Sunday, April 23, 2017

Kids Time: DIY Home Acitivity

DIY color sorting game with El Nino D. That sharpen his color skills.

He said, "Pikachu is red and yellow" when I thought...A yellow and pink cartoon was Pikachu :)

Friday, April 21, 2017

This Chicken Rice's Story

"Let's go somewhere else to have lunch"
Miza and I planned to have after-brainstorming-on-research-methods-lunch last Sunday.

We wanted to get a real taste on new place to have the late lunch.

The criteria are:

  • near to the library (So we could carpool and have fun chitchatting in the car)
  • convenient stall (Fast preparation for the food because we were really hungry)

We went to a place, then she suggested to have Chicken Rice!
She is one of the best food buddies who loves travel, explores to new place and a very logical person.

Finally we reached the destination. It is a nice and comfortable stall. There were lots of people who went there for the Chicken Rice.

What I like about the food is that the chicken rice's sauce was very unique. The recipe was the chicken rice's sauce. You would feel the sweetness within the sauce.

Then, this logic Miza started to share the story behind this Chicken Rice.
(It is hard for her to express her feeling on this, as she herself admitted that she hardly did it.) It means she really has strong impression on this stall.

"This shop was started by their grandmothers last time.
I came to the shop since I was 3 years ago.
Few years later, they moved to a new place. Because their food is really unique equipped with the power of words, people got to know the new place.
I don't know since when, they move to this original location again"

We also saw lots of packed Chicken Rice at the counter.

Miza then explained,
"Most of the time, so many people queue up. To increase the customer satisfaction on not waiting too long, they pack the food in advance."

Saturday, April 15, 2017

2 April Babies:More than 40 years of Friendship

Did you ever imagine that you travel to your childhood life using the time machine?

When you finally reach that childhood life, you recall the things you did with your friends:
  • Went to the same school
  • Visited each other's house after school because that was the fun activity
  • The friends' parents knew you so well and gave you nickname

That was their (My mum and Aunt Corinna) story. 

They were schoolmates from primary school to secondary school. Aunt Corinna visited my mum's late mum after school and always talked with her. My late grandmother even gave her nickname which my grandaunt still use that nickname when talking about Aunt nowadays (That's right, everybody knows everybody :)).

These 2 ladies chose their own destiny after graduated high school. They started to immerse themselves in new environment and surrounding. They still kept in touch from time to time.

Both of them have 2 things in common:
1. Born in April (same year)
2. Mrs Lums (Aunt Corinna's husband is my dad's younger brother)

Mum and Aunt Corinna knew each other for more than 40 years, they're now sister-in-law to each other, celebrate their birthdays together (with more awesome years to come!)

Happy April Birthday!

The two ladies: Mum and Aunt Corinna
The husband-and-wife version

Saturday, April 8, 2017

A Day for the Late Grandparents

This is the big day for the family to gather, prepare and offer food, tea, joss paper and wine to the ancestors. It's good to visit the late grandparents' grave on Qing Ming.

We hardly arrive on time for most of the family occasions. Today, we were very punctual and reached the destination before 9a.m. We even plan to arrive by 8a.m next year.
(How did we manage to be so proactive? There is only 1 reason: We wanted to spend the moment with the late grandparents before "getting closer and closer to the Sun")

My brother, JoshBoy felt a little disappointed this year because he was waiting for the monkeys but they did not appear. Usually, the monkeys were run out from the trees and took the food away from the grave once we finished praying.

Cheng Beng (Qing Ming) teaches us to be more grateful. Although the loved ones are no longer with us, we still remember their sacrifice.

The late grandpa left this world for more than 3 decades, he was merely 50 something when he died. I did not see him before, nor any of his grandchildren. Daddy said he was a very kind, hardworking and no temper person. Sickness and stroke took him away. We know, he is watching over us now.

The late grandma left us 14 years ago. She got to see all of her grandchildren (except her great grandson). She saw this world for 70 years. I always remember her as a very detailed person. She always put on her serious face but she adored all her grandchildren equally.

I remember when I was 7 years old. tried to write something on a piece of paper, on a colorful tablecloth, she came in to the room and said,
"It's hard for you to see the items on the paper clearly as your vision is distracted by the colorful tablecloth. Then she moved my paper to a white tablecloth and I have no difficulty anymore"

Guess what, I passed this practice to El Nino D. He was playing with the coins, tried to count the number of coins on the colorful bed-sheet. I said,
"Let's move all your coins and count them on the white floor."
Just like me, he was resisted at first but then he realized the practice worked!

Being grateful is important. Today, we will be grateful to spend the day with the family.

From Kid's Keyboard to Piano

I always feel connected to piano since I was 5 years old.

My late grandmother would bought a kid's keyboard for me.
I placed it on my small chair, sat on the floor, started to allow the fingers to dance gracefully on the black and white keys.

Did I have a piano score for reference? 
Yes I did. I couldn't read any music note back then, so I bought the music books filled with figures. Example, 1,2,3 means C,D,E (Do->Re->Mi).

When my family decided to move back to the homework when I was 11 years old, that was the time I became closer to piano.

Here's the story:
I met a new friend in the class. Never did we imagine that her mum and my dad were neighbors when they were teenagers. Her mum was curious of my surname- LUM so my friend asked me about my dad. Her mum's curiosity was uncovered.

Then, both of us decided to take up piano class.

I may not be an expert. I know, piano is my friend since then.
I like to play any music that I love.
Ever since I was in university, I would listen to songs to motivate me in moving forward.

Here, I love playing The Script's song because it acts as the motivator to me.

Do you have any favorite songs in our mind that acts as your motivator?