Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Round or V?

There's a new show on Playhouse Disney. Angelina Ballerina is making my princess do ballet moves. She will stand in front of the mirror and do leg lifts, asks for her 'dancing dress' and then twirl and twirl.

So I'm planning to order some custom-tailored umbrella-skirt design kind of dress. But I have a problem deciding on the actual design.


or round-neck?

Kindly help me 'vote' by leaving a comment.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Playing Dress Up

Just for the fun of it, Joy got dressed up this morning.

I love this smile...
Headwreath attached to a 30-year-old veil that YeeYee used to play with.

She is more vain now than she was 10 months ago and will happily want to wear the flowers on her head.

After jumping like a monkey, while dressed like a princess, we changed her out into something more cooling and got her to do some singing...

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Videos from our Singapore Holiday

At WaterWorks @ Singapore Science Center :

Singapore Zoo :

My Twirling Princess

Inspired by Playhouse Disney's new show - Angelina Ballerina...

Ten months after I bought her that tailor-made dress, she now loves twirling in it and in front of the mirror too.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Wearing Dora & Diego

Enough already about caning which drew a lot of responses I didn't expect.

The kids couldn't wait to get into their Nickelodeon gear. Joy-Anne especially. She wanted to wear Dora clothes, carry her Dora bag, and her Dora water bottle. She's also got Dora panties and Dora socks.
She can wear this size 5 Dora pyjamas very comfortably although the pants are long. But I like the big size because there's so much room for her to move about. Comfy for sleeping!
Joe has less Diego gear than Joy has Dora gear but he has been very cool about it. I also love the way he's so protective of his sister when other children try to bully her.
And for the record....I weighed both kids 2 days ago and got a shock with Joy's weight.....16.8kg!! Joseph is a decent 20.4kg.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Caning the bottom

**By popular request, the original post has been edited**

In some countries, I could be arrested for using this :
Papa did it!!!

Because he always laughs that "Mama can not painful".

His 'crime'???

I found some graffiti on Joy's Dora backpack and Joe was holding the exact same coloured colour pencils. I asked him if he did it and he said "yes". He couldn't tell me why.

And he knows very well he's only supposed to draw on paper.

We've gone through this before with both kids when Joy drew on my wall, my chairs and my bedsheet.

Can you draw on my wall? No!
Can you draw on my bed? No!
Can you draw on my table? No!
Can you draw on my chair? No!
Can you draw on your clothes? No!
Can you draw on my floor? No!
Can you draw on your face? No!

What will happen if you do that?

Joy : piak.

Piak where?

Joy : buttock.

And that's what Joe got.

** Incidentally, Pastor Daniel mentioned about using the rod of correction, during his sermon this weekend.

Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him. Proverbs 22:15

He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him. Proverbs 13:24

Canes are easily available at the PJ Old Town sundry shops for RM0.50 - RM3.50 each depending on size.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Holiday in Singapore - Science Center and Singapore Zoo

I know YeeYee has been patiently waiting to see our holiday pictures...

We spent Friday travelling, Saturday at the Science Center, Sunday at the Zoo and Monday playing Wii and travelling.

I'll let the pictures to the talking :

J & j and their cousins

all the Dora & Diego gear - Thank you TuaPek & TuaUm!

Diego book and socks for Joe

Joshua reading Joy's new Kai-Lan book to her

a huge T-Rex greeted us at the entrance to the Science Center. Joy cried, "I want to run away!!!!" And then when we wanted to leave, she said, "I want to see the dinosaur!"

there was a Pixar 20th anniversary exhibition - separate admission charges.

pirate Joe

cowboy Joe

pirate Joy

Daalin's head on a platter

and Joe's head on a platter

Joe checking out a whirlpool

tri-coloured shadow

great white shark

Joe and dinosaur bones

this was surely the highlight - WaterWorks!

The Singapore Zoo really impressed me - very good landscaping, clean and kid-friendly.

Ben&Jerry's signature cow. Joe asked me why there was a cow in the zoo coz cows belong in farms!

the White Tiger was the most ferocious of animals we said hello to

Joe gave a thumbs-up for the very green toilet

We caught the Splash Safari show

And then it was off to the Shaw Foundation Amphitheatre to wait for Dora & Diego. I think Joy was a little frightened by the overwhelmingly huge Dora. She held on to me really tightly!

Joe enjoyed it but it was really quite short. It's not a stage show where you pay (a lot) of money to sit like in Istana Budaya or Bukit Jalil Stadium. So I guess you can't expect too much.

meet Ah Meng - the restaurant in the zoo is named after him

After lunch, Joe finally got to jump into the WaterPlay area. God was really really VERY good to us! As soon as we opened the KFC door and stepped out, the sun disappeared behind thick clouds and stayed away for a good 2 hours!
So it was very nice and cloudy and the kids had a great time! While Joe dived in right away, Joy was more cautious and stayed on the perimeters just getting her toes wet.

After a while, she ventured further in and pulled me along. I was not dressed for a swim but got splashed anway.

Joseph was absolutely fearless. A year ago, I know he would have tried to avoid water getting into his eyes.

Now, he runs through all that shooting water on purpose.

He loved the water slides and could tell me the light blue one is the highest and longest!

There was a huge elephant bucket that kept filling with water and when it was almost full, there would be a bell ringing. All the kids (and big oversized kids) would gather at the bottom and wait for the big splash! Joe joined in the fun!
I think this WaterPlay area is much better than WaterWorks at the Science Center. If I lived around here, and earned S$, I would probably be a regular. It's better than any swimming pool, and just so family-friendly! But would you pay S$12 per kid and S$18 per adult just to come in here?

The sky was getting gloomy by the time Joe had enough of running and splashing. But we still went over to the Dino Walk.

this is a parasaurolophus

that's a triceratops

and Joe says this is a stegosaurus. I have no idea.

We found this next to the Dino Walk.
Joe really had fun and we kinda pretended we couldn't read the sign that says "For age 6 and above".

Joy also wanted to join in the fun so I let her. See the priceless look of delight on her face!

This is the 4th zoo that my ho-mia kids have been to. And on 3 different continents in 4 countries! See I counted A'Famosa (Alor Gajah) and Honolulu Zoo in 2008, Melbourne Zoo in 2009 and now Singapore Zoo in 2010.

I must remind the kids to thank their wonderful dad who did all the driving and took time off work so that they could have a wonderful time.

Thanks to very generous and hospitable family and friends, we saved money on accommodation. All in, I think we spent no more than RM500 for transport, food, entrance tickets etc. I think we should do this on an annual basis. Just the 4 (or more in future?) of us.