Hey It’s December Already

And this post was meant for last week

My writing inspiration has been dwindling these days and it doesn’t help when the husband had been working especially long hours and it’s the school holiday and everyone in the family had been taking turns to fall sick

It started with my elder boy who came down with a fever and had to miss the last few days of school

Then the bug got me for a week before passing on to my husband and then finally my 3 year old

He had a fever for a few days, lost all appetite and some weight and is still nursing a running nose and cough

He was whiny and clingy which made everyone miserable

Being cooped up at home is the surest way to make any healthy person sick and the sick more sick

So as soon as the fever subsided and when everyone was feeling a little bit better, we fled the coop and headed off to the nearest park

We met a 4 month old goldern retriever pup that looks exactly like the one in their favourite Christmas movie

The kids couldn’t get enough of him and the owner was kind enough to let them play with him

They fed him, scratched him and let him chew on their hands …. eeeewwww !

They cycled, I ran, we chased and then gathered some fallen leaves for this

which really gotten me inspired and set me into the mood

So we came home and my 8 year old built Santa’s north pole 

complete with a cottage, christmas trees, reindeers, a sleigh and a couple of fighter jets

It was a pity that the little one was more interested in wrecking Santa’s home with his jets and missiles

I hastily folded 24 pockets using some old craft paper

and we made our first advent calendar stuffed with sweet treats and activities

a great tool for teaching the little one his 1, 2, 3

Looks like we are all set for the countdown



Marcus at 3

My little one turned 3 a couple of weeks ago

He is so totally different from his elder brother that sometime it makes me wonder how could that be so

He is the sociable and adventurous one who loves making new friends and has a natural flair for it

I had stood and watched in wonderment how this little guy does it so smoothly and effortlessly

He would walk up to total strangers (kids), make eye contact, fiddle with his toys or kick a ball, or do whatever he can to get their attention

Usually he would succeed and very soon he would be playing with them like good old friends

I am still amazed at how he figured this out at this age when both my husband and I ain’t the social butterfly sort

He adores his elder brother and had figured out that the best way to get his brother’s attention is to interrupt and irritate him

Once a while they would play nice like this which makes me very pleased


Other times, the naughty chair would be called on to work its spell


He loves his cars and plays with them everyday and was absolutely thrilled when he got a parking garage on his birthday


He has an obsession for anything round and can spin and the letter O was the first alphabet he could read and recognize

For a 3 year old, he can dribble the ball very well and is an expert at balancing himself on moving wheels.

He looks more pro than anyone of us with his well accessorized bike and a backpack stuffed with all his favourite things

He chooses his food but when it comes to food he loves, he attacks them with ferocious bite. He loves anything chocolate


Apart from using the spoon, he is pretty good with his chopsticks

Since he was little, he insisted on using chopsticks to eat his food like everyone else at the dining table

He loves his books though he can’t read them yet

He is a chatty little fellow who remembers his Please and Thank You

He talks a lot and is at the stage of asking endless WHYs

He picked up his fluent Singlish from us and Dr JiaJia, who is without a doubt his idol

I remember how his elder brother went goo gaga meeting Mickey and Minnie at Disneyland when he was this age

Marcus was the same when he bumped into Dr JiaJia

He was totally in awe and speechless

All he could do was admire his idol from the corner of his eye and shyly pose for a picture

Everyday after his elder brother goes to school in the afternoon, we get to spend some time together, just the 2 of us

Sometimes he cooks me lunch


Other times he gets to help out when I cook


When I am not too busy, we would build a plane from step 1


or make a new ramp for his racing cars


During times when my hands are full, he would keep himself busy with gor gor’s toys

Last week, we were at his new school for enrollment

He held on to his teacher’s hand, followed her into the hall, sanitized his own hands along the way, while I watched on from the door

He was so brave and eager, looking all grown up

Here’s him, in his new school uniform.

He insisted on wearing it and refused to take it down after we came home that day

I am really excited for him as it would be the first time he spends time away from me

I can’t wait for him to come back with his stories at school and tell me all the new things he learns

My little guy is growing up fast and it makes me happy, nervous and proud to see him this excited about taking his next big leap at growing up




Prelude To December Rain

It has been raining

the monsoon season seems to have arrived earlier this year

I love the cool and wet weather

December rain, I called it or perhaps November for now, or a prelude

which really is the closest we could get to winter in this part of the world



The drizzle, the glitter, the pitter patter

It’s my favourite time of the year

A time for giving and merrymaking

Sip a hot choc and cuddle up on a cold drizzling night


But this year, a cloud of gloom lurks

Death and illness marred the usual mood

Smearing darkness on gaiety


How strange

this same weather, this same time

that elicits such joy, warmth and hope

could be this grim, cold and bleak


Then a birth story

like a replay of what I once have had

after 42 hours and 2

He is here to say hi to the world


Made me an aunt

And someone a big brother

Spreading joy and laughter

And hopefully, ending this dreary prelude to December Rain


Meet my 3 day old nephew, Baby … cos he hasn’t got a name yet



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