading wtf. And here’s where I need to ask for you guys’ input. We have furniture suppliers contacting us already but if you know any of the below, please let me know:
- good office chair supplier (ergonomic chairs please)
- plant solutions – artificial or real plants also can. I actually much prefer real plants but I don’t know what Imma do about maintenance so just hit me up with whatever!
- decor & accessories supplier – you know, knick knacks, rugs, fabrics whatever, that look like they’re from that time period. European, Asian, Indian, African welcome. hehehe.
Thanks for reading!!
So here we are. It’s mid March and it’s nearly the end of the first term of school. *puts face in hands and weeps
Time, why you pass so fast! Fine lines, why you come! Baby, why you grow up so fast!
This baby thinks she’s doing a peace sign but the truth is she can’t maneuver her fingers well enough yet so all her peace signs are three fingers HAHAHA.
Which is apt because she’s turning three this week!
It’s also the end of the first term of nursery for her and kindergarten for Fighter and last week, I had the first parent teacher chat with her teachers.
I always update on Fighter’s progress — aih what to do first child syndrome wtf — so here! I am determined to document Penny’s development as much as possible too.
I love parent teacher chats cos not only do I get to know how the kids are doing at school. I get to know how they’re behaving at school. Which usually is totally different from at home! Sneaky people wtf.
Ah this I know already la wtf. She manipulates small objects so well at home and wields a spoon and fork with ease until sometimes I’m surprised if she can’t do something herself.
Hahahaha this one is her problem area wtf. When she first started school apparently she was super unfriendly to all her classmates lol. She basically ignored everyone except the teachers and had problems sharing; when her friends wanted a toy she liked, she’d stare them down or cry hahahaha.
I told her teachers yea she has that problem at home too wtf. Just as I typed this, I remember looking up this afternoon and seeing Fighter and Penny, standing side by side behind a doll stroller, both grasping the stroller handle. Fighter had a look of anguish and he was trying to bump Penny to the side so he could push the stroller too LOL.
And Penny? Penny was gripping the handle with her jaw set, staring straight ahead LOLOL. She had her feet planted wide and firm for extra stability and she wasn’t budging hahahahaha.
Well at least she’s learning at school to take turns and share now. -_-
This one also no problem. She totally understands instructions. E.g., at home I make her throw rubbish for me, fetch things for me, and even wash her hands at the sink herself (while standing on a stool she’s positioned herself), put soap and rinse, then climb down and wipe her hands on her own piggy hand towel.
So she understands instructions. Only whether she wanna follow it or not wtf.
They were learning the letter P (coincidence her name!) (although now she identifies ‘b’, ‘d’ and ‘q’ as ‘P’ too hahaha) and made this penguin. Hers is nearly perfect leh! Teachers said she refused any help, instead studying the sample penguin then slowly and methodically pasting the body parts in the right positions.
I’m not worried about her gross motor skills at all – she can paddle around (with floats) since last year, rushes around on a scooter and I’m pretty sure she’ll learn to ride a bike before Koko wtf.
Toddler skills aside, I asked the teachers how she was doing. This is what they told me.
Apparently Penny is the most independent and mature child in class. Partly due to being a second child, partly cos of her own character also la. She’s apparently very neat and meticulous, putting all her things away carefully. They’re supposed to put their water bottles into a special big container and she always makes sure her bottle strap is stuffed neatly into the box too wtf. She usually refuses help from teachers, trying to do everything herself until she really cannot. Then she’ll give up and go to the teachers.
She’s also super bossy, and tells her friends if they’ve left anything behind or didn’t keep their stuff omg lolol asking to be beaten up wtf.
As I wrote earlier, Penny is also very meticulous with her work. Teachers said she’ll really study the samples given and emulates them accurately. I love this cos I’m the kind that will anyhow complete a task as long as it’s done wtf. I love that she puts effort and thought into her work. T3T
She’s very independent cos she’s aware of the class routine, and automatically prepares herself for each activity without the teacher prompting. Most of the kids her age don’t know yet what the routine is even but she already preps herself! For eg, she loves playground time lol so when she knows the teachers are gonna announce playground, she’ll quickly seat herself on the mat first so the teachers can start applying mosquito repellant on her and put on her shoes hahaha. And she’ll tell all her friends to do like her so she can faster go play LOL.
And this is the funniest part – she’s campaigning to be class monitor…. or teacher’s pet WTF. Apparently she volunteers for anything teacher asks for – usually fetching supplies and stuff. And she’ll plan ahead for it some more hahaha. Cos she knows that teachers will pick a volunteer who’s well behaved at the point. So right before they call for volunteer, she’ll faster sit down and act all proper and good so that the teachers HAVE to pick her WTF. Hahahahahhaha damn stupid omg seriously next time kena whack that kind hahahaha.
They call her Class Monitor jokingly now hahaha.
