July 30, 2011

Yiu Yiu’s kindy sports day

Last Saturday was Yiu Yiu’s kindy sports day. We were told to be at the kindy by 7.30am, and we did, only to find out that registration starts from 7.30 – 8.00am. So we were techinically 30 minutes early! The good thing about being early though, was that I got to park right out the main gate, and could select the best seat to view the proceedings.

As we waited for the event to start, the sun was playing peekaboo and at some points, it got quite dark and we were worried that it would pour any time. But luckily, the weather held so we had nice weather throughout the event.

The event started promptly with the children marching in, starting with the 6-year old children, and Yiu Yiu’s class happened to be the first class to march in.

The opening ceremony then promptly started with the singing of Negaraku, followed by two short speeches by Pastor Daniel and the principal.

This was followed by a special presentation of the song This is The Day by the 6-year olds.

The theme this year was Underwater World so all the races had names such as Bobbing Seahorse, Finding Nemo, and Raising the Titanic. Yiu Yiu’s class participated in the race Finding Nemo, the third race of the day, and her team came out third.

Caught this cute little boy completing his race in tears, as he was the last person in the race.

There were also games for parents, and the sports day ended with the prize giving ceremony.

Waiting for her turn to receive the medal

July 26, 2011

Double celebration

Two days after celebrating Yan Yan’s birthday, we celebrated hubby’s birthday and our 7th wedding anniversary. We had planned only for a simple dinner with just the four of us, as hubby was away, and would only reach home late evening on that day.

I’ve read many reviews on this Midwestern porky restaurant, so we gave it a try. The restaurant is typically packed and they do not accept reservations for Friday, Saturday and Sunday dinner but since we were there close to 9pm, we didn’t have any problem getting a table. The small family run restaurant is decorated with lots of Midwestern and porky photos, pictures and paraphernalia, and has a warm and cosy ambience.

Hubby ordered grilled soft ribs, I had pork chops with Country gravy and we ordered bacon tomato spaghetti for the girls. The dishes tasted quite good, though the pork chop didn’t look appetizing at all when it arrived, with the brown gravy covering most of the plate.

Halfway through my pork chops, I noticed a long strand of hair in the gravy :-( We promptly informed the owner who was apologetic and offered to replace another dish for us. But since there are still leftover from the girls’ spaghetti, we declined. The owner then came with their signature apple crumble dessert, topped with two scoops of vanilla ice-cream, on the house. I’m not a fan of cooked fruits, but their version of apple crumble was so delicious that I finished almost half of it by myself, since hubby is not a dessert person. The apple slices were cooked just right and not too sweet, and the corn flakes provided some extra crunch.

Our biggest surprise came when we called for our bill – the owner didn’t charge us for the pork chop, on top of the complimentary dessert! That’s excellent customer service if you ask me. This will definitely not be our last visit there, as I’d like to try their other signature dishes.

July 23, 2011

Turning TWO

This little missy turned two yesterday…

…and she promptly celebrated it by ruining her birthday cake.

Perhaps she was protesting the fact that I bought a yummylicious plain looking cake, instead of a fancily decorated one :-) Anyway, this is how the cake is supposed to look like:

Picture from here.

I had invited my extended family members for dinner for the birthday celebration and spent the whole morning trawling the Net for a nice restaurant. I chose this, but was disappointingly informed that they were not open for dinner, just an hour before dinner – my fault really, for not calling them up earlier.

Hubby suggested we go crabbing instead, since mum mentioned recently it's been a long time since she had crabs, and so we ended up at Pangkor Village Seafood Restaurant @ Taman Megah.

Though the cake was bashed, I still thought that we’d gather home after dinner, sing her a birthday song and let her cut the cake. Alas, she fell asleep in the car on the way home!

What a way to celebrate her big day!

July 10, 2011

Hong Kong

I was in Hong Kong few weeks ago for work, and missed her just by a day or two. Otherwise, I would have kepohed and visited her new pad there.

Anyway, this was a really rushed and packed trip, and I hardly stepped out from the hotel, save for social obligations with my customers, despite staying right in the middle of Tsim Sha Tsui.

View of the harbour from my room

Had dinner on the first night at Café Deco at The Peak. The weather was fantastic that night, so I managed to capture some decent night shots.

Grilled cheese and mushroom quesadilla, tempura soft shell crab and mango roll and Peking duck naan for starters; and strawberry cocktail for dessert

Choice of angus striploin steak, grilled fillet of superior salmon or grilled Western Australian king prawns as mains

We caught the Symphony of Lights show at the Avenue of Stars on the second night, but dinner (and the next night’s dinner) was disappointingly very forgettable!

On the last day, since we had some time to kill before our late afternoon flight, we went to Aberdeen and rode on the sampan poking our noses around the home of hundreds of people living on fishing junks around the harbor. It’s unbelievable to find such traditional lifestyle still exists amidst the modern high-rise community.

Next stop was the Stanley Market for some shopping.

My loot from Stanley Market for the girls

Back at Kowloon, we even managed to visit a local market (one of the guest in the entourage wanted to buy some Hong Kong kailan home!) before heading for our dimsun lunch, and finally the airport for our flight home.

July 03, 2011

Random updates

June had been a really hectic month at work and I had forgotten about these photos taken at several events throughout the month. So here’s a quick round-up of happenings in June:

I was in Penang for work during the first weekend of June, and Yiu Yiu participated in a colouring competition organized by her art class. This time, her papa bought her a new set of 24-colour pencil, to ensure she’s not let down again by the poor quality colour pencils that she uses to doodle at home. Though she didn’t win anything, she didn’t take it too badly compared to last year. Perhaps it’s because she won a prize for the lucky draw.

Busy colouring with her new set of colour pencils

Receiving her lucky draw prize

We celebrated mum’s birthday with a vegetarian dinner at Kechara Oasis @ Jaya One. The restaurant has a nice ambience and food was quite decent.

Mum with her five grand children

Birthday cards from Yiu Yiu to popo

I was away again the last week of June and Yiu Yiu's music class organized a Talent Time showcase. This is the second time in a row I missed out! It’s actually just a very simple event held at the recital hall of the music class building, but still, I can’t believe I missed BOTH the art competition AND the Talent Time TWO YEARS in a row!