Friday, August 14, 2009


Only months ago I trained Isabel to ride on a 2-wheeled bicycle, which she did it with a surprising determination. Recently, I started getting Ally to start training on the 2-wheeled bicycle too.

Maybe its the age... I've asked her if she wants to learn, she gave a half-hearted answer, although she verbally said she wants to learn but she was not as keen as the big sister in this.

I held the side of the bicycle with her riding on it, ran up and down the path, round and round the open shelter, sweating like a pig, but after a while, she turned to me and asked: "Daddy, can I go to the playground now?"

She's the selfmotivated type, if she's not totally convinced, its hard to make her do it. Took me a couple of days more than I thought, but eventually she still did it.

But she'll need more time to learn to start and stop the bicycle.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Full Month Celebration

Baby Jared's full month celebration... We split the celebration into 2 different Sundays; the Sunday before was with our Church friends while the following Sunday was for our relatives and friends and colleagues.

With all the noise and sound, he managed to sleep through the entire event on the first Sunday. Some say he has my nose, some say he has my wife's cheek...

But all would agree that he is very boyish looking and will be a handsome man when he grows up.

Its nice to have so many uncles and aunties come and give blessings to little Jared.


Isabel seems specially anxious about this year's NDP. For me, I've watched 36 of the previous 43 parades, nothing can really surprise me any more.

But I've always admire those Red Lions Parachute team, with their thousands drops experience, the way they are able to land perfectly on the designated spot without missing an inch. Simply amazing.

Anyway, one reason that Isabel is specially anxious is that her school principle has told them that they are to participate the reciting of the National Pledge at 8.22pm toward the end of the parade. In fact the school has given a notice to all parents that we are to show "Patriotism" and set good example to the young children, and are "encouraged" to participating of the recitation of the National Pledge at that particular time.

For the whole night, she has been watching the clock...

And sure enough, at 8.22pm the parade was coming to an end and they started to lead us in the reciting of the Pledge.

At that moment of time, I had a few guests in my place. The fathers were in the living room watching the NDP while the Mommys were in the room talking about children. When the pledge started, Isabel gingerly stood up, feeling uneasy as she felt a little embarrassed to do it in front of us.

But I showed her the support by standing next to her and started saying the pledge out-loud. The other fathers started to stand and joined in while the mommys stood behind us and laughed at us.

I guessed the most important thing is to show Isabel that there's nothing wrong with showing a little patriotism.

God Bless Singapore.


Friday, August 07, 2009

Sleepless in Sengkang...

Its close to a month now... still we have not had a full night of undisturbed sleep. But at most we are only complaining to each other of the tiredness that physically we are enduring. Everytime, we look at Jared's big google eyes looking back at us seemingly trying to say "Thank you for taking care of me."

All the tiredness will be worth it.

Now we have established an unspoken pattern for the night... I, who usually sleeps quite late, will take care of Jared for the earlier part of the night while my wife rests. She'll attend to him for the later part of the night when necessary.

We are of course looking forward to the time when he can play and laugh with us, cos by 6 weeks, he will develop the sense of humour and laughs at funny faces and sound which his 2 sisters are very capable of doing such nonsense.

It will be fun.