Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for August, 2014

Had been waiting anxiously this whole month for Alyssa’s 3rd month check-up to see if she has gained weight since the last check. She certainly felt heavier but as our weighing scale at home went kaput, I had no idea what her current weight was.

Well, the verdict is in. She’s now 5.67kg (put on about 1.2kg) and is just under the 50th percentile in weight. Not ideal weight gain, but passable. She’s tall though, in the 90th percentile.

The doc said that she can start on solids from the 4th month onward as that’s the new recommendation. Previously it was 6 months. I’m still undecided. The doc seemed to imply that the study about the positive effects on reducing allergies in children by starting them early on solids may apply mainly to kids of parents who have allergies. Neither Jon nor I have allergies though. None that we know of anyway.

So will think about it.

8 Aug 2014: Fast outgrowing Je M'appelle

10 Aug 2014: Fast outgrowing Je M’appelle

"Yay! I'm growing!"

“Yay! I’m growing!”

She's been tryiing to sit forward on her own so I had to be careful she didn't tip over!

She’s been tryiing to sit forward on her own so I had to be careful she didn’t tip over!

Read Full Post »

So we’ll be moving house end of this year. The process of doing the renovations has been more challenging this time around because we have to plan meetings around the kids schedules and Alyssa has to be dragged with us wherever I go – tile shops, sanitary ware shops, etc. Thankful, so so thankful, that she’s generally so good.

Still, the entire process would be much more enjoyable without the pressure of having to hurry to pick up the kids. Less rushed, more relaxing. Oh well! We’re glad we have found a good interior designer whom we trust. Nevertheless, I worry that the house will not turn out the way we imagine just because it’s sometimes so hard to translate what’s in your mind into reality given time constraints. We could shop around and look endlessly at materials, but we kind of just want to move things along. No luxury of time now.

Well, hoping and praying for the best!

In the meantime, we brought the boys to see the house before any works were started. And we just brought them again on Sunday to see what the house looks like now that some walls have been hacked. Wow, I really never realised how much sand was needed to do the floor works.

We’ll head back with the kids every now and then to see the progress. Excited, but a little apprehensive. Fingers crossed!

Exploring the house

Exploring the house

So much stuff!

So much stuff!

With one of several piles of sand

With one of several piles of sand

The boys were lamenting that they can't run from their room into Alyssa's room now that this toilet door has been sealed up. I'm thinking, "Yay!" hahaha. Else we'll have so much trouble getting them to go to bed chasing them from one room to another.

The boys were lamenting that they can’t run from their room into Alyssa’s room now that this toilet door has been sealed up. I’m thinking, “Yay!” hahaha. They had been conspiring to  run from one room to another in circles while I chase them to bed. No way.

Looking through a hole in the wall that's going to be sealed up too :)

Looking through a hole in the wall that’s going to be sealed up too :)

Read Full Post »

PhotoGrid_1407805462132

It was very sweet to see Alyssa ‘talking’ to her Daddy and staring into his eyes, completely taken by him. I bet Jon will melt when she says “Daddy’. Ohh, he’s so going to be putty in her little hands.

Read Full Post »

For the last couple of years we’ve been celebrating National Day at the Marina Barrage with the Sngs (and I just realised I never got around to putting up posts on those occasions!!). This is our 3rd year there and the boys were excited to see the airplanes zooming by.

I felt that this year’s lead up to National Day was extremely muted. There was barely any buzz without a theme song (however bad last’s year’s song was, at least there was buzz), and just an overall lack of excitement about our nation’s 49th birthday. I do think they could have toned down on the 50th year thing. Maybe wait until after the 49th birthday. The 49th is just the prelude to the 50th, it seems.

The boys were VERY disappointed with this year’s fly-by. That was the main event for them, the thing they loved most from last year. And it was such a let down. The planes came in a V formation, and left…and never came back. Asher kept asking, “Where are the planes? When are they coming back?” For the last few years the planes did more than one fly-by and the boys have come to expect that.

With the best part gone, the boys barely watched the rest of the parade, preferring instead to play with Josiah and Joanie.

To be fair, I thought there was one segment that was quite meaningful. About how even though some people were in very tough circumstances, they did not let it get the better of them.

It was also quite amusing to see the Red Lions take their jump. Amusing? Yes, because one of the jumpers got stuck in the air for a while! I don’t think it was shown on TV, but the last guy to land was stuck in the clouds and unable to come down for a good long while. At times he got lost in the clouds. Thankfully he made it down, but everyone at the barrage was pointing and speculating that perhaps he had opened his parachute too early.

