Monthly Archives: February 2015

Photobook for Z’s party

I was really pleased with the Photobook.

I had made this mini 6″ x 6″ Photobook earlier this year when there was a free Photobook promotion code.

It was very timely as I had just received Z’s party photos. I went on to make one for X’s party 2 days’ later.

I really liked how the scenes captured at the party. I always planned with the end in mind. I envisioned how I wanted the party to look and worked towards creating that effect.

From the look of the photos, I felt our hard work paid off.

Snippets from the Photobook:
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Visible change in X

At the turn of the year, we thought X was a little different. It seemed as though he had matured.

He understood what we said.

He laughed along with our jokes.

He made grunts and sounds as though to respond to our conversation.

He started to “ask” questions. He would drag me to one side and point at something. If I had given an appropriate reply, he would nod and move on, else he would look rather impatient.

He developed a deep, throaty laugh.

He was able to interact with Z.

He became even better at beckoning people.

Well, that had been 2 weeks to turning 2. Cliche but so true, how did all that time fly away when we were having so much fun?

Thread count

Some time ago, Z had requested for smooth bedsheets like ours, nevermind that it would be plain.

When I saw a friend’s child’s bedsheets which were really soft and smooth, I asked where we could get that. A few days later, I checked out the departmental store. There were a few options.

Angry birds design – 400 thread count
Transformer design – 370 thread count
Madagascar design – 400 thread count

Z was inclined towards the Transformer design but I commented that it felt a little stiffer and it had lesser thread counts. Z deliberated for so long that I left it to Mr H to sort it out with him.

When we regrouped, he was holding on to the Madagascar sheets. I asked Mr H,”How did you get him to choose this? I thought he was so firm on getting the Transformer sheets”

“I didn’t do anything. He decided himself because he wanted softer bedsheets and only chose from the 400 thread count options.”

I was impressed that he was more practical than stubborn.

On wasting apples

One day, X was tucking into his cherry Apple when he started playing with it and seemed to be trashing it.

Z suddenly launched into a lecture,”How can you waste the apple? There are many poor children who had no food and would have wanted the apples. You should not be playing with the apple.”

X was dumbstruck and finished up his apple obediently.

Did I mention Z was only 5 at that time?

Turning 8

On this day, we would celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary.

I still had vivid memories of the proposal at Merchant Court Hotel, the wedding day at Shangri-la and through the good and bad days that we shared.

It did not seem too long ago when Mohd Sultan was populated with the likes of Madam Wong, Double O and many more clubs. Likewise, it did not seem too long ago when we used to spend the weekends partying, playing sports and go on road trips. These days, our weekends were made up of family breakfasts, playing with the kids and doing everything possible under the sun as opposed to under the moon.

Marriage was not as happily ever after as fairy tales had been. Movies and cartoons glamorized marriages. They only focus up till the wedding day, leaving the audience much bewildered as to what would follow next.

A wedding day was a celebration of the union, a marriage was a symbol of dedication, commitment and hard work by the couple. We had our fair share of ups and downs. Thankfully by now, we knew how to deal with each other’s quirkiness, uniqueness or some would call it difference. We also shared the same lifelong goals of giving the best, in love and care, to our family.

As our marriage stood today in its 8th anniversary, we were proud parents to 2 lovely boys. We gave them the most precious commodity – our time. Little would we expect to play the leading caregiving roles to these little rascals who took after us in features and characters one way or other. The basis for a happy family was a happy marriage and the basis for a happy marriage would be lifelong companions who cared and loved each other more than themselves.

So here was to many more happy years to us.

Mr H, Happy 8th wedding anniversary and to more good food, travels, health, happiness, H and love!

What is in Jupiter?

“Mummy, can you check what is in Jupiter?”

This request came a few days after I had used my iPhone to search the difference between the Moon & Mercury. Z was particularly interested in the galaxy, stars and planets which I was definitely clueless about. Z wanted more information on Jupiter.

At first, I launched into correcting his grammar that he should be using “on” instead of “in”. He insisted on using “in”. I hesitated and ran a google search. Guess what, he was right.

Due to the composition of Jupiter, it was a giant gas planet as opposed to having real mass.

Thank you, Z & Google, for making me learn more and for educating me about Jupiter.

A animated video

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More than a year ago, X took part in the creation of this campaign. I had thought it was a cool way of creating a special memory for us.

He was at a studio for 2 days and it had been difficult to get him to cry. He was only 11 months’ old at that time. The crew had been impressed of how unafraid he was of the strangers. Guess that was the perk of an Infantcare kid.

It was a fun experience and most importantly, such a cute animation was created. I had to say the agency was really creative to have developed this concept. It was far easier to shoot a baby via photos than trying to direct the baby in a video.