Thursday, 28 April 2011

Shawna goes shopping (plus backposts)

Again, pardon the picture quality - these are pix from my phone, taken a week ago, last Friday 22nd April 2011.
We were in a shopping centre which had some kiddy rides like the one above. Hubbs was carrying Asher, and was talking to a friend he had bumped into. I was talking to Isaac, Natalie and Becca, trying to teach them how to steer the ride, as well as stop the machine, to prevent any collisions.

Suddenly, my helper walked past me, and said "Did you see Shawna?!". Immediately, I started scanning the surroundings, coz clearly, Shawna had disappeared. My sister overheard, and started searching as well.

We were in an open area that led off to quite a number of shops. Thankfully it wasn't very crowded, and I could see quite clearly into all the shops and I didn't see Shawna in them. However, there was that Cold Storage which went quite deep in... somehow, I just thought I should search inside...

And true enough, there she was. At least 10 metres deep into the store, Shawna was walking around the fresh produce section. And she was, just... strolling. She wasn't even crying nor looking for any of us!

SIGHZ! It was quite a scare! - "Shawna!!! Don't go off shopping on your own okay?!?! Must bring Mummy along!!!" :p

Backpost links

Friday, 22 April 2011

Random (plus backpost)

Hahaha I'd always wanted to do that - name a blogpost "Random". Why? That's coz I would have never thought of doing it. But like last year, there was a time, when I discovered some young people (defined as young working adults younger than me - sob sob, once upon a time, I was these people, but now I'm no longer one of the youngest in the workplace! sob sob). I digress. Anyway, one time (a few times), I was reading some young people's blog, and these people (so not just one blog, but many blogs) titled a lot of their blog posts "Random". And it's not just one person (blog) but many people do that! In the end, I noticed that the common denominator, was that these people are all younger than me. Sob. Generation gap. Must be! What other explanation can there be!?!? :p

Oh! I was inspired to name this post "Random" coz the 3 mobile phone pix (uploaded to facebook)below have no connection (sorta). So... very... RANDOM... lor!!! HAHAHHAHA :p kekeke...
8th April 2011. Asher, Isaac and Shawna in the car - in their child seats. I wanted to take this picture, to chronicle the days that we have to have 3 child seats in the car. With 3 child seats, our 8-seater Honda Freed is reduced to being a 6 seater car. Which is just right for us - hubbs and I, the kidzes, and our helper. If we need to ferry someone, out goes one or more child seats. Same, if we need boot space. It's a hassle, yes, but I wanna train the kidzes to sit in their car child seat. They're really much easier to handle when they're all seated. Asher & Shawna, have (thankfully) taken to the child seat much better than Isaac did at that age.

March 2011. Macy & Isaac's puppets that they did in school (childcare). I love taking pix of his art and craft etc :) (Much easier to keep than the actual stuff themselves!) Cute puppets!!! Before Isaac attended childcare, he only answers to "Isaac" and "Wenyuan" his chinese name. But his school teachers seem to make it a point to call him by his full given name now and then, as such, Isaac knows his full name. Which is Isaac Emmanuel Tan and his dialect name. I believe it is the school teachers that "taught" him that Emmanuel is his name as well. Not me, not hubbs. His dialect name as well! Coz we hardly ever call him by his dialect name. I did ask the teachers if they did that intentionally - coz I notice that they do that for all the kids, not just Isaac. And they said yes. Cool! :)
13th April 2011 Isaac was very sick this week, fever and cough etc. Didn't go to school the whole week. And I was in between jobs, so I got to be home with him a bit. We spent quite a lot of time playing games that week. (And playing his choo choo train - his Thomas and Friends train tracks - but that's another picture, and another story...) So, this picture above, is of us playing Ninja Versus Ninja. It's one of his favourites at the moment. He won this game that we played too! (I was close behind, ok. Just 1 point behind!!!) I like this game too. But actually, I think it is not so suited for Isaac's age, as it is cheemer (tougher) than it looks. I think he will enjoy it more when he is older. But then, he enjoys it now already, so *shrug* better still!!! :) Read more about the game here http://www.myfirstgames.sg/ninja-versus-ninja.html

BACKPOST LINK - Friday nights fun! :)

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Trying very hard! (plus backpost)