So that’s Penny Lane for you wtf. She’s settling very well in school la. She gotta work on her PR a bit more maybe, cos unlike Koko, she doesn’t give a shit what you think as long as she can do what she likes ahahaha. But she’s apparently made a best friend too. There is a pair of twins in her class and she’s suddenly BFF with one of them. They sit together all the time and chatter away about god knows what the teachers also can’t tell cos their pronunciation not very good lololol.
She’s only mentioned this friend to me once before though; most of the time she talks about the other girls in her class so I don’t know what’s that about wtf.
The end wtf.
Okay so I’ve decided to do a monthly recap of my daily going ons! (so I can fit in more posts under AudEveryday wtf).
For February, it was Chinese New Year …and my birthday! So this post is gonna have a lot of ang ang and cakes wtf.
But first there are the usual school runs to do. There’s a Mochi wearing a rabbit hat she made in school. True to form, she chose pink manila cardboard and elected to make bunny ears cos she loves pink and rabbits. (Guess what she’s getting for her birthday! Clue: Not a pet rabbit wtf).
Just a normal day of picking up these two. Right now Sieu Ee and I pick the two boys up together before going off to Penny and Lollipop’s school to pick them. The two boys are always damn happy to go home together! Every time our car pulls up, I can see them jumping up and down already and practically yanking their poor teacher’s arms off LOL.
Hehe my happy boy.
The teachers put the kids artwork up sometimes and I was suitably impressed at Penny’s cherry blossom tree. Damn neat la can! They dipped their fingers into red paint and stamped blossoms on the trees but Penny’s is damn precise can. The spots look like done by some old Chinese master hahahaha and they’re all in the right places. She’s neater than me wtf.
In other news, Penny can be a babysitter liao wtf. She loves her baby cousin and is forever going over to the other side to look for him and play with him.
No I am not having another child wtf.
The auntie life wtf. Went to pick up groceries, and bedsheets I ordered from Isetan last year now only come FML. I collaborated with this brand Elise a while back and I love their bedding and towels so much I went back to buy.
See what I face every day. Go toilet also got stalker come in wtf. At least she doesn’t complain smelly WTF unlike her brother. -_-
Chinese New Year means a lot of dinners and lou sang! Here’s one with the mommies from school. We’ve known each other since our kids were three. They very good at keeping in touch and arranging meet ups la <3 I just tag along like a sloth wtf.
Lou sang with another group of school moms plus kids. This is the aftermath wtf.
Surprise birthday + lou sang! With Aud Lim, Sieu Ee, Juvyn, Kai Siew and Chileng. They bluffed me it was a surprise birthday party for Juvyn and told Juvyn it was a surprise for me cos our birthdays are six days apart hahaha. Thank you girls <3
My favorite aunties also threw me a surprise birthday + CNY dinner! This one also I was completely fooled cos like a week before only we discussed meeting up before CNY and everyone sounded completely casual! Like simply decide on venue and date and it was pretty last minute also!
Styled by the fabulous Hui Wen and Soiree Lab as usual! Hahaha FML birthday theme is Chinese New Year wtf. And we’re all decked out in Azorias qipaos!
Birthday celebration with Suet and Jammie! This was actually after CNY cos before that we just didn’t have time to meet and we all had marital obligations.
With these two who I’ve known since we were kids. (18-19 counts as kids right wtf) We knew nothing then but we thought we knew everything wtf. And now we’re all married and exchanging angpaus and realizing we don’t know everything hahaha. How much we’ve grown. 🙂
On my actual birthday, Fatty asked me what I wanted to do. I felt a bit lazy so I told her just dinner between us will do since all my other friends already celebrated separately for me hahaha.
We were supposed to go to a fancy Japanese restaurant, Oribe for dinner, which is actually located below Colony.
Before we stepped into Oribe, Fatty told me he had to go up to office to pick up some documents first. So I was like why now! Why not go eat first documents can get later. But he just strode off WTF.
So ok lo I also follow. In front of the office lift I stopped to take an ootd pic hahaha. Fatty loitered around so I told him he was in my photo wtf and why doesn’t he quickly go get his documents. So he was like orh and walked off.
After I was done, I stepped into the Colony cafe area….
My loves. (some others couldn’t make it!)
I actually saw these balloons already when I was taking my ootd hahaha. But I thought oh someone left their baby shower balloons in the office ah WTF. Really didn’t expect it to be a surprise party!!!
With all my favorite food!!!! My taste is normally damn simple one hahahaha. So I had dai chow dishes, crab noodles, fish head curry, and braised duck rice hahaha. Although I was a bit sad no sashimi for me that night hahahaha but these totally made up for it.
With my big ass A.
Not enough photos but thank you everyone for coming together and chipping in. T____T Fatty was master planner of course and Sieu Ee got the cake. My parents picked up the fish head curry (and cooked white rice LOL), Hui Wen brought the balloons, and our driver rushed around getting all the other food hahaaha. Drinks was from our cafe, Bold Grains. <3
This was my cake! Since the theme of the night was Aud’s favorite foods, they had to give me a McDonald’s cake la hahahaha. I eat McDs a lot less now since I don’t want the critters eating it too much so this jelly cake is an awesome idea.