Anyway, hopefully next year, being the big 5-0, the planes will take part in a bigger way.

Alyssa's first NDP

Alyssa’s first NDP. She has nothing in red, so pink was the next closest thing.

Ellery wanting to be in gree

Ellery wanting to be in green

Family shot!

Family shot!

National picnic for the 3rd year running

National Day picnic for the 3rd year running

Climbing on Jon every year (I need to dig up those pics from the previous 2 years!)

Climbing on Jon every year (I need to dig up those pics from the previous 2 years!)

Upside down!

Upside down!

Sea of people

Sea of people

Daddy & kiddos

Daddy & kiddos

Red Lions drifting down

Red Lions drifting down

Siblings :)

Siblings :)

Beautiful evening

Beautiful evening

Every year the fireworks are blocked by that same building. Wish we could shift MBS a bit to the left.

Every year the fireworks are blocked by that same building. Wish we could shift MBS a bit to the left.

Read Full Post »

Three cheers for The Little Company!

What an amazing production!

From the minute the curtains were opened, the kids and I were enthralled by The Nightingale. I found myself ooh-ing and ahh-ing at the gorgeous set. Once again The Little Company has created a beautiful world for the audience to enter, and for me it was one of the best sets for a children’s production I’ve seen in a while. Nowadays many theatre companies make do with one key prop and use it in multiple ways, leaving scene changes mostly up to your imagination. It can be very clever, depending on how it’s done, but today’s production reminded me that sometimes, there’s nothing quite like having a real change of scenery on stage. Besides the Emperor’s palace, curtains of green foliage transport you to the forest beyond the palace walls where the Nightingale and other animals live. I also liked the use of shadow play, with shadows cast upon hanging laundry, as the Lord Protector went around enquiring about the Nightingale.

Three cheers for the Emperor of China! (Photo taken from SRT’s Facebook page)

The story is based on Hans Christian Anderson’s ‘The Emperor and the Nightingale’. The Emperor of China is so enchanted by the lilting birdsong of the plain looking nightingale that he captures her and keeps her in a gilded cage for his daily entertainment. But soon, the nightingale loses her beautiful voice and he chases her away. She is replaced with a mechanical bird that the Emperor thought would be infallible, but even that bird loses it’s voice. He is so distraught without the companionship and song of the nightingale that his health quickly deteriorates until she comes back to sing for him.

I liked how the plight of the nightingale somewhat paralleled the life of the kitchenmaid. The plain-looking nightingale possessed the most beautiful voice imaginable, more beautiful than birds with more attractive plummage. In a somewhat similar vein, the kitchenmaid who was the “lowest of the low” knew more about life than the Lord Protector who was the “highest of the high”. It doesn’t mean that the lowly, unattractive creatures have nothing to offer. I thought that was a good lesson to point out to the kids.

The story unfolded at just the right pace for the children to follow and was made more interesting with the use of rhymes. The entire script was written as a rhyming poem! I was happy to find that there didn’t seem to be any stilted parts resulting from forcing out a rhyme. I thought it made for seamless flow into the many songs.

Yes, the songs. Actually this production reminded me of Frozen (in a good way) because the characters weave in and out of songs just like that.

And wow, the songs. They were so good! Slick, polished, creative. I wasn’t surprised at all to find out that Ruth Ling had composed them. Having seen a few productions which featured her work, there’s this extra touch of magic. I was especially surprised by the mechanical bird song that was done in a very modern electronic/hiphop way (you know, where the voices sound all, er…electronic…you know, you know? Pardon my lack of proper musical terminology :) ). I loved how fresh it was. And it wasn’t out of place either because it fit in perfectly with the portrayal of the electronic/mechanical bird.

Nightingale, Emperor & the kitchen maid (Photo taken from SRT’s Facebook page)

The musical is sprinkled with humour (Ellery found it very funny how the Lord Protector didn’t know his animals sounds), but it’s also quite moving. You feel sad for the bird when she loses her song, and happy for the Emperor when he discovers the joy of freedom and true friendship. And the Nightingale’s song itself is very moving. When I asked Asher what he liked he mentioned the Nightingale’s song and said it had made him almost want to cry!

The Nightingale is a top notch children’s performance that’s a visual treat with a great cast and great songs. Definitely a must watch!

It’s on until 14 Sep 2014 at the DBS Arts Centre. It is also showing in Mandarin from 18 Sep to 11 Oct. Tickets are available at SISTIC.

 

———————————————————-

We were given complimentary tickets for the show. All opinions are my own.

Read Full Post »

« Newer Posts