It is the end of the year... time for New Year's resolutions and also for our family, a chance to continue the tradition we started since we arrived in Vancouver two years ago... to have a get together with our Malaysian friends.
|Today we invited the families to our Turkey dinner instead of our usual undergrad crowd. We had En Aliman's family (from the Consulate General of Malaysia office), Fong Yen and hubby (she's doing her Master in UBC under UKM scholarship and coincidentally is in the same department as one of Mommy's auntie, Cik Ton... what a small world eh?), and, of course, Hayani and family... Since the number of people was small (plus no hungry teenage boys as usual), our menu was rather modest - one herb-roasted turkey, baked eggplant, potato-egg salad, grilled asparagus, and chocolate chip pound cake.|
Ready for Guests
|En Aliman and wife, Kak Ros, have 3 daughters - Amirah, Haifa, and Fatihah. Amirah is one year older than Melur, Haifa is born in January 2004 (slightly less than 2 months younger than Arman), and Fatihah is still a baby... Mommy and Papa were hoping that Melur and Arman would be practising their Malay language with Amirah and Haifa... But unfortunately, it was English all the way for the four kids. They seemed to be having so much fun playing together... and running around the house... upstairs and downstairs... upstairs and downstairs...|
|It was also very funny since we used to make fun of Arman and Haifa playing together... But when En Aliman and family left, Arman said he doesn't want to play with Haifa anymore since she's still in pre-school while he is already in kindergarten...Basically, he is now too old for Haifa... right Arman...|
|All in all, I think we all had a great time... Hope to do this again at the end of 2009!|
** For more pictures, check out this Facebook Album.
Note from Mommy: Most of the recipes are available online at http://www.recipezaar.com. The pound cake is originally called "Nana's chocolate chip brandy pound cake" but Mommy substituted the brandy with orange extract... the result is amazing!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
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Sunday, December 21, 2008
Well, technically, today IS the first day of winter, but obviously not the first day of snow. We had our first taste of snow this season a week ago. And it's snowing again... How cool is that? What a way to spend our Sunday.
|The kids couldn't wait to go out and play. We made them wear their ski pants. Arman started playing with some other boys on the block. Mommy took some videos which you will see a little later. Melur on the other hand followed me around Acadia Park to check out the fresh snow. Here are some pictures and a video:|
Melur and I found a sled, and I pulled Melur around in it. You see her here playing with some icicles I found dangling from our roof. We also found some interesting forts (made from snow), featuring the Canucks - Vancouver's own NFL Hockey team.
Happy Snow Day everyone!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
It's Saturday, and it's been a week since we saw our first snow fall in Vancouver this year. We started out the morning with Arman vacuuming the living room. He kinda likes vacuuming, more so than his sister. Here you see him wearing his home-made kings crown, which he learned to make in Kinderclub.
Mommy and Daddy decided earlier this week, that we would supplement our kids' education with Kumon. Kumon is quite popular in Malaysia, and apparently so too in Vancouver. There are several locations in Vancouver where Kumon is taught, but we opted for the one near Broadway and Ash. It's a bit far, but worth it for the kids.
|We arrived on time, about 30 minutes before closing time. In that time, both Melur and Arman took an assessment test. Melur took a really long time, but it turns out, she didn't read through the instructions (or at least nobody told her what to do), and she ended up doing a lot of extra work. I think it was pretty good of Melur, but I guess there was still some disconnect.|
By the time we meet with the instructor to talk about Melur and Arman's assessment, the center was closed, and everyone had left. It was just us and the instructor to discuss things. Here you see Melur and Arman fooling around in the center while Mommy talks to the instructor.
We were there a pretty long time discussing Melur and Arman. The both of them are apparently pretty good at Math. Melur got all her answers right. And due to our tight budget, we decided to enroll both Melur and Arman in the Reading portion of Kumon. We'll sign them up for Math later, when we have a little more cash. In the meantime, we'll continue to supplement their math at home (you go Mommy!). I couldn't believe we were there for over 2 hours. We headed home right after...
