Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Uninterrupted Play

Yelling "go do this" and "go do that" at the kids can become habitual unless one stops to look at what the kids are up to before doing so.

Enjoying a cookie by the window on a lazy afternoon, behind the blinds, away from mommy's prying eyes...I couldn't bring myself to spoil their moment.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Useful Bins

For some reason, the 'recycling men' have stopped their door-to-door pickups and we have to drop our recycling waste in the central collection container a few blocks away. Yet, separating waste has become a habit for us.

The accumulation of the recycling waste has become quite an eyesore, although it is tucked in a corner of my kitchen.

A recent find at IKEA brought such a neat solution that I decided to post a picture of it here. I use the lowest bin as my laundry basket and the top two as my recycle bins. The optional wheels also make it easier for me to clean the floor.

Love it!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Easter Camp

As if we did not have enough of each other, our three families have gathered again for an overnight camp over Good Friday at East Coast Park.

It was a risk choosing to camp during the wet season. Nevertheless, luck was on our side. The day was bright and sunny and I spotted a cloud with silver-lining. As I worked on taking the best shot, the cloud evolved into the side profile of a child with head tilted upwards.

The different shades of blue was even more spectacular when I went through the zoomed-in pictures. You could almost visualize it turning into a piece of watercolour painting...

Lady Moon was shy when I finally settled down after barbecue to take a picture of her.

Lying on my stomach in the tent, I had never felt so close to Mother Earth. It was the ground, solid ground that laid under me, not another layer of concrete or 10 other floors below me - did not matter that it is reclaimed land. I felt disoriented twice in the tent due to the slightly uneven ground, nearly falling on the kids who finally decided to rest around midnight.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Melaka 2010

The most wonderful thing about this Melaka trip was not the hotel view, but the company we were with - 3 families and my mother, who was happy to take a break from her daily routine.

We managed to get a suite with two adjoining rooms which opened up to a common living room where the families could gather. Having someone to chit-chat over morning coffee before everyone else were awake, and having Mom's presence when you wake up - such familiar, forgotten feelings were relived.

For the kids, the common area was like a playground - in any case, for kids this young, anywhere is a playground! The opportunity to dip in the pool for them was better than going down Jonker Street. For the adults, one of the attractions was food. It was no wonder that CH's perception of this holiday was "吃东西, 走, 吃东西, 走”!(Eat and move on, eat and move on).

The kids were unaccustomed to the less developed areas, which the adults perceived were good experience for them. This time round, I noticed the popular use of red lanterns, which were especially prominent at night. I did not take many pictures this round and was pleasantly surprise when I came across this picture taken by my husband. It was my favourite shop.