30 September 2014

Promises



I am not into politics much.  I don’t generally follow what’s going on very closely.  I keep informed, but I don’t particularly delve deeply into current issues.  The Occupy Central movement is now on its third day and seems to be going strong.  Massive crowds have gathered in key areas to show support for protesters who are asking that the Chinese government keep its promise and grant universal suffrage to Hong Kong.

 

Yes, life as we know it, has been disrupted –a bit.  Classes have been suspended, businesses in the affected areas have come to a halt.  Despite it all, though, this has been a most ‘respectful’ protest –no shop windows broken, no rioting, no damage to property.  The protesters even make sure that they clean up; they respect public signs  and stayed off the grass (see this BBC report).  One could calmly walk through the crowd of protesters and not feel a sense of unease.  I don’t know how long this will go on. I don’t know how long the government will hold out.  I don’t know how long the protesters are prepared to stay the course.  I don’t know how long before life gets back to “normal.”  What I do know is this:  Promises need to be kept.  The Chinese government need to have more faith in the people of Hong Kong that we can choose the right candidate to lead us. Promises need to be kept.  A bit simplistic, yes, but it is as simple as that.

 

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26 September 2014

Little Blogs



I thought it would be a good idea to get the kids started on their own little blogs.  It could be a space for them to write whatever they want and have sort of a “record” of their thoughts and musings.  It would also, hopefully, keep them to a discipline of managing, organizing, and ultimately, publishing their “work.”

Both Josh and Zoë were both fine with the idea, so I went ahead and got them their blogs. Of course, Josh wants his “cool.”  He actually came up with a really great name for his –The Xtremeo Files.  Xtremeo is one of the many cool characters that he has created for his stories and it has become something of a “handle” for Josh. 

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Zoë wants her blog to be “pretty.”  We worked together to come up with Zoë’s –Me, Zoë Self.  When she was little, she used to refer to herself as Zoe-self.

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If you have the chance, do drop by and check them out and leave a comment for them.  They’d be super stoked. (I would, too!)

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24 September 2014

Cousins | Friends for Life



Cousins are ready-made friends for life.  I’d like to think that this is true, especially for those who are not too far apart in years.  Josh and Zoë are lucky enough to have a bunch of cousins to whom they are quite close.  There are six of them.  It helps that between the oldest and youngest in the group is only a difference of 2.5 years. 

We only get to see the cousins once a year on account of our living oceans apart.  That doesn’t seem to matter, though, because every time they get together, it’s like they just met up yesterday.  Now, apart from phone calls, we have Skype, Whatsapp, and emails, so keeping in touch is not a problem.  We all do our best to make sure these cousins grow up as close as they can be, distance notwithstanding. 

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19 September 2014

Hurray for Homework (…not really)



Sometimes a little encouragement is all that’s needed.  Josh does not enjoy doing homework.  Not because he doesn’t know how to do it, but he views homework as an unnecessary interruption to things that he’d rather be doing.  I had always had to nag remind him again and again to to finish his homework.  He would groan and complain.

Last week, he handed in his homework (which was actually done up very well).  His homework earned him “Homework Star of the Week” in his class.  He came home quite proud of that.  He said that he’s going to try to be the awardee each week.  This week, as soon as homework had been assigned, he got down to it immediately, on his own.  I love that he is more conscientious about doing his homework now.  I love it that he doesn’t wait until the very last minute and cram.  Maybe it’s his getting the award, perhaps he’s more mature now, too.  Regardless, I hope this continues on.

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17 September 2014

The Best Big Brother



I always tell Zoë that she is super lucky to have Josh for a brother.  She is.   I mean, he does tease her and all that, –the way big brothers do, –and they occasionally bicker, but that said, Josh and Zoë get along quite well.  Josh is very sweet with her.  He is very patient when helping Zoë out with concepts.  He is good at breaking things down and explaining stuff to her in a way that she easily grasps.  He thinks his little sister is “cute” when he’s not calling her “annoying.”

It always warms my heart whenever I see and hear them playing together.  They would cook up production numbers –silly ones, of course, –and make us watch them perform.  They would compare notes about the cute stuff they did with their Puffles.  They would watch stampylonghead videos together and laugh at silly jokes. 

