Thursday, February 26, 2009

I Am Thirty Two

Quote of the day: The man who does more than he is paid for will soon be paid for more than he does -Napoleon Hill

Firstly, I have never received so many birthday wishes before as far as I remember. I'm really touched!!

It feels like my life has just begun. Cell culture growth curve-wise, I'm at the beginning of the exponential phase. I feel as if I'm ready for full gear into what my life should be about. I'm building my network, I'm finding new things, I'm learning so much and gaining twice as much. And most of all, I am thankful for everything. And you know what people say about what makes you who you are, it's the people around you. Friends and family. The good ones and the ugly ones. Yeah, give it to me!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Daniel's First Stage Experience

In everyone's lifetime, you'll go on stage at least once.

Children who took part in the traditional costume contest queued, and one by one, they went up on stage to do their rehearsed pose. Girls turn around, do the 'gong xi gong xi' hand gestures while the boys did the 'ultraman' hand moves.

His turn. Slight hesitance in the first few 3 seconds, then walking across the stage to the middle, he did his ultraman pose with gusto. GUSTO! And walked down the stage. This 6 second moment will forever be etched in my heart. I was almost in tears!! My little boy is a STAR!! So I did what all mothers would do. Froze in amazement, glory and pride, THEN take pictures AFTER he's done his moves.

Kindeeland's Main Hall.

I love photos like these. The funny moment, the eye contact, the human connection. It feels so magical, especially through a child.

See that gigantic Pooh Bear behind him? The one I pray NEVER to get. It went to the student whose parents bought the most coupon. Geez, how appropriate.

Friday, February 20, 2009

My New Benz

Being a parent is fun. Because I get to be silly, and not feel silly.

One of those silly days, we make silly toys out of cardboard boxes.. like this spanking new Mercedes Benz Sportscar! Turbo.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Mosquitoes everywhere

Is it just me? Or are we swamped with the lil' pesky yeeeeeyyeeeeeyeyeeeeee MOSQUITOES!! THEY ARE EVERYWHERE FAK THEM ALL.

One night, after a couple of hours into his sleep, he woke up and laid in bed, eyes open, and pondering. I think he has never heard the sounds of mosquitoes yyeeeeyyeeee-ing near his ears before! Even adults get annoyed!

And don't ever fall prey to the little mossie repellant that you plug into your electric powerpoint where it supposed to emit scent that mossies hate. IT DOESN'T WORK! The solution: Wear leather jacket and pants.

Recently I read a book. I RARELY read, so when I DO read something, it's good. I promise. It's called Raising Boys, by Steve Biddulph

Highly recommended for parents with jumping hollering messy monkeys. You will know why they are jumping hollering messy monkeys.

Highly recommended ESPECIALLY FOR FATHERS of jumping hollering messy monkeys. You are the software programme which your young son will download, to learn how to be a man. A happy, well-balanced man. KEYWORDS: TESTOSTERONE.

And to mothers.... basically you are not so important anymore when your boy is six onwards. Of course you are STILL important, being there for him, teaching him about life and love, BUT this is the time when fathers become their main role model, teacher and friend. This is the time fathers should spend as much time with their sons. Boys learn so much even by playing games with their dads.

Then comes the age of fourteen. Mom, Dad, step back a little. Now they need mentors. An older male mentor. Uncles, grandfathers, pastor in your church, male teachers, scout master, a boss, even friends. If you find your boy ain't listening to you, he will most likely listen to another older male who is involved in their life at that time. Someone he looks up to, or feel at ease with. Here comes an important point.

We need more male teachers in our schools. Or at least more male volunteers for school projects. Good male leaders who recognize the needs of young boys to learn about life.

I apologize as I am not able to provide a summary on raising girls. Steve wrote one called Raising Girls. Go get 'em!

SO. I read it, so what. Am I doing a good job? I don't know. I hope so. I try my best. Love love love love love. Is all I have to give.

Photos I meant to post eons ago.

Goofy bedtime moments.

Darren, Eileen's boy, and Daniel.

Watching Ben Ten.

Azrina Nana's wedding at Rumah Limas, Danga Bay. It's gorgeous!

Peace bebeh.