Mummy I Am Very Sad

so what was it that made him tear so badly
can you spot the culprit on the floor?


it was this itsy bitsy bug!!!

was at my parents’ place celebrating ??’s 55th birthday when we found this beetle. A pretty common type of beetle found in Singapore. I wasn’t aware of my son’s ‘macho’ side until the moment he picked up the beetle with his bare hands and played with it so gently, one would think it was his long lost pet. He urged us to let him keep the beetle. We agreed. It was a quick and hasty decision. We wasn’t sure what we had gotten ourselves into.

The thought of having a pet made Mal so happy and excited. He hugged his ‘bowl’ (we use one of those take away bowl to put the beetle) the moment we got into the car and even gave the beetle a name. He called it ‘Chloe’, the name of a friend he misses in Phoenix.

Reality set in. We realized that we might have to take back our words. He can’t keep the beetle for the simple reason that we do not know what it eats. We told him that he has to let it go. We could see the disappointment and sadness in his eyes the moment we told him that. He pleaded with us to let him keep the beetle. We agreed and spent hours searching the internet for an answer but to no avail. We found out that there are 350,000 species of beetles out there and they feed on different things. We couldn’t even identify the one that we have, much less its taste in food.

The next morning, we told Mal that he needs to let the beetle go so that it can go find its own food. Our last resort was to try to feed the beetle again, also to convince him. We plucked a small leaf and flower, hoping that the beetle will eat. Our agreement with Mal was, if the beetle does not eat, it has to go.

He watched a while and then burst into tears. He turned to me, choking back tears and said
‘I want to let the beetle go because it is not eating’
He wailed even louder
‘Bye bye beetle. Mummy I am very sad!!’
‘Bye bye beetle!’
I couldn’t hold back my tear too, seeing him so sad.

We were largely at fault…giving him promise that we couldn’t keep.

We decided to buy him a fish to keep as pet…and later that afternoon, ?? got him a colourful fighting fish. So Mal now owns his first pet. He calls it Nina this time, sister of Chloe, even though it was a male fish.


Everyday is a Special Day – by Malcolm

A new song he learned in school. For the past 1 week, he has been trying to sing this song to us. Till now, I still cannot catch the exact tune and the full lyrics. But it is darn cute. Daddy is right, think Mal is abit tone deaf, thanks to Daddy’s superior genes. HA!

quite an effective way to teach him the 7 days of the week. Once a while he could get it right, think with a bit more practice, he will soon know his Monday to Sunday very well


Cable Car Ride @ Sentosa

Has been wanting to bring Mal to Sentosa since we came back from the States. The island has special meaning to us cos it was where we had our wedding! We used to pamper ourselves with weekend stay over at Rasa Sentosa and consoled ourselves that it was our ‘overseas’ holiday afterall. Heard that the place has changed alot, with monorail going round the whole island, new Vivo and Harbour Front city, the Integrated Resorts coming up. I was excited to bring Mal for the cable car ride (actually I was quite excited about taking the cable car myself)
So during one of the Sundays, after our brunch at the Nasi Lemak store outside NUS, we decided to cross over to Sentosa. The highlight for the day was the short hike up Mount Faber and the cable car ride to the island.this was at Mount Faber, we parked our car some distance away from the cable car station…the steps may look daunting to us but Mal loves going up and down stairs. With his mallet in one hand and bino around his neck. He was all geared up.
Our house is on the tenth floor and many times, he would rather take the stairs than to take the lift. The first time when I let him try, I was prepared to carry him half way through. My worry was unfounded. He did it all by himself and could even walked and talked at the same time. I was astounded by the stamina he has. Don’t think Daddy and Mummy has such genes.

his National Geographic binoculars bought from Target were put to good use
a closer look at the cable car before we board one
we got a yellow cable I excited!
Construction going on for the much-talk-about IR.
as usual, how can he miss out playing at the beach making sand castles
the trapeze at Siloso beach caught his attention for quite a while. Ask him if he wants to try…he answered with a quick and firm NO!
he was too tired by late afternoon and missed the cable car ride back to mainlandhe was so upset when he woke up and Daddy had to make a trip back to somewhere where he could see the cable cars again for him to say goodbye
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