The other night, I caught them in their room, each with a piece of paper and a pencil, drawing.  Josh was apparently teaching Zoë how to draw superhero characters.  What was really sweet about this was that Zoë is not a superheroes kind of girl, –she prefers to draw girls and flowers and dresses, –yet she sat patiently beside Josh, taking pointers, consulting with Josh on whether to add a moustache or a beard, what kind of a cape the character would need, etc.  I asked Josh afterwards how Zoë did.  He nodded his head approvingly and told me, “She’s actually quite good.”

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16 September 2014

Being Thankful {Day 5 of 5}



This is the last post for my Thankfulness Challenge, but I might just pop up a gratitude post now and then.  It feels so great writing up these posts.  Thinking of what to include in my lists always makes me feel wonderful and ever so grateful for all the blessings, big and small, in my life.

1- I am thankful that the kids have both finished their Mandarin homework.  Whew.

2- I am thankful for an afternoon down at the pool.  Warm sun and cool water –just perfect!   Zoë’s friend came down, too.  It was so relaxing to just soak and watch the kids, while we mommies chatted.

3- I am thankful for the community of mommies in my children’s school who help send out reminders about homework, special events, things to bring, when to book for parent-teacher consultations, etc.  It is so nice to have everyone be so supportive and so willing to lend a helping hand when needed.

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13 September 2014

Being Thankful {Day 4 of 5}



1- I am thankful for the Tangle Teezer.  When you have fine hair that easily gets tangled, this is a godsend.  Now doing Zoë’s hair in the morning is a cinch.  The tangles somehow miraculously get un-tangled.  Just like that.

2- I am thankful for air-conditioning.  I don’t know how I can survive the heat and humidity of summer without it.

3- I am thankful now that I learned (some) Chinese in school.  I didn’t like it that I had to, but I am now glad that not learning it was never an option.

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12 September 2014

1 – Thank heavens for cousins.  This merry band of cousins see each other only once a year, but when they do meet up, it’s like they’ve never been apart.  They would just pick up where they’d left off.  I wish we all live closer to each other, but thank goodness for Skype.

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2- I am thankful for people who are good at what they do and who take pride in their craft.  They are an inspiration to me.

3- I am thankful that it is still summer, because I can still have watermelon every day.

11 September 2014

Being Thankful {Day 2 of 5}



1- I am thankful that while I can’t find the Haagen-Dazs Salted Caramel ice cream in our local supermarket (because it’s only a ‘promotional’ flavor, according to a lady from Haagen-Dazs that I spoke with), there is still the Caramel Biscuit and Cream flavor.  No saltiness, but the same yummy caramel flavor, plus the crunchy bits.  All good.

2- I am thankful for wonderful in-laws.

3- I am thankful that I found a great parking space today.

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10 September 2014

Accepting the ‘thankfulness challenge’ from my friend was a no-brainer.  I have to name three things that I am thankful for each day for five days.  I have so many things that I am very thankful for –big things and little things, profound things and shallow ones, too.

1- Above all else, I am thankful for my family –my husband and our children.  Every day.

2- Books.  I am thankful for books, the beauty of words on pages.  I am thankful that we have children who share our love of reading / books.

3- Laughter. Especially the gales of laughter we hear when Josh and Zoë are being silly together.

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08 September 2014

Sweet Boy



Josh makes a mean cup of hot chocolate and the fluffiest of scrambled eggs.  This was what he had waiting for me at the table when I woke up on my birthday.  (Yeah, we ran out of cocoa powder.)

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03 September 2014

It’s hot.  It’s humid.  But there are trees.  Maybe sometimes a gentle breeze, if we’re lucky.  The leaves cast pretty shadows.  If it’s not so hot and humid, I’d be playing hopscotch amidst the shadows, skipping from one leaf-shadow to the next.

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01 September 2014

Hello, September!



I can start playing Christmas carols around the house now, yay!  That won’t be so odd now that we’re officially in a –ber month.  I always love it when September rolls around.   School is underway.  In September, I turn another year older (gracefully, I’d love to think).  There’s the Mooncake Festival to look forward to.  There is some summer still left, but you know that fall is just around the corner.  I love September.

 

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