The nuggets damn real can!?
Then it’s CNY! This Fatty super bo chup CNY one and I was raised in a family where everything we wear must be new. So every year I gotta go out and buy him a few new shirts for CNY as a compromise wtf. Whereas the kids get everything new. :3
Penny and I in matching Azorias qipaos! Azorias don’t actually make kids clothes (although they totally should) but Hui Wen customized a mini one for Penny so we’d twin. 😀
See this girl and her stupid face lolol.
Most enthusiastic one is the smallest one hahahaha.
One more with my Mochi.
Mochi just sticks to everyone wtf. Hahahaha Tobe took this pic of them and I loveeeee.
One of my handsome boy. I shot and directed this photo okay! Hahahaha. He’s sooo easy to photograph. Penny also la, just that she keeps doing her peace sign pose only, some more her peace sign is three fingers not two hahaha.
A couple of days back I had a mini flea to sell the clothes the critters have outgrown. And some of the moms who were buying were saying that if got girl die, cos means will spend a lot on clothes.
I beg to differ though! I feel like I actually spend more per piece for Fighter’s clothes than Penny’s. Cos pretty girls’ clothes are literally a dime a dozen – cute girls stuff are basically everywhere ok. It’s harder to find fashionable boys clothes (especially if you don’t want clothes with cartoon characters on them lolol) and the trendier items tend to be pricier. Plus I like dressing Jude like Justin Bieber WTF. So I buy lo hahahaha.
One with Le Fats.
And one with Fat Her who looks super weird cos Pitu erased all his wrinkles and added a “cute” filter to his face. He looks like someone’s aunt here wtf.
And if you follow my blog closely, you’d have realized that Fat Her has salt and pepper hair. But right before CNY, Mummy Ooi decided his hair is too grey and whipped out a box of black dye. FHL his hair came out jet black. So black it looks like a wig HAHAHAHAHA.
Grandma and the critters.
Selfie in between nagging the world’s slowest eater to eat his lunch.
OK this is a story worth telling wtf. Why am I at the police station you ask?
Okay so basically if you’re traveling on a domestic flight (in Malaysia at least) you need to bring your IC with you. Kids have a special IC called MyKid and if they don’t have it, they can either bring their passport or birth cert.
Fighter has his MyKid but for some reason when Fatty went to register Penny’s birth they told us they’d call us when her MyKid was ready but they never did. And I also never follow up with them la wtf.
So when we flew domestically last time, I brought a copy of her birth cert and they allowed us in. But apparently the law is it must be original! So this time I again brought a copy. Cos dowan to lug around such an important document which is basically a sheet of paper la later become kiamchai how.
So… the check in counter let us through. But they stopped us at security check wtf. The officer told us I could either just miss my flight…or go file a police report saying I’d lost Penny’s birth cert and use that to board. This was half an hour before takeoff FML.
So I ran la wtf. While Fatty, Fighter and Gaston our helper went to board, I was pushing Penny in her stroller and running. Thankfully there’s a police station right next to Penang airport so that’s where I ran. There was a flight of stairs I needed to descend. And Penny was still in her stroller. So I flagged down this random uncle nearby.
“Uncle, can you help me carry my stroller down the stairs?”
“Uh my leg pain but ok.”
FML and F the poor uncle’s life! I spun around and saw a young man. No leg problem I’m sure wtf.
“Excuse me, can you help us carry my stroller down the stairs? His leg got problem.” *pointing at the poor uncle
So the three of us lugged Penny in her stroller like Cleopatra down the stairs.
And from then I made a 100 m dash to the police station wtf. The policeman saw me coming at full speed and hurriedly yanked the door open or else Penny would have smacked into the glass hahahaha.
So that’s why we ended up at the police station la hahahaha. The policemen reassured me that it would take five minutes but see this girl. I think she understood what was happening so she’s here looking very worried about her situation hahahahaha.
Some more so poor thing she’s dressed in her pajamas, ready to sleep on the plane one hahaha.
We made it! Fighter was super worried I wouldn’t get on the plane but here we are, beeches! Here’s the both of them lying down drinking milk on the plane lol.
Passed out wtf. Really same genetic factory – sleeping positions also the same.
So I thought at four and a half years old, I’d have at least eight good years before I’d start hearing about girls from Fighter. I guess my schedule is off by eight years WTF.
So Fighter’s teacher, after a few weeks, swapped all the kids around so every child would sit with a new classmate and make friends. Remember this!? I remember my teacher would pair kids up boy and girl according to height. And I’ll always sit with the shortest boy hahahaha.
Anyway Fighter is really sitting with the shortest girl in class and she’s sooo cute I wanna kidnap her and bring her home wtf. #jokingorami.
One day, I packed a raisin bun in his lunch box for him to take to school. School provides food for them but he likes to bring something sweet from home anyway. When I picked him up from school, I asked, “So did you finish your raisin bun?”
“Because the girl I sit next to ate it.”
“What!? Did you tell her she could eat it?”