Yes, me, I'm trying very hard to catch up with my backposting - which till now, is still in August 2010! But I've managed to keep this blog up for 3 years plus (since Isaac was born) and I shall continue to persevere!!!
I'm also thinking if I should concurrently update the new pictures while doing my backposts... still considering, coz the chronologicalness ingrained in me is protesting... But, I don't like to have wordy posts without pix, so here! I have got the pix below off hubbs' facebook - these are pix which he has taken with his phone and had them uploaded on his fb. So, forgive the blurriness eh, but in the meanwhile, they'd do - so that my blog post is not pictureless!!!
Also this is an attempt to capture the pictures that we have taken from our phones. The pictures from the phones are usually a bit blurry, and quality wise - not very good. However, they really capture the spirit of the moment, sometimes. And often, they wind up being our handphone wallpaper etc for a period of time. Something to look back on as well. So, the Tan Family Chronicler (that's me) will want this chronicled as well. Enjoy!

pix taken circa April 2011
Asher & Shawna @ 15 months
Isaac @ 3 years 8 months
The two pix above, was hubbs brave brave attempt at bringing the 3 kids to Jurong Point, all by himself! I was away that morning - was Qing Ming, went with my parents and the Lee Family relatives to sweep tomb... Brave hubbs! :)

Oh!!! Almost forgot my backpost link - Beautiful kids, they are! Good post with lotsa beautiful pix!!! :) Enjoy!!!

Monday, 18 April 2011

Sick, again?!?! (plus backposts)

We're all sick! Again!!! Yes, we were, last week was quite bad, like the entire week, we were all sick. But we're better now...

It first started with Isaac last Saturday night 9th April 2011 - he had fever. Started Saturday night, through Sunday. Monday we brought him to see the pd. Coughing very badly. Fever. Sick through Tuesday, and Wednesday...

Wednesday night, I lost my voice. Think I caught the bug from Isaac and it caused my voice box to bugger up - rendered me voiceless. Through Thursday, Friday and Saturday, you hardly heard anything from me. Sunday was just slightly better. Hubbs was enjoying the silence tremendously.

By Sunday, Isaac was much better, and so was I. Think this was largely coz on Thursday, we went to see my uncle who is a GP, and we were both put on antibiotics. However, by Friday, Asher came down with fever, and Shawna on Sunday... SIGH...

Anywayz, as of today - Monday 18th April 2011 - Isaac is better and went to school today (after skipping a whole week last week), I am better and went to work today (1st day at work!!!), and the twins are better now. Hope we're all on our way to complete recovery! :)

Here are two backposts for you! Pix from 6th August 2010.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Catching up!

yes, trying trying! Trying to catch up on my blog. Just uploaded like more than 50 pix into draft posts for this blog... took a lot of pictures last August coz it was Isaac's birthday month, you see.

As you know, I am now in between jobs. Starting work on 18th April, and people ask me what do I do with all my time now, before I start work. Other than my blog, believe or not, I am still catching up on my farewell lunches! hahaha...

Also, I started arranging gatherings with friends... And need to pop by to see friends who have delivered their babies but I haven't had the time to go visit (Weiping, Cecilia, Weiling... congrats guys!!!) Busy with My First Games, making supply orders, collecting supplies, making deliveries, updating the website with new games...

Oh and having fun! hehehe... hubbs took leave today to spend some time with me! We went ktv - KBox lunch special, and then went swimming after that. Then I went to get my wisdom teeth extracted - minor surgery, now I am 2 teeth less, and have a swollen cheek. Hahahahaha...

hubbs tortured me by buying durian... sob sob... I couldn't eat, in my condition. I guess I could, if I really wanted to. But, nah... I'd be on liquids for the rest of today, thank you very much...

And now have been at the computer for awhile now, catching up on my blogging... new post here! Miss the kidzes? enjoy the pix!

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

My Ascendas Farewell Email

Hey hey hey!!!

Firstly, just wanted to point out that I did a backpost - Isaac in School - pix from August 2010, I just wrote it but posted it to 18 Dec 2010 9.23am. So you can scroll down to see it, or click on that link above.

Secondly... remember I told you I had tendered from my job? My last day was 31 March 2010. And below is my farewell email to all my colleagues! :) I had kinda written it in a rush, so it is not as good as I'd have liked it to be, but unfortunately, it'd have had to do coz I was running out of time to write it. Still am pretty proud of it though. Go read! :)

p.s. I tried my best to keep it short and sweet already!!! No verbal diarrhoea-ing!!!


Hi everyone,

Today is my last day in Ascendas. All 4 years and 9 months of my tenure here. And what a ride it has been! :)

You may have heard of the saying that people are in your life for a reason, a season or for lifetime. I truly believe in that. I am grateful to have got to know each of you sometime in this past 4 years and 9 months.