Okay, so we stopped by Blenz on the way home – Mommy's favorite place. And THEN we headed home. Hopefully, the Kumon will do them good. We wish only the best for Melur and Arman.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
We woke up this morning to this…
|What do you say to that? When people ask me about Vancouver weather in the winter, I always say it’s mostly rainy, with maybe 2-3 days of snow for the entire season with barely any accumulation (maybe 1-2 inches). And really, that’s what I’ve heard, and it hasn’t been that far off. But today’s first day of snow really threw people off. And it’s not officially the winter yet.|
|We were planning to let the kids use their scooters to the ice rink today, but not with this snow. Instead, I got the kids to put on their snow clothing (water-proof snow pants in particular) and enjoy their first day of snow this winter. They were pretty excited to head out.|
|As you can see from the video, they didn’t spend very much time outside. Arman has better winter clothing than Melur, so Melur was in first. I think she needs better shoes, and maybe better gloves that are waterproof. What she has now is okay for cold weather, but definitely not suitable for snow fights and making snowmen.|
|Before heading out to the UBC Ice Skating Rink (which we’ve never been to before. We usually go to the Kitsilano Ice Rink), we had some baked breaded fish fillets for lunch. Not all that great, but does the job. We walked to ice rink through the thick snow. The ice rink is just behind the bus stop we’d usually take to Oakridge Mall.|
When we arrived, we quickly rented our gear, and made our way to the rink. There are actually several rinks, 3 in total I think. We saw one was being used for hockey practice. Oh, admission and rentals for the 4 of us was CAD $20. Not sure if that’s cheap or pricey. It’s been so long since we last skated, I think it’s been over a year, maybe 2. But this rink is so much closer, and it doesn’t require a bus ride.
|This facility also provides better training equipment than Kitsilano. We were expecting little orange cones for Arman, but instead he got to use a metal frame thingy he can use to support his weight while on the ice. He was extremely excited to be able to skate for the first time. I remember his last attempt to skate at Kitsilano wasn’t so rewarding.|
|I tried to get Mommy to skate with us, but she gave up. I guess it’s just not her thing. She’ll come along for more trips to the rink, but will most likely just watch from the sidelines. Melur as you might have guessed is already quite the expert on the ice. Sorry, I wasn’t able to take many pictures or videos. Arman likes to play with the camera while I’m not around, and by the time I started taking pictures and videos here at the rink, the battery was running out.|
|Well, this was our day at the rink, and also the first day of snow this December in 2008. After the ice-skating, we made our way one block east to the zip car to do some grocery shopping. Hopefully, we’ll be able to go ice-skating again soon.|
Saturday, December 13, 2008
It’s Saturday, and we have an Aidil Adha reception to attend, hosted by the Consulate General of Malaysia at Vancouver. Daddy had an IELTS exam to take this morning, so I’ll have to meet Mommy and gang at the reception after my test is over.
My exam finished at around 1:45 pm (it started at 8:30 am). I hurried down from SFU Harbour Centre to the Ukrainian Hall (where we had the MABC Deeparaya festivities). The reception is from 12 pm to 2 pm. I know, the event will be over by the time I get there, but I should be able to say hi to the hosts, and show that I didn’t completely forget their event.
|Mommy and the kids arrived late too. It’s always hard to move the kids in the morning. They were so late that Mommy decided to take a cab there (which was really, really expensive, to us anyway – not recommended unless you have the cash). They arrived just before I did.|
|When I arrived, Mommy was already mingling with a few guests. Some kids from some of the families were still there. And the kids immediately started playing with them. They ran around the stage like they normally do, kind of like at the CG Eid Reception.|
|Anyway, we didn’t stay long, since people were already leaving. It was a short stay, and we headed home. When we got home, the kids had a chance to try out their new scooter. And Arman tried his new remote control car he got from Nenek for his birthday.|
|Tomorrow, we’re planning to go ice-skating before taking a short trip via Zip Car to the halal store for some supplies|