“No, I only thought it.”
And I’m like ???? So I asked again, “Did she ask you before she ate it?”
*loss for words hahahaha* “Ohhh. Well, it’s good to share, darling. But next time you should tell her to ask first before taking anything.”
So I opened his box and found really two bites taken from it hahahaha. Posted this on IG and people said she bit it into heart shape HAHAHAHAH.
Could this be the first sign of love? wtf wtf
Anyway a couple of weeks later, Fighter told me he found out her name lol. Let’s call her SY. So SY is apparently as chatterbox as Fighter and tells her mom everything so her mom and I have been communicating and sharing their stories between us.
So one day, SY’s mom told me that SY told her she wanted to play with Fighter in the playground.
Me (turning to Fighter): SY wants to play with you in the playground! Did you play with her?
Me : Why not?
Fighter: Because Chase didn’t let me.
Hahahahaha this Chase cock block his friend wtf. So I told him that it’s okay, next time, ask Chase and SY to play together with him. And apparently, SY was pretty disappointed Fighter didn’t play with her and her older sister asked her in disdain, why she wanna play with a boy?! SY answered because “Jian Li is a very cute boy.” Hahahahahaha.
Then Fighter asked me how I knew SY wanted to play with him so I told him I was talking to her mother. He perked up. “I want to talk to SY!”
O_O Er how ah like this. How to tell a mother that my son wants to talk to her four year old daughter. *prepares shield* Anyway I went ahead and told SY’s mom that he asked to talk to SY.
SY’s mom replied that SY was too shy to talk to him! But that she kept peeking at her mother’s phone anyway.
Hahahahaha I cannot.
Me: Jude, SY is too shy to talk to you. So tomorrow you go to school and talk to her okay?
Fighter (indignant): Shy?! Why shy to talk to me!?
HAHAHAAH I cannot!
Anyway this was a few weeks back and I think they’re pretty good friends now. I thought it was adorable…until what happened next.
Over CNY, we went back to Penang. One afternoon, some family friends came over to visit.
Fighter saw the daughter, rushed over, and gazed at her in delight, with his hands clasped in front of his chest WTF.
I didn’t think much about it, because shortly after that, the little kids retreated upstairs to play by themselves. Fighter was busily engaged with his cousins in play when he suddenly looked up and said, “Mommy? Where’s the girl I like?”
I was like huh? what girl? what like?
Before it dawned on me that he was talking about Lynette. Took him downstairs again to see her but she had left. Again I didn’t think too much of it…
To the point where Fatty had to call Lynette just so he would shut up about her hahahaha.
The hilarious thing was Fighter before that was just whining and saying really loudly, “I want Lynette! I want Lynette!” But the moment Lynette answered the video call, he was suddenly simpering, “Hi Lynette…” in a very soft shy voice unlike his usual tone hahahaaha. And he answered all Lynette’s questions in the same soft, gentle voice LOL.
Then his father said, “Hey Fighter why you suddenly talk like that a minute ago you were shouting!” Seriously, dads.
Oh yes. And Lynette is twenty years old. A full fifteen years older than her admirer LOL.
Later, we asked Fighter, “why do you like Lynette?”
He answered straight from the bottom of his little heart, “Because she looks like a Korean girl.”
And there we have it, ladies and gentlemen. Fighter’s first crush.
Since I’ve stopped being so active on Dayre now, lemme do my daily updates here! (and my category AudEveryday can come back into action kelian this category wtf.)
These are all photos taken and stories from the last two months or so!
So this was a day when I realized all of us were matching purely coincidentally so I dragged everyone to take a picture. Fatty’s not happy cos I made him late for work LOL.
Here’s a baby villain lololol. She looks like (a) The Joker (b) a slasher victim (c) all of the above wtf. In reality, I was getting ready in the morning, she ran into my room to show me her makeup and it was this. Hahahahahah. She found her baby lipstick and applied it all over her face cos she “wanna be pwetty like mommy”.
Fighter’s homework! Yea he has homework now. And yea that’s his handwriting hahaha. I can see his handwriting improve and get steadier literally day by day though. :O And the pace at which he’s learning things – more Chinese, learning how to write, even BM – is astounding I’m so impressed by this school already. :O
Before I remembered I’d bought him a little table that he can actually do his homework on instead of on the floor #uselessmom.
Took a couple of short trips with Fatty! This is our annual parents getaway to Langkawi.
Should I cut my bangs again *asking the important questions
We also went to Shanghai for a couple of days for meetings and to check out the coworking spaces there!
Last photo wear so little here wear until I think I got nearly every piece of winter clothing on me hahahaah you name it. Got thermal underwear, normal top, sweater on top, jeans on top of the thermal pants, boots, winter jacket, scarf, beanie, mittens (in my pocket). Missing maybe ear muffs and a portable heater wtf.
Shanghai was really cold and I’m so not used to the cold already now! In fact I’m so bad with the cold that every morning when I send Fighter to school I have to put on a cardigan. Is this old age wtf.
