Archive for November, 2013

lost in translation

Me: Why is she so upset?

He: Because someone called and yelled at her.

Me: Did you call him back and yell at him?

He: Yes.

Me: Did you tell him that he should never be rude to our staff again?

He: I can’t say that in Mandarin.

Me: So what did you tell him?

He: I told him not to be rude.

Me: And he said?

He: I don’t know. I can’t understand what he replied.



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Joy is walking to the clinic in the evening with one kid holding each hand and singing on the top of your voices “Mummy called the doctor and the doctor said NO MORE MONKEYS JUMPING ON THE BED!” like you just don’t care.

Joy is having the kiddies declared free of HFMD by the nice doctor, who didn’t lose his patience even after Peanut and Lion asked him a billion questions about the equipment on his table and why they can’t lie on the examination bed.

Joy is breaking to the kiddies that to celebrate the end of their quarantine, they will be headed to the zoo tomorrow with Daddy and Daddy’s aunt and cousins.


I have a hearing this morning so I am not going to be in the zoo with them.

So I sat up writing cross-examination all night and will miss the kiddies horribly in between asking my questions in a cold room and yearning to walk in the sun with those little smiling faces while waiting for the right answers.



This morning in the car while The Other Half was dropping me off at my building, I pointed out the Subordinate Courts to the kiddies and told them that Mummy goes there to fight cases.

Peanut asked: What are cases, Mummy?

I replied: Sometimes, people get into arguments and fights. So they go to that building to try to settle their fights. Mummy’s job is to help them settle their fights.

Lion asked: Mummy, you go there and fight? With swords?

I replied: No no! Mummy doesn’t fight with swords. Mummy fights with a pen. And the pen is mightier than a sword!

Before we knew it, we were at my building. I said goodbye to the kiddies and wished them a good day at the zoo.

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I discovered the following things about my children while baking gingerbread people with them yesterday in an attempt to distract them from the pain from their mouth ulcers:

1. Peanut likes small details and small things. She is the one who would peel off little bits of dough stuck to the rolling pin and gather them together and try to mould them into small bows and ribbons for her gingerbread girl cookie cutter.

2. Lion is a bit of a production operator. All his gingerbread people are variations on a theme, even when I tried to show him different ways of decorating them.

3. Peanut on the other hand is very creative. She made aliens and angels and girls with belts and necklaces, boys with smiley faces. Anything goes and whatever catches her.

4. Lion is quite meticulous. He will pick out all the parts he needs, lay them straight in a line on the mat before sticking them on.

I also found out that it is possible to make up and sing silly gingerbread people songs for 2 hours straight.

It was a fun afternoon, except that Lion still refuses to eat and it takes great effort to get him to drink anything too. Lion also refuses to talk and communicates with me by sign language. I end up having to keep up a running chatter to make up for the kiddies’ silence, which is really tiring because I am not normally a very chatty person either. The Other Half is far better at this kind of thing. I usually just walk along in silence with the children.

My gingerbread recipe can be found here. We have to make about another 3 or more batches because I have decided to give out gingerbread this year instead of cook jam like last year. That should keep the kiddies busy for a while.

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cabin fever

After missing all the HFMD outbreaks over the last 3 years or so, my kiddies finally caught it from the kindergarten.

They have been quarantined at home since Saturday. The Other Half and I are taking turns to watch them so I only come into work on alternate days this week.

Yesterday I made milkshake out of bread and jam to help them eat their breakfast. I also had to blitz their porridge and fed it to them while they sat in their seats weeping from the pain from their ulcers. It was really depressing.

They are really brave children though. They eventually finished their porridge and asked for their usual chocolate treat after. For dinner, I gave up on forcing them to eat real food and Lion had ice-cream while Peanut had soya bean curd.

I am at work today while The Other Half took them over to his mother’s place to chill.

I can’t wait for this week to be over.


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We missed out on an opportunity to be part of something important today.

Rather, we made a conscious effort to price ourselves out of the situation.

It is a lovely offer, a wonderful opportunity to be part of something bigger, to get on the map.

But we thought about it honestly and decided that while we could do a great job, it is a very difficult job to do. We were too low on resources to contemplate taking it on.

I suppose that’s part of growing up: knowing when to pull back and say no, knowing your own limits.


Incidentally, to fortify my soul to go into work today, I opened my Laudate app and very coincidentally, one of the daily readings was Wisdom Chapter 7 as follows:

In Wisdom is a spirit
intelligent, holy, unique,
Manifold, subtle, agile,
clear, unstained, certain,
Not baneful, loving the good, keen,
unhampered, beneficent, kindly,
Firm, secure, tranquil,
all-powerful, all-seeing,
And pervading all spirits,
though they be intelligent, pure and very subtle.
For Wisdom is mobile beyond all motion,
and she penetrates and pervades all things by reason of her purity.
For she is an aura of the might of God
and a pure effusion of the glory of the Almighty;
therefore nought that is sullied enters into her.
For she is the refulgence of eternal light,
the spotless mirror of the power of God,
the image of his goodness.
And she, who is one, can do all things,
and renews everything while herself perduring;
And passing into holy souls from age to age,
she produces friends of God and prophets.
For there is nought God loves, be it not one who dwells with Wisdom.
For she is fairer than the sun
and surpasses every constellation of the stars.
Compared to light, she takes precedence;
for that, indeed, night supplants,
but wickedness prevails not over Wisdom.

Indeed, she reaches from end to end mightily
and governs all things well.

I prayed for wisdom before going into work for another crazy day.


I choose words for a living; choosing them very carefully is a life skill.

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Hello you, all the extra visitors to my blog over the last 2 days.

Thanks for coming by. It makes me feel a little less boring than I really am.

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keeping memories

Yesterday I succumbed to microblogging and started using the Dayre app to record the little bits and pieces of my day.

The thing about me is that I have really really good memory for things. But two pregnancies later, my memory is not as good as it used to be. So my Dayre page is mostly for all the little bobs of conversation and random thoughts that I don’t want to fall out of my head into a black hole.

So if you are interested in my stream of consciousness type record of my day, the link is in the sidebar.

No wisdom here. Only words.

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