Monthly Archives: December 2006

Age of Innocence

A few nights ago, I was watching television when an MTV video came on . I can’t recall who the singer was but she was dressed in very little. I was about to switch channels when Athos looked up from the book he was reading and said, “Mommy turn off the TV.”

So I did. “Why?” I asked.

His reply? “Because that girl is wearing only her booby clothes.”

Bless his little heart….


Waxing Lyrical About My Christmas Books

I just had to rave about two of the best Christmas presents I received this year. Both are books.

The first is Framed!: A Baby Blues Treasury a collection of Baby Blues comic strips. I love Baby Blues because Jerry Scott and Rick Kirkman get the issues, impact and insanity of parenting spot-on, and do a brilliant job of making them funny. Virtually every strip has me at least nodding in agreement, if not smiling or laughing out loud.

The second is Maya Angelou’s Hallelujah! The Welcome Table: A Lifetime of Memories with Recipes. Oh that all cookbooks were written this way! It’s a hybrid between a regular recipe book and a collection of Maya Angelou’s life stories. Each tale is told in a folksy earthy style, features food as a central character, and is accompanied by the respective recipes. Her descriptions had me wishing I was a guest at the table, and inspired me enough to cook dinner!

NYDC – Great Dessert, Pity About the Smell

Grandpa took the kids for the afternoon so Pilgrim Dad and I had a date!

After a homecooked dinner of pasta (inspired by Maya Angelou’s absolutely wonderful book), we went to NYDC at Holland Village for dessert. Pilgrim Dad and I are big fans of the cheesecake there – Ally’s New York Cheesecake for him, anything with chocolate for me. It’s also a young place, both in terms of staff and clientele. Helps us temporarily forget that we are 30something parents of three.

I gotta say though, that the ambience left a great deal to be desired. The airconditioning was way too cold (a common problem in Singapore buildings, particularly on rainy days), and the ventilation was so bad that there was a perceptible fog when we stepped in, and we smelt like overworked kitchenhands when we stepped out!

Viscosity For Kids

Inspired by a Science Centre exhibit which showed the way bubbles travelled through columns filled with different substances (water, oil and silicone), we tried our own viscosity experiment at home. We got ready some water, oil, condensed milk and honey, and the kids took turns to scoop up a spoonful and predict how quickly the stuff would pour out. Because all the liquids are familiar to them, they got the answers quite quickly, and now viscosity is simply a phenomenon they had known all along, but that now has a name!

Flour Power – License to Mess

Another wet day so the boys got permission to make a mess at home. Athos and Porthos each got:

  • A plastic basin. An essential part of any play collection!
  • A plastic spoon for stirring.
  • A syringe. See this post for more on syringes.
  • A cup of water.
  • A generous scoop of flour. The cheapest brands are Orchid or Prima, both are under $1.50 a kg at NTUC Fairprice. Keeping a bag of plain flour at home comes in handy on rainy days or Mommy-I’m-so-bored afternoons.
  • Food colouring (optional). About a dollar a colour at NTUC Fairprice.

The syringe is a lot of fun to squirt with, and importantly, prolongs playtime by limiting the amount of water they put in at a go. It’s also a good opportunity to learn about mixing colours, the concept of dissolving (“where did the flour go?”), and viscosity (“what happens if I add more water?”).

Here’s Athos working on his dough, and adding in purple colouring.

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Here Porthos makes patterns with his dough (which is really more like creamy soup), and adds green colouring.

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A Mother’s Reflections At Christmas

As far as motherhood goes, this past week was rough. I’m sure there were good, even transcendent, moments, but the ones that really stand out are: Continue reading

Learning About Colours

A few days ago, the kids had a practical lesson in mixing colours. Here’s what we used:

  • Plastic egg cartons. These worked very well – not breakable, and 10 wells which is more than a regular paint palette
  • Food colouring. I have quite a few colours but just the primary colours (blue, yellow and red) will suffice. They cost under a dollar each at NTUC Fairprice.
  • Syringes. Nothing like the freedom to squirt to get the kids excited! Ours are saved from visits to the doctor, when the kids are prescribed medicine.

I filled up a few wells with water, added a touch of colouring to each one, and let the kids loose….