Random OOTD. Yea those stripey sleeves are heat tech hahaha.
Shanghai is pretty beautiful. T____T
So cold that Fatty who normally avoids spicy food was nomming down malat soup by the pot.
Came home to these two! I’m really so glad we put down fake grass on the balcony cos it makes it so much nicer to be outside. ^^
When we celebrated Mia’s birthday! Penny 100% consistently says Mia is her best friend but I don’t know if she even knows what it means hahaha. She’s super comfortable around Mia but I suspect she says it only cos Fighter says Chase is his best friend lol.
Anyway we went to the park and fed the fish!
Fighter’s pants are cooler than yours.
McDonald’s party for these four who only seem to need each other. Birthday party also only the four of them hahaha.
Aiyo these four <333333
Mothers on the other hand were busy doing this. Plucking white hair HAHAHAHAHA. Eh primates bond by grooming ok what do you know.
Penny potty trained herself! For a week. -______- After that she started school and I guess with the new environment, even though she’s doing really well she decided to regress wtf. Now keep telling me she wants to pee in her diaper. T____T
She was initially a bit wary of other kids, preferring to stick to the teachers but Teacher said she’s doing really well now! She made friends with one particular girl recently and keeps wanting to sit with her and do stuff together lolol.
Oh yea then one day I think she couldn’t get to sit next to her favorite so she was whining about it. They were in the middle of story time and teacher asked her to stay put cos she’s disrupting her class. She burst into tears and threw a whole tantrum…. so she had to go into the naughty corner LOL. I love it hahahahaha. Not love punishing her la! But I’m very appreciative that school is implementing the same standards and modes of discipline as we do wtf.
Teacher said she’s the most mature and independent in her class though. She does everything by herself and refuses help. And she brings tissue to her classmates who cry hahaha. She also tells them off for not following rules WTF Fighter also like that why my kids both so annoying one day sure kena walloped wtf.
Found her sitting like this watching TV one random day.
Just me wtf.
Threw a bridal shower for Juvyn who got married recently!
Congratulations Juv and hello happily ever after!
Took the boys shopping one day while we were waiting for the two girls to finish school. These two see each other every day but every day is like never see for years hahaha.
A mommy sent me this pic of Fighter and his friend waiting on the bench before school to walk to class together. Yea he so big boy already T3T I drop him off at the school entrance and he walks in by himself to his classroom.
After school another day.
Saw this one sitting quietly in the hallway one day looking at a wedding picture of me and Fatty. Hahaha.
Oh and this is a sneak peek of what else has been consuming my attention recently! We’re working on the new Colony (location to be revealed later) and this is one of the 3D designs. I’ll write a proper blog post about the design and inspiration at a later point!
Fighter’s learning how to write! His school is super good in that they really drill the kids with reading and writing and Fighter’s handwriting has developed by leaps and bounds. He’s writing every day so his hand muscles have really strengthened. Quite nice already his writing now.
Oh yea decorated my house for CNY and for the first time, my house didn’t look like a complete failure hahaha. I think it’s cos I decided to just not bother with traditional Chinese elements eg lanterns and firecrackers and pussy willow too much, and just focus on the color red and lots of flowers.
Speaking of red, here’s someone on Red Party Day at school.
Oh that’s the end of my photos wtf. Hahahhaa till next time folks wtf.
I know I know! I’m so late with this. But hor some people one year after moving in to their house also haven’t finished decorating ok wtf. At least I have cushions on my couches (although they’re not even mine lolol my ID lent to me temporarily. :X)
But this is the long awaited blog post (and vlog!) about the final result of our house renovation.
Here’s the house tour vlog. It gives you a clearer insight into the layout of our place and our daily lives. ^^ Have fun watching!
And here are a bunch of photos I took of our place for illustrative purposes wtf. A lot of people have been asking me about where I got this and that from so I’ll do my best to answer them here as we go along!
Here’s our living room. Uh furniture is all mostly procured by our ID so I don’t know where to get sorry lol. :X Just after I said I’d answer here hahahah.
Straight view of the TV. Yea our house is Chinese New Year ready yo.
The opposite side. Our royal blue sofa is custom made by my ID and I love ittttt. I also love that little boy standing there hahaha. Behind the sofa is the powder room, and stairs that lead upstairs *captain obvious.
On the other side of the living room is the kids play room. I banish all their toys here so they don’t make a mess wtf. Shelves are custom made to fit the width of the wall. (and yea they have a lot of toys. Imma spring clean and donate some soon. If you know anyone who needs old toys hit me up!)
The playroom was originally part of the balcony so we had to install a new aircon. Went for the Mitsubishi R410-R32 model cos it’s the latest technology from Japan! Among its unique features is its super wide airflow system, which means that it’s really flexible when it comes to delivering airflow – it can handle a long narrow room or a wide open space with no problem. Good for us cos our house is actually very open concept!
