Monday, June 29, 2009

Reanne likes Pan Mee

We were quite glad that recently Reanne has been exploring more on her food choices. As shown above, she enjoy eating Pan Mee. We also notice that she likes Wan Tan Mee. Not to forget she likes home cooked soups, slice cheese and Jacob high fibre cream crackers. Unfortunately she still don't quite like formula milk.

Right now her steady solid foods are varieties of porridge cooked with fish meat, chicken meat, carrots, pumpkins, potatoes etc.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Grounded but.....

Wow, it has already been 2 weeks since the kids (started with Reanne) were detected with HFM disease. Ever since that day, the kids had to be grounded (you can say house arrested by the parents against their will).
We have no other choice as the HFM is so contagious. We don't want to spread the 'trouble' to any people around us. As adults we also limited our activities with other people besides going to works. We missed the big day to celebrate Pei's mom birthday and Father's day celebration. The kids also missed their Ah Kong and Ah Mah as the result of that 'grounded' policy.
But.......good news is here. Reanne is fully recovered - no more visible rashes and scars at her hands and feets. Ivan's on the other hand, is almost there with his rashes healing up and diminishing scars. Sarah also fast recovering with her rashes drying up. The most contagious period is the 1 week of the HFM development. Even after a month, the virus may continue to be excreted in the stools. We are definitely glab the worst is over. Thank God for His covering upon the little ones.
So be prepared, the gates will be opened up soon. The kids are earger to lash out from their 'cell'.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Malaysia 1st locally transmitted A(H1N1) flu

Malaysia has recorded its first local infection of influenza A(H1N1) involving a 17-year old female Malaysian student. The girl, the 19th person positive for influenza A(H1N1), had not travelled to a country that had the flu.

The girl had shown symptoms of cough and cold beginning at 9pm on June 14 and began developing a fever the next day and on the same day went to the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre and was referred to the Sungai Buloh Hospital at 10am.

This girl reported that she was in contact with the 12th case, a medical student who was confirmed positive for influenza A(H1N1) on June 13. Before this, she was not listed as a contact to case 12.

5 more case of the influenza A(H1N1) had been detected in the last 24 hours, including the local case, making the total 23 cases.

The 20th case was a 23-year old local public university male student who went on a study visit, together with 12 students and lecturers, to Melbourne for seven days. He returned from Melbourne aboard Air Asia X D7 2723 and landed at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) on June 17 at 7.15am.

The 21st case was a 20-year old medical student of a Melbourne university who returned to holiday in Malaysia aboard Malaysia Airlines MH 128 and arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on June 16 at 6am.

The 22nd case was a 54-year old man who had travelled to Manila on business on June 9. He returned by Malaysia Airlines MH 705 and arrived at KLIA on June 12 at 8.25pm.

The 23rd case was a female Malaysian student, 22, who arrived from Melbourne by Air Asia X D7 at the LCCT on June 14 at 7.15am.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that till 8am today the total number of cases of influenza A(H1N1) reported was 36,346 cases with 163 deaths in 76 countries.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Hand, Foot and Mouth disease attack

All the three little ones; Reanne, Ivan and Sarah has been confirmed infected with Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HRMD). It happened so fast.

It all started on Thursday evening when Reanne started to have fever after developing cough and sore throat. The next day her fever when very high to the region of 39C making us very very concern even though medication was taken. Her temperature keeps fluctuating between 39C the whole Friday. We brought her to have a second visit to another clinic by Dr. Lee. This time around the medication works well and brought her temperature down below 39C. She was getting better the next day as her fever subsided further below 38C.

Unfortunately another surprise caught us when my aunt discover Reanne palm and feet developing rashes. She quickly warned us of possible HFMD. Another round of doctor visit we go but since it was late night, we went to a medical centre. The medical officer (no doctor around) said it was a mild HFMD and asked us to monitor further. It was only yesterday, we brought Reanne back to Dr. Lee and he confirmed it. Thank God it was not the hazardous time. Poor Sarah got it on Sunday and so is Ivan.
I assume all three of them have to be guarantine at home for next 2 weeks to a month just in case. Not wanting to spread it to any kids further.
For details reading of HFMD, please read here

WHO declared A(H1N1) is now at pandemic level

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global flu pandemic after holding an emergency meeting. It means the swine flu virus is spreading in at least two regions of the world with rising cases being seen in the UK, Australia, Japan and Chile. WHO chief Dr Margaret Chan said the move did not mean the virus was causing more severe illness or more deaths. The swine flu (H1N1) virus first emerged in Mexico in April and has since spread to 74 countries.

