Regular programming will return

Naomi and I have been more than a little under the weather, and it’s been tough even updating blogs and tweets regularly.

Nothing seems to be happening except for us trying to pick ourselves off the floor and meeting our various obligations, many of which involve Kai of course. He’s got a busier social life than we do.

But cute lah, he. Every morning, he makes me laugh out loud with something new he’s learned. Like wriggling out of his high chair and squatting on his tray table while my back is turned.

We have a stunt man in the house.

Kai turning on the charm at an audition

Junk mail with a cause

SJI Junk Mail

I hate junk mail, and not the electronic kind. I get tons of paper jammed into our mailbox downstairs, and it really really irks me to see that companies keep thinking it’s the best way to get word out about their products and services.

Well it’s not, and you’re not getting my business, pizza hut, canadian241 and KFC and various other real estate agents!

So it was with some glee that I found in our letterbox yesterday a junk mail from St Joseph’s Institution’s Green Club.

I was going to be all cynical and blog about how ungreen their Green Club could be – putting dead tree junk mail into people’s mailboxes and hoping the recipients won’t just chuck it without reading it.

But seeing as I was going to blog about it, I read it, and found that, okay, it was for a good cause – SJI’s Green Club is collecting used and unused spectacles for people who are too poor to get glasses themselves. It’s called the Gift of Sight Project.

So, you’re forgiven, SJI Green Club!

For more information, or if you have eyeglasses you want to give away – email Mr Tan Too Yong tooyong@sji.edu.sg or Ms Gina Tan ginatan@sji.edu.sg

Schools rugby back on the front page

So it seems the Great Padang Riot of 1984 has been matched by an incident of thuggery at the schools’ rugby final.

According to the ST report, a Saint Andrew’s School player punched an ACS (I) player after the final whistle had gone, sparking a melĂ©e at the Police Academy (wah, daring ah?) field that involved several dozen schoolboys and teachers.

Thugs, these SAS boys! What on earth were they thinking? But the ACS boys probably provoked their opponents with a bit of smart mouthed sledging. Things like, “Hey, look at the scoreboard. Oh wow, you lost. Geez. Sorry”.

Cos it was like that when I played, and we had players from opposing teams call up their versions of the dreaded Sar Lak Kau, who’d be waiting for us at the bus-stop after the game, to beat us up, only to be sledged again before the cops arrived.

But anyhow, congratulations, boys, for putting school rugby back on the front page! Don’t matter if ACS or SAS won. School sports was the winner on the day!

A year and a week

Not good toys when you're trying to have a quiet day

It’s been a rough week since Kai’s birthday – with both Naomi and I under the weather with bouts of food poisoning, flu, and in Naomi’s case, a crook back that is a bit worrying, especially considering she’s had her spine surgerised before.

And of course, a one-year old never lets up.

Kai isn’t quite walking yet, but he’s learned to: pick his nose; climb the side of the playpen; point at objects (mostly food) he wants; drink (more like gulp) from a cup; drink cow’s milk; eat ramen; eat la mian; make a new noise-word every day (like Rararararara – even though he hasn’t heard any Lady Gaga); and more importantly, hug his Papa tightly every morning once he’s been picked up from his cot.

Kai turns one

And so, our son turned one on Sunday, accompanied by the aunties and uncles who love him and have showered him with so much affection this past year.

Naomi fixed up most of the decorations for the little tea-party, as well as most of the desserts, while we’re thankful we have a chef among our friends that whipped up the hot food. We’re exhausted but happy, and so is Kai.

Bring on toddlerhood and the terrible twos!

One of the few things we bought instead of making - the Happy Birthday garland

I printed the flags. Naomi made the Rice Krispy Treats, found the templates for the flags, got a friend to design another, emailed them to me, and then glued them to toothpicks

The Birthday-Easter Goody Bag consisted of cupcakes, other sugary treats and a set of home-made (i.e. Naomi-made) coasters

The cupcakes - green because it's Kai's favourite color, and teal because it goes well on him.

We didn't make these. Cadbury did.

Irregular shaped means they're home-made

These were harder to cut out than expected

Naomi made these pretty pinwheels a few weeks ago for the kids to bring home.

My sole contribution - the salad

Hats off to Chef Ray Tan for the very good hot food selection of bangers and mash and quesadillas

Marshmallows dipped in chocolate

The Birthday Wish Board

The Photo-Garland wall consists of pictures of Kai from Day 1

The tissue pom poms were made in time thanks to friends who volunteered - and who ended up making pom poms till 6am on the day of the party

Pretty buntings made thanks to the timely loan of a sewing machine and some nice fabric from Chinatown

Best birthday ever, even if Kai won't remember it