With a new noise-reducing design, the aircon is also quieter than other units. But my favorite feature is the I FEEL control. If it feels too cold or too hot, just tap the “Too Warm” or “Too Cool” buttons on the remote control and the aircon will adjust itself. And it will remember your preferred temperature for future too! ^^
This is the other end of the playroom. Wall is white brick veneer from Suzuka.
On the next wall (under the stairs) is an art piece made by Fighter and his friends for their art show last year. The other kids did one letter each but Fighter did two – the D and the E – so I die also must win the auction for this wtf. It looks so nice on their wall now!
I like the white brick effect so much I used it on our balcony too!
View from the opposite end. I love how low maintenance it is! Real brick walls can produce brick dust but no such problems with brick veneer. Plus Suzuka quality is fantastic – feels and looks super real.
Balcony view from the door. Behind the wooden wall is our washing area – with washing machine and a sink.
Suzuka has a 20% off discount now running till end of the month btw for Kastone brick veneers so please go check it out if you’re interested!
Our kitchen! Yea damn messy la wtf. The white counter peninsula is where the kids have their meals normally cos it’s the perfect height for their high chairs.
Kitchen is quite small actually! But nice for us although it could use some more storage la hahaha.
Our dining area! I chose black metal chairs contrasting with a cream sofa (which is probably an unwise choice with two toddlers in the house lol) for seating. Table is one of my favorite furniture pieces – from Art of Tree. They are an environmentally aware company that produces furniture out of whole pieces of salvaged wood (from fallen trees or trees marked for removal) from Malaysian forests. Their wood is gorgeous too – solid and unmarked.
I love it so much in fact I’m sitting right here writing this blog post hahaha.
Our hallway (which leads to Fatty’s siblings’ units). We custom built the cabinets on the side for storage. Right now they’re used to store tools, shoes and random household things.
Shelves I used for books and decorative knick knacks. Bottom shelf is kids books and they’re always pulling out books that’s why so messy. -_-
Fighter’s room! The walls are dark blue cos it was supposed to be a night ski/outer space theme but all the star stickers I stuck dropped off WTF. Stupid taobao shit hahahaha.
His house bed was bought from a local IG seller but aiya I know it’s from China too. I wouldn’t recommend it though because you basically need a power drill to assemble it, it took forever to arrive, the quality of the wood is pretty bad, and the measurements all slightly lari one wtf.
Opposite his bed is his bookshelf for his school bags and books.
Bathroom! We didn’t touch the bathroom in the renovation – just cleaned it up and added Daiso stickers to the toilet bowl lol.
Now Penny’s room! It’s super girly – I chose a mint green for the walls and added pink/peach accents for a more girly feel! Her stuffed animals around her bed also I purposely chose the white and pink ones to add to the decor hahaha.
Canopy is from Ali Express.
Stuck gold stars on her wall as well. Also from Ali Express (as is the laundry basket at the foot of her bed) but these stars better, never fall off hahaha.
The opposite side we painted a pyramid in dusk pink just to add more interest to the walls. Her shelves are from Ikea.
The window facing her bed. She has her doll’s cradle there and a baby puzzle box.
Upstairs is our study/guest room! Everything in here is from Ikea hahaha. Except my chair which is from a shop on Jalan Bangsar.
Fatty’s side of the room. His desk is exactly the same as mine except in manly colors wtf.
Our room! Bed was custom made by our ID. Penny is crying cos her hair got caught in her bag strap HAHAHA.
Side view with Bunny Bun Bun and that fugly La-z Boy hahaha.
Walk in closet! ID basically designed a lot of shelf space cos she thinks I got a lot of bags to display hahahaha. (I don’t wtf.) I don’t remember where she got the transparent chair though.
Our walk in closet (and all carpentry in the house actually) is by Daruma Sdn Bhd. They do the carpentry and paneling work for Colony too! They’re a sweet old couple with no online presence so if you’re looking for a carpenter contact, it’s 012 200 9613.
Bathroom! It’s always been my dream to have double sinks (cos I hate sharing hahahaha) so ta dah! Our bathroom is in an entirely colonial feel
Oh one nice feature that complemented our bathroom style is our old fashioned brass fixtures! They’re from Premtex if anyone is wondering and were on sale some more when I bought! Shower and our taps and towel rails are all in this matte brass. <3
Oh but the best feature of our bathroom is this Geberit toilet! Hahahaha I learned so much about bathrooms this time wtf. Geberit is a Switzerland brand with an awesome name in bathrooms. Comes in white, red, gold, silver, navy, black and even patterned designs but I chose black to go with our bathroom.
I love how sleek the toilet tank is! It’s only 11 cm so it saves a lot of space, in addition to just looking damn cool. Traditional toilets normally can’t be less than 15 cm so this is considered groundbreaking hehehe. Like other modern toilets, it comes with a dual flush, depending what your business is ahem.
Full name is Geberit Monolith Puro and I got it from Bina Warehouse. They have other brands as well so you can go check it out.
Some of the items here are sponsored, others are not. Thought I’d write a blog post to share at length cos I got tons of DMs asking me where I got this and that and where are the showrooms I visited.
