5 Stones

Remember 5 stones? those pyramid shape clothed stones filled with beans? Mal received his first set of 5 stones the other day. ?? had hand sewed a few sets for him. One set to leave at ??’s house, one set to bring home and another set to let Mal give away. Mal was clueless how to play the game and we seem to be the ones having fun playing instead.
Simple and inexpensive, these 5 stones serve their purpose well as toys during our childhood years, cos till today, the rules of the game are still etched in our mind.

this is how Mal play his 5 stones… balance them all on his arm!
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Am Stram Gram

Daddy and Mummy have been practising French at home. Mal has overheard us and surprised me the other day when he blurted ‘ca va bien’ with a big grin on his face! These were his first few french words. Now his french vocab include ‘Bonjour’ and ‘comment ca va?’, not alot but I am quite sure his french will surpass us in no time.
Here’s a french nursery rhyme he has learned from Daddy and it goes like this …

Am stram gram
Pic et pic et
col├ęgram
Bourre et bourre et ratatam
Am stram gram


the lyrics really doesn’t make any sense, so don’t bother translating

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Baking Time!

a fish cookie for his pet fish, Nina

It is rainy season here in Singapore. Dark clouds looms the sky and it drizzles almost everyday. Our little christmas tree sits in the corner of the living room. Every evening, with the lights turned on, it has the magical power to transform the house into a cozy little nest despite the gloomy weather. The rainy season creates an ambience similar to a cold winter night. We have rain instead of snow! The gaily decorated and brightly lighted christmas tree warms up the house like a fireplace. It reminds me of our christmas in the States. We had our 1st white chrsitmas 2 years back in Aspen high up in the Colorado Mountain range. Last year christmas, it was snowing when we were driving up to Flagstaff.

I love the coziness and warmth brought about by the holiday season, the rain and the cool weather. It puts me in a sharing mood.

We rummaged through the stacks of unpacked boxes in the study room. Dug out piles of baking utensils and recipe books. It is baking time again!

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