I have learnt a lot from all of you. Be it finance basics, or property management issues, or legal clauses and concepts, all the way to tips on how to deal with morning sickness, kids throwing tantrums, enrichment classes or baking cakes and cookies and fengshui theories and many many more. You have enriched my life and made me what I am today. My arsenal of lease and asset management skills have been built up here thanks to all the guidance and learning I have gleaned from all of you. I can firmly proclaim that I am a better person today, than when I joined 4 years and 9 months ago, because of you, all of you. And for that, I sincerely thank you.

People ask me if I am sad, or happy to be leaving. I must confess that I look forward to moving on, and pray that my choice of pasture, is greener than the one here. But I am also sad, for Ascendas has come to be a home to me. The people here are beyond nice, and the many friends that I have made here are friends that I wish to keep for a lifetime. Many lifetimes! J

I also thank those of you who have bought me farewell lunches and farewell gifts. I very much appreciate the food and the gifts, but more importantly, I value the time and the company you have given me. I hope this is only a farewell for me in Ascendas, but not that of our friendship. I look forward to keeping in touch with you in the many years to come.

Think of me often. Laugh when you do so. Talk about me, go ahead, gossip, and keep your eye on my facebook page and read my blog often. Bug me to meet up for lunch. I welcome it. Ask me for info or advice – I’d definitely try my best to help you. If I run for election, vote for me :p One last thing I would ask of you, would be, to remember the best of me. Forgive my transgressions and remember me well. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!

Someone asked me “How do the people who leave decide who to get their farewell email?” This friend then proceeded to tell me to please include her as a recipient in my farewell email. I am flattered that she has asked this. So, please let it be known, that it is my intention to include everyone I know in Ascendas, to be a recipient of this email. If I had accidentally left out anyone, please feel free to forward it to them.

4 years and 9 months is not a super long time to be in a company. Nor is it a very short time to be in a company. But 4 years and 9 months is definitely too short a time, to get to know a person well. Many of you know that I am in Lease & Asset Management, and that I have 3 kids (my boy Isaac, and a pair of dragon-phoenix twins Asher & Shawna). Many of you even know about my passion in boardgames.

But did you know that I used to collect dead mosquitoes and lizard skeletons? Or that I have an interest in a form of theatre called Playback Theatre and have once performed in The Esplanade? Or that my childhood ambition was to become a policewoman, then a writer, and subsequently an architect? :) In short, stay in touch, I have enough skeletons to spill for a lifetime!!! :p

Thanks to technology, please find below a plethora of ways to keep in contact…

My email address: emailpamela(a)yahoo.com
My mobile number: xxxxxxxx
My msn messenger: emailpamela(a)hotmail.com
My facebook account: emailpamela(a)yahoo.com
My blog: www.tanfamilychronicles.blogspot.com
My dream: www.myfirstgames.sg

All Ascendians, past and present, will always have a special place in my heart :)

Love, hugs and flying kisses (with saliva spraying all over you)!!!

;)pamela


REASON, SEASON, OR LIFETIME FRIENDS?

People always come into your life for a reason,
a season, or a lifetime.

When you figure out which it is,
you know exactly what to do.

When someone is in your life for a REASON,
it is usually to meet a need
you have expressed outwardly or inwardly.

They have come to assist you through a difficulty,
or to provide you with guidance and support...
to aid you physically, emotionally, or even spiritually.

They may seem like a godsend, and they are.
They are there for the reason you need them to be.

Then, without any wrong doing on your part
or at an inconvenient time,
This person will say or do something
to bring the relationship to an end.

Sometimes they die.
Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up or out and force you to take a stand.

What we must realize is that our need has been met,
our desire fulfilled; their work is done.

The prayer you sent up has been answered and it is now time to move on.

When people come into your life for a SEASON,
it is because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn.

They may bring you an experience of peace
or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it!
It is real!

But, only for a SEASON.

And like Spring turns to Summer and Summer to Fall,
the season eventually ends.

LIFETIME relationships teach you a lifetime of lessons;
Those things you must build upon
in order to have a solid emotional foundation.

Your job is to accept the lesson,
love the person/people anyway,
and put what you have learned
to use in all other relationships
and areas of your life.

It is said that love is blind,
but friendship is clairvoyant.

Thank you for being a part of my life...

Written by: Brian A. "Drew" Chalker

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