Official reports say there have been nearly 30,000 cases globally and 141 deaths, with figures rising daily. It is the first flu pandemic in 40 years - the last in 1968 killed about one million people. However, the current pandemic seems to be moderate and causing mild illness in most people. Most cases are occurring in young working age adults and a third to a half of complications are presenting in otherwise healthy people.
Read here on WHO press statement

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

El Nino is coming to Malaysia

As reported, Malaysia expected to be hotter and drier days till September as an El Nino phenomenon is forming. While the real extent of the El Nino impact could only be gauged sometime in August, more open burning was expected to contribute to more haze, the Meterological Department said. Malaysia experiences a hot and dry season in the months of June, July and August and temperatures range between 33C to 34C. It is understood that temperatures could soar another 3C during El Nino.

It's going to be hot, hot, hot.

For more detail info, please read here

Reanne 'rabbit' teeth

At 16 months, Reanne teeth is much more visible. Look at the cute 'rabbit' teeth she has. She now has a total visible 6 nos. teeth; 4 nos. on upper and 2 nos. on lower. To be precise, those teeth are primary incisor teeth. Based on the chart above, Reanne teeth is coming out all right. Her Canine teeth (beside Incisor) is starting to be visible also. Soon more teeth to bite.......foods.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Taman Tasik Permaisuri re-visit

We brought along the kids to re-visit Taman Tasik Permaisuri which was once a place where Pei and I used to do brief walking and exercise after work. Our ex-office was located just a stone throw away. That was many years ago......

One of the main attraction was the lake. But we were there for another main attraction...... their extensive children playground were just fantastic. I can say you will not able to find this kind of varities of playground anywhere. And the kids just love it! The slide, swing, see-saw, suspended bridges and lots more.

Anyhow, it was also a family photo session time.

Putrajaya dragon boat festival

We didn't miss out the 1st ever dragon boat festival held at Putrajaya last Saturday.

First, the location was pretty obscure as the official website didn't provide any map. All it mentioned was Putrajaya Lake Garden. Soon I found out that it is held at Precint 6 beside the newly opened Pullman hotel, just nearby PICC (Putrajaya International Convention Centre). Second, even when we are there we have difficult time to find a good and decent signage to guide visitor there. Not really good first impression for an international event.

Anyhow, lets forget the shortfall but the family trip we had. 7 of us were there i.e. Silas, Rachel, little Sarah and my family. Overall we did enjoy ourselves. Suprisingly it is not the dragon boat race but a free horse ride that really trill us (kids and adults la). One thing for sure, the facilities there were good, with one grandstand for visitors, observation tower and boat deck. Under a shinny hot sun, our outing only last 1.5 hours. It's just very hot!

Horse riding for everybody!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Zoo Negara in poor condition

After reading a comment sent to The StarOnline about the poor condition of our Zoo Negara by a recent FRUSTRATED VISITOR, it further confirm my reservation about the once popular tourist spot. I have not been there for years......maybe more than 10 or 15 years! Just few days ago I listed down this place as one of the option for family outing. Looks like it will not be happening with that kind of comment.

There were news to relocate the zoo but until now still just talk. The location itself is not suitable anymore as it is surrounded by residential houses. I believe the place has been long overlooked. It needs a dedicated management to replan its overall improvement starting with a new location. For now my kids gonna wait for awile to find a better local zoo to visit.

This is what the comments given, "The animals looked under-fed, dirty and unhappy, surrounded by untrimmed bushes and uncut grass, incomplete renovation and expansion work, filthy walls and drains and other unsightly scenery".

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Be strong and courages

All the family members - Yeh Yeh, Nai Nai, Su Su and Shen Shen turned out last Sunday to give a full support to little big brother Ivan for his 1st ever music class group performance. Ivan music school was one of the exhibitor for Kids Exhibition at Metro Point Kajang. His group being the youngest was the first to present their dance performance.