Bina Warehouse was one of them. I also got my lights from various lighting shops in Kota Damansara, and visited furniture shops along Jalan Tun Razak.
Leave any other questions you have in the comments! I’ll ask my ID and get back to you hahahaha.
New vlog up! I am so efficient cos this vlog was filmed in Dec, more than a month ago HAHAHA. Just pretend Christmas is around the corner ok and enjoy!
(Title is pretty self-explanatory, in a nutshell: Fighter gets a haircut, Penny refuses to cut her hair, and the kids open one Christmas present each cos we were going back to Penang for Christmas and didn’t want to lug the toys all back.)
Oh and bonus handsome photos of Fighter for all you aunties out there.
OMG dunno why his smile like this I’ve never seen this expression on him before in his four years hahaha.
So my kids are pretty bad junk food eaters. -_-
Fighter turns out to have an incredibly sweet tooth and asks for “dessert” after every dinner. I used to buy him and Penny small treats like Kinder eggs and tiny packs of M&Ms until I realized one day it had become less like a treat and more like a daily requirement. :X
So I’ve cut out sweets and junk food. For dessert and snacks they get fresh fruits or the occasional slice of cake if there’s been a birthday. Cos I’m daaaaamn paro about the kids getting cavities!
Fun fact: I’ve never had a cavity in my life *proud. But the thought of the kids having dental problems freaks me out la how they gonna deal with the pain and the care!? Not to mention the host of problems after that – teeth shifting around etc.
Anyway I’ve always been careful with their teeth. Since like a few months old I’d wrap my finger in a small towel and wipe their gums and tongue so they’d get used to having a toothbrush later.
Fighter is really good about brushing his teeth! But Penny…. Penny’s hobby is eating toothpaste. -____- So I gotta watch her very carefully to make sure she doesn’t swallow bubbles or intentionally eat it wtf.
Just as well I received the new Colgate Naturals Toothpaste hahahaha. They have three flavors: Pure Fresh (Lemon & Aloe Vera) which is for lasting fresh breath with a lemon taste, Real White (Seaweed and Crystalline Salts) which is for a whitening effect, and Gum Comfort (Tea Tree Oil & Aloe Vera) which is pretty self explanatory.
Colgate Naturals is a toothpaste with a twist – a nature based sensorial twist. So every variant has its own unique taste for different purposes. And it’s also child safe – if it’s accidentally eaten if a young child brushes their teeth — or in Penny’s case, eaten on purpose. -_- (According to the packaging, children of 6 years and younger should only use a pea sized amount to minimize swallowing while brushing their teeth.)
Tried Pure Fresh for Penny. To match her yellow toothbrush lolol.
Must open so big or not baby hahahaha.
*brush brush brush*
Koko’s turn to try! Blue is his favorite color so… Real White it is.
Hahahahaha camera ready. Saw my phone and smiled wtf.
Hahahahaha my cute boy. To be honest, Fighter didn’t like it — he said it was too spicy (by that he means minty lol) but that’s actually a good thing because the normal kids’ toothpastes that’s usually fruit flavored? They eat it as though it’s melted candy. -___- So this one tasting less like candy, they definitely won’t simply eat hahaha and just brush with it.
These two babies hahaha.
Verdict: Colgate Naturals might take some getting used to for children, but for adults, it’s a refreshing, natural take on the usual mint toothpaste on the market.
This post was written in collaboration with Colgate Naturals.
Hello every buddy!
This is Penny. If you don’t know, I am Mommy’s baby. I am also Daddy’s baby and Koko’s sister.
Hi. Iz me.
Mommy is very tired today so Imma help her out. Because I’m a big girl. Today I will blog about… our trip to Minion Land!
Oh it’s called Resorts World Sentosa Singapore?
So the first thing we did when we got to RWS was go for lunch at a restaurant called Sessions.
This is what it looks like.
What the!? Mommehhhhhhh. Why you always like this!? Taking unflattering shots of me sleeping. Fine I fell asleep and missed half of lunch.
Koko was having fun though. You can draw on their table cloths!
[Mommy: It’s sheets of paper laid down for kids to draw.]
My favorite was this fried chicken. Iz so yummy!
No no wait I think I like this.
Mommy’s favorite was this chili crab. I think it’s a grown up thing cos it’s so spicy but she and Dada gobbled the whole thing.
Then it was time to go to
Minion Land Universal Studios Singapore!
Mommy took out her sunglasses so me and Koko fought to put ours on too. Daddy already has glasses but his doesn’t have sun in it.
Look who we found!!! Her dress is so pretty I wanna be her when I grow up.
Mommy said it was a bit hot so she made us all go into the souvenir shop. If you ask me, she just wanted to shop. But I found more friends inside! Say hi to Elmo!
Koko found a fat unicorn! Iz so fluffy I’m gonna die!
Then we went to this place called Santa’s Workshop. I don’t know if you’ve heard of this guy called Santa Claus but he’s cool. Apparently his job is to give kids presents!
