Archive for November, 2006

The Fatherhood Club

Posted: November 30, 2006 in Aba Time

FINALLY, one of Aba’s peer friends (old classmates) is going to be a Father! The Fatherhood Club will have one more member (current roster: 1  -> Aba). 🙂 

Delivery expected around Chinese New Year. Then Aba can talk shop about children! Mwahaha!!

Window Shop

Posted: November 26, 2006 in Family Time

Went to Ikea to window shop. We got some ideas for the new house, and the kids got a lot of balloons. 

Ikea is not cheap!

KFC Carnival

Posted: November 25, 2006 in Family Time

Took May & the Twins to the KFC Carnival at Mid Valley today. May played the kiddie games there, scoring virtually ZERO in almost all – but they gave her the prizes* anyway! Hooray! 

*all Superman toys  😦

Chapter 1: Adventure.. Page 3

Posted: November 24, 2006 in Good Reads

Chapter 1: Page 1, Page 2

Five men rushed the dwarf, rusty swords raised. The dwarf remained motionless until the last moment. Then he swung his mighty hammer.

It was like swatting flies. With a single cleft, he dropped all five assailants. They fell to ground, screaming bloody murder.

At this display of martial prowess, the bandit chief demonstrated why he was the leader. He sped to his horse so fast that Wykka wondered whether he had once been the assistant in a disappearing act. His men scrambled away only slighty slower. Within two minutes, they were all gone.

The dwarf did not give chase. Instead, he came over to Wykka. Without a word, he began to untie the youth.

‘Thank you, sir,’ Wykka said.

The dwarf grunted some kind of acknowledgement.

When he was free, Wykka asked, ‘Pardon me, good sir. Why didn’t you go after the bandits? Those men ought to be brought to justice for what they did to my sisters. Who knows what atrocities they’ll ccmmit in the future?’

The dawrf replied with candour, ‘Why waste effort in a hopeless pursuit? They could scatter in six directions, plus they have longer legs. There’s only one of me, and in heavy armour, at that.’

The youth nodded in understanding, not wanting to downplay the dwarf’s help in any way. ‘My name is Wykka Lotus, a simple farmer. Even so, you have my deepest gratitude.’

‘max Maulmaster,’ the dwarf introduced gruffly.

‘I’m afraid I don’t know how to repay your kindness, Sir Maulmaster,’ Wykka said , ‘They’ve taken every valuable I owned.’ 

‘Just Max will do,’ the dwarf insisted, ‘No form of repayment is necessary. But, I wouldn’t mind a mug of ale, to wet my belly…’

Wykka looked miserable, ‘I’m sorry, uhh, Max. But you know, ale costs three coppers a jar. It’s a luxury I’ve never allowed myself, except on holy days. All I have are two loaves of bread, which my sisters had been hogging. They probably won’t be needing them now. Please accept the gift. I think I can manage with just roots for the next couple of days.’

Max raised an eyebrow. ‘No ale? Eating roots? Looks like you need more help than my parched throat, eh?’

‘It’s going to be hard for the next few weeks,’ admitted Wykka. ‘At least until the turnips are large enough to sell at the market. I’ll have to find some way to extend the loans, though. Otherwise they’ll foreclose on the farm.’

The dwarf looked throughtfully at the glum youth. ‘I’ve got a proposition for you,’ he finally said.

Wykka looked up.

‘I’m meeting an old friend in town,’ Max said, ‘We’re doing an escort job for Old Shanty, the gem merchant. Three weeks, it’ll be nice to have someone do to chores. Wouldn’t hurt to have another sword arm, should robbers show up.’

‘Robbers?’

                                                  to be continued

集体哺乳

Posted: November 23, 2006 in Ama Time

美国妇女埃米莉.吉列特10月因在乘坐飞机时哺乳孩子而被赶下飞机.这一遭遇引发感同身受的众多母亲的同情.美国30多个机场在21日分别遭遇集体哺乳抗议”. 

美国每座机场的候机大厅内都聚集了数十名母亲, 集体哺乳孩子,以示对吉列特支持.她们手持写有最好的飞机餐”,“人奶是最好的健康食品之类的标语牌示威,并当众给孩子哺乳. 

美国达美航空公司日前将一名在飞机上哺乳的女乘客请下飞机.这名妈妈吉列特搭机飞往纽约时在座位上哺乳,空服员要求她用毯子遮住,但她拒绝,认为哺乳没必要遮遮掩掩,于是就被请下飞机. 

此举引起众多美国妈妈的不满,周二在Boston, Miami等十多个城市的机场同步进行连署抗议,要求社会大众正视母亲哺乳权. 参与抗议的妈妈们怀抱可爱的婴儿,有的在机场航空公司柜台前公开哺乳,为自己和小宝贝的权益站出来表达意见. 

31岁的切尔西.克拉克周二在佰灵顿机场喂她9个星期大的儿子时说:“这是为了抗议我们把乳房色情化的文化.不管在何时何地喂母乳都应该受到支持.婴儿不知道 等一等是什么意思.” 

这起事件也再度引起美国社会对妈妈在公开场合哺乳权的关切,目前美国37个州立法保护妈妈在公众场合哺乳是合法,但仍有13个州未有明文保障妇女的哺乳权.

 (载至南洋商报)

Cat Search

Posted: November 23, 2006 in The Kids

Some evenings, the 3 little fellas go looking for cats in the neighborhood. They follow the animal around and enjoy themselves tremendously (NO, the DON’T torture it!) They are curious and giggle a lot. Such are the small joys of childhood!!

Grown ups hardly have such simple pleasure – it makes watching them a delightful yet somehow sad experience, because we have lost that capacity for simple pleasures.

Runny Nose

Posted: November 23, 2006 in The Kids

It started with May, now all 3 little fellas are having runny noses!!