Wednesday, February 04, 2015


We were gathered for bedtime prayers, and Rachel asked, 'Why do we have parents?'

Matthew answered, 'So that you can be born!'

And Rachel added, 'And play with you, and buy toys.'

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Matthew went for a project meeting at a friends' place yesterday. They had planned it for 9am-6pm and he duly reached home at 7pm. I asked him what the project was, and he told me they baked butter cookies as practice for a Food & Nutrition (i.e. home econs) test, and also composed a song for Music class (or was it Lit, whatever). I thought it was pretty cool. Then it struck me - 9 hrs to do that? I'm no baker but I'm pretty sure it doesn't take more than an hour to make a batch of biscuits. Turns out he didn't previously mention that they had also scheduled in LOTS of time to play halo, minecraft, skylanders!

Monday, June 16, 2014

"In My Heart"

Rachel developed Kawasaki Disease a few months back, and that means having to have heart scans to make sure that there's no aneurysm of the coronary blood vessels. Apparently that happens, but luckily hers have been just within the acceptable range so far.

At her last scan, the screen was visible to her and she was looking intently at the black and white fuzzy images while the technician was moving the handpiece over her chest.

We were all watching when she suddenly asked, "Where's Jesus?"

Nobody knew what she was talking about.

Slowly, it dawned on me that she was looking for Jesus because we have always been telling her that Jesus is in her heart, and prior to the scan, I had explained to her that the ultrasound is to see inside her heart and check that everything is alright!

Bless the little one.

We did see a pulsating image that looked like a figure jumping up and down, so I told her that was him and she was very tickled. I'm convinced it was, too.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Frozen Demand

Now that it's all the rage, Disney's Frozen merchandising has hit a huge supply shortfall and demand has consequently shot through the roof. A check on Amazon shows little girl Elsa costume dresses selling for a thousand US dollars apiece.

I remark to Sophie, "If it's going to cost so much, you might as well take the little girl to a tailor and have a dress custom made for her and it will fit perfectly and be of vastly superior quality. And it won't even cost a thousand dollars."

Sophie replies, "I know, right? Only problem is, I don't know any tailors."

Friday, April 11, 2014

Not F-A-N?

Our nearly 5-year-old Rachel is now learning to put letters together to form words in school, and is coming along quite nicely. S asked her casually, "So how do you spell 'fan'?"

Rachel goes, "Don't ask me! You must think for yourself!"

Wednesday, April 02, 2014


Poor boy. He is nearly a year old already and I have not yet written about his birth! Suffice to say, epidural rocks! Oh, and he was born on Wednesday 22 May 2013 at about 4 something am. (IIRC)

The day before that, I had taken leave for Rachel's dressing change under general anaesthesia, which was happening about once a week as this was shortly after her major operation to remove the bulk of her plexiform tumour. More about that another time. Well, I had been feeling mild contractions since that morning, that were slowly getting more regular as the day progressed, while I was at KKH with Rachel.

We finally went to the birthing hospital (Thomson Medical Centre) that night at about 11pm. After around an hour or so, I decided to take the plunge to give epidural a try. I asked for Dr Yvonne Lim, who was in NCC with me back in secondary school. She came quite promptly, and very quickly set up the epidural what-not and I was soon lying back in extreme comfort compared to the labours of the previous four kids.

A Dr Benjamin Tham delivered Andrew naturally when the time came, since my doctor Paul Tseng was away. After Andrew's head popped out, I had to push again to get his shoulders through. He weighed 3.46kg, about 300g heavier than expected. For some reason they all turn out larger then estimated. Dr Tham was going to discharge me that same day since I was all fine, no stitches needed, but I stayed two nights anyway, to just chill and get in as much pampering and sleep as I could before we got home and the fun began. And that was that!

Monday, January 06, 2014


Trying to encourage Rachel in Mandarin, I said to her, "Matthew is your ge-ge, Sarah and Sophie are your jie-jie, and Andrew is your di-di."

Sophie immediately corrected me, saying, "Andrew is not a di-di, he is a bao-bao!"

Monday, August 12, 2013

I Don't Want To Go To School!

Some of Rachel's reasons being:

"I don't like Sonika!" Erm...Sonika has left for Spain two weeks ago.

"I might be tired doing my work."

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Rachel's "Beat It"

She sang, "Feed it... feed it..." after hearing it played on the car stereo!

Hong Kong 2012 Dec 10-15

0445 wake up
0530 leave the house
0600 reach airport
0730 take off
1130 land
1330 reach Holiday Inn Express at Causeway Bay in one taxi, lunch at Ho Hung Kee comprising wanton mee, lean pork congee, fried beef dry horfun
1440 get room, crash
1650 walk to St Margaret's Church, sound test, music practice
1800 walk back to hotel
1900 meet Ho Mei at Times Square, walk to Hysan Place for Japanese dinner
2200 return to hotel, crash

0900 wake up, breakfast at hotel cafe
1000 taxi to Ocean Park
1945 taxi to hotel
2030 dinner at Ho Hung Kee
2200 crash

0930 wake up, brunch at Chung's Cuisine at Times Square
1230 walk to St Margaret's Church, wedding
1600 walk back to hotel, crash
1745 taxi to Watermark Restaurant at Pier 7, wedding dinner
2300 taxi to hotel, crash

0830 wake up, breakfast at hotel cafe
0945 MTR to Disneyland
1100 met park ambassadors Fion and Arthur, private audience with Mickey and Minnie
1800 MTR back to hotel, tapau Macs dinner at hotel
2100 crash

0300 wake up, breakfast at hotel cafe
0930 MTR to Disneyland
1630 MTR back to hotel, Rachel naps with Matt in charge, the rest go shopping at Times Square, Sean gets new boots
1900 walk to St Margaret's Church, TF picks us up to his place for dinner with SM, N&A and G
2330 TF sends us back to hotel

0900 wake up, brunch at Super Star Seafood Restaurant at Times Square, browsing Page One
1330 back to hotel pack up, check out
1415 walk about Causeway Bay, supermarket shopping
1615 taxi to airport
1800 dinner at airport
2000 take off
2345 arrive
0015 reach home in one taxi, crash