But hor warn you first. The elves who are supposed to help Santa a bit lazy. They kept asking us to do their work for them! Find letters la, make toys la, bake cookies la whew. Luckily got me and Koko around or else I don’t know what they’d do.
At the end of all our challenges we finally met Santa! Koko is all happy but my face is like that cos I was trying to decide if I should tell Santa his helpers kept making us do their work. #snitch
Then we went for this Madagascar boat ride where we got to meet some animals! Got lion, zebra, hippo and giraffe! All so cuteeee.
But a bit dark. Mommy asked me if I was scared and I said no. Actually I was but don’t tell anyone ok shhh my samseng image is at stake here.
This ride [King Julien] is cool though! The animals came out to play and we went round and round!
BRB milk break.
See who passed out after that HAHAHAHA.
[Mommy: Don’t forget you fell asleep during lunch that’s why you could stay awake. -_-]
And missed the Minions!!!! They finally came out to see us!!!
Suckerrrrr. Wait till Koko sees this pic he’s gonna be so jealous.
Hello Mel, Stuart and Kevin! We are your biggest fans!
[Mommy: there are different shows and events at USS throughout the year yo.]
When Koko woke up, Daddy suggested we go in to this thing called Lights Camera Action. Because Daddy said there’s a tornado inside and Koko would want to see it cos he loves natural disasters.
WHY? WHY MOMMY DID YOU AND DADDY BRING US IN TO THIS HORROR. THE TORNADO WAS HORRIBLE WE COULDA DIED!!!!!!
[Mommy: Yea so Fighter was really excited about witnessing his first “tornado” but didn’t realize it would be that loud and scary. They both burst into tears and everyone around us judged us for bringing in babies hahahaahah.]
Here I am watching my favorite thing in USS.
The Christmas angels! They’re so pretty omg. I asked Mommy how come the angels don’t come down and she didn’t answer me. 🙁
The next day we went here! It’s called Adventure Cove Waterpark and it’s so awesome!
First we met some dolphins at Dolphin Island! Mommy and Daddy were so excited about it and the trainer taught us to do hand signals to “talk” to the dolphins.
But you know Mommy doesn’t even need to do hand signals and I will do what she says too. *proud* I’m like a dolphin, but better.
We got to touch the dolphin! I liked that.
But then the dolphin splashed us with his tail and Koko and I got all wet and then I didn’t like it very much anymore. T_______T
But then we came across this pool with a huge jungle playground and a slide and everything! Koko and I shouted, “Swimsuit! Swimsuit!” until Mommy relented and changed us.
OMG OMG so fun.
Woah woah Koko splashing water!
But after that Daddy brought me and Koko and we tried to go up the stairs and got caught in a huge typhoon.
So I decided to wait it out while Koko and Daddy play with the water. *snorts water out of nose*
Our favorite spot here – the beach!
[Mommy: Actually it was just a patch of sand where the beach chairs are hahahaha.]
Koko and Daddy went on this river float ride thingy [Mommy: it’s called the Adventure River] and got to see some funny looking flat fishes called rays. The rays smiled at us! But I was pretty tired by now so I just frowned back at them. I didn’t go either, just asked Mommy to carry me at the side.
But after that we went to Vivocity for shopping and I got very awake. Because shopping <3
And then for dinner, the Resorts World cheh chehs took us to eat under the sea. :O Like mermaids :O
Mommy and Daddy got boring ol’ grown up plates but look! Ours got fish on them.
No restaurant is complete without fries! Mommy ordered me and Koko the kids meals – Koko had minute steak and I had fries with a side of fish. And my unicorn ate some glitter.
Dinner conversation. We so civilized, look at us.
Me with my unicorn and Koko with his banana. RWS cheh chehs gave them to us! I like them already.
And then the next day! We went under water again. Mommy says this is the SEA Aquarium.
Where we saw… Baby shark du du du du du du~~~~
Oh sorry. Like any self respecting INFLUENCER, I must post my OOTD.
Dress – Next UK
Shoes – Zara
Stroller – GB Pockit
Sunglasses – free from Koko’s birthday party pack
We saw lots of fish and underwater animals! Daddy says these are jelly fish but I don’t see any jelly or fish. They look like mushrooms to me.
What is that!? Some new species of starfish maybe?
Oh it’s just a diver dressed as a Christmas elf. *confused*
We saw some real starfish after that! And the uncle asked us to touch it too. But Koko freaked out, struggled out of Daddy’s arms and ran away. LOL oh Koko you so silly.
Look! Here I’ll show you — I’m going to touch it —-
OH EW WHAT IN SAINTS UNDERPANTS IS THAT!? *scrambles to get down and escape*
*freaks out* Mommyyyy why did you make me touch that T_________T
And that is why I refused to face front in this otherwise okay family photo.
That’s my review of Resorts World Sentosa Singapore. Hope you enjoyed it and can make an informed decision to bring your kids (but don’t let them touch gross things/get water poured on their heads/get splashed by sneaky dolphins). Otherwise we’re good.