As parents we were also very excited about the presentation. We were there early to avoid stress of rushing. Furthermore being there early will provide sufficient time for Ivan to settle down and amble around. Prior to that, mummy already made a cape as required for the dance performance. There were many colourful and style cape seen that day when other parents dressed up their children. Mummy also busy dressing up Ivan as their are getting ready to start the show.

Ivan, being 'shy' somehow reluctant to join in as the children march up the stage. Both us of try to encourage him but he still refuses to. We also notice another little girl also refuse to go up. We were not really disappointed as we know his character. We were hoping for a sudden miracle of courage for him to join in the performance. Well, it was quite an experience for both of us. We believe our little boy will overcome it soon and out grown this 'shyness'.

Komuter extends service to Tg Malim

Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) Komuter has extended its service to Tanjung Malim from June 1.

To promote the new route, KTMB will only charge RM1 for passengers travelling one way from Tanjung Malim to Rawang and other stations in between from June 1 to 7. This has indirectly covered the routes of the Komuter’s northern sector. The previous route, which was called Rawang-Kuala Kubu Baru, has now been changed to Rawang-Tanjung Malim.

So from now on it will be much easier to travel to visit my uncle at Tg Malim.......minus the comfort of driving own car. Bravo to KTM on the upgraded services.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Handmade drum set

As part of the preparation for Ivan's music class graduation presentation set to be held on this coming 20th June, one of the required accessories costume is a drum set.

Last week I managed to complete it after spending few days in the project. It take several stages to transform an ordinary used cookies container to become a drum. By the way, it was my first ever drum set made entirely from scratch given that I has no experience even from my school days. Except that I used to be a drummer long long time ago. It was fun.

How to make a drum set
  1. Spray paint unto the used cookies container with a paint canister. Easily obtained from hardware shop or stationary shop. Recommend 2 coats, each after drying.
  2. Glue various coloured ribbon unto dried surface to create the desire patterns with glue gun. The glue gun was fantastic and very useful but must be quick to apply as it stick and dry very fast.
  3. Fix and glue unto the top and bottom of canister with a layer of foam. I was fortunate to be able to find it at a stationary shop. It produce a good snare drum sound. Again the glue gun came very handy to fix the foam firmly.
  4. Apply and glue another layer of ribbon around the top and bottom of the canister ring as skirting to neatly cover the foam joins.
  5. Finaly beautify the drum with ready made stickers of the desire patterns. And you got yourselves a drum!
Of course, all is not vain as Ivan was very satisfied with the end product. Nevertherless it made a happy father as well. Next is to see him used it during his presentation.

Special Parking Lots

A photo speaks a thousand words don't they.

In our house, there are 3 additional cars.......toy cars. The cars have a dedicated parking lot by making used of the children grandpa's aquarium storage space.

During busy day, all 3 cars will be roaming around the house from kitchen to living area. Pretty hectic scene with traffic all around. The busiest car is non other than Ivan's car. Did I mentioned also that the children like to swap their car among each other. Kids!


Today my family starts a new chapter in our life as Pei re-position herself.

As of now her role will change from a working mom to stay-at-home mom (I don't quite like the term of housewife...... sound so mundane and less impact). Housewife gives me the feeling of the wife is taking care the house.....full stop and nothing else. There are much more that meets the eyes. A very powerful position to be as mother who choose to stay-at-home taking care of the childrens (first and foremost) next the career, business and thereafter the house. Not forgetting the husband also la.

She resigned from her current circular office job and worked her last day until 29th May 2009. She has been looking forward for this day for sometime already. She is definitely excited about it. It is role she feels fulfilling about.....especially when you are a mother.

This changes came as we feels we need to do more for our childrens wellbeing. Ivan is already 3 years plus together with Reanne who is growing fast passing her 1st year toddler age. Both are in a critical growing path. A period where sowing, cultivating and grooming need to be set as strong foundation stage for their future success. Not that we want to make them billionaire but more so becoming a successful person with good values and principles in their life.
Well like what they say, mother know best for their children. Frankly I agreed.
Lord, lead us here onwards. Grand Pei the wisdom, the know how and understanding to take this new role as she re-position herself today. Blessed her with joy and strength for the sacrifice she made and reward her with fulfillments as mother would.