Saturday, June 28, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
|Okay, so today’s entry is more about Daddy than Melur or Arman. Daddy left early in the morning (before the kids woke up) to run the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon at Stanley Park. Daddy finished in about 2 and a half hours. Daddy is so sore. But everyone got a medal for finishing, a memento of the occasion. And so we enjoyed the spoils of my “victory”.|
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
|After a nice BBQ yesterday, it’s time for a nice picnic by the beach. But before that, enjoy some footage of the kids this morning taken by Mommy.|
Early Morning Dance
|We decided to take the zipcar out again this afternoon, just because the beach isn’t that easily accessibly by public transport. There’s a fair amount of walking to get to the beach, even after taking the bus. We took the zipcar out for 2 hours, enough time to enjoy the beach.|
|Daddy played some sports with the other guys. We also played some Frisbee. Mommy and the kids enjoyed the beach. It was a pretty nice end to the weekend. I wonder what adventures await Melur and Arman this summer. Care to join in the fun?|
At the Beach
Saturday, June 14, 2008
We have the zipcar today until 5pm. And so we decided to get a new BBQ grill. Summer is here, and what better time to get a grill and enjoy yummy BBQ chicken outside. We made our way to Zellers near Oakridge Mall to make a selection.
|This was our first BBQ grill. And to be frank, I’ve never handled a gas grill. I’m use to charcoal. But in the time I’ve spent in Vancouver, I’ve noticed that charcoal grills aren’t that popular. Maybe it’s an environment thing, or a clean up thing. But since people used gas grills, I guess that’s what we’d have to get.|
I asked the sales person at Zellers for a crash course in gas grills, and before long, we made our purchase. The whole thing barely fit into our little zipcar, but we made accommodations. And before we could get home, we had to fill up our BBQ grill gas tank (which comes empty when purchased). We were told that any old gas station would do the job. But that wasn’t the case.
The first gas station we went to only take trade-ins, which is apparent the case at most gas stations. We were advised not to trade in our brand new gas container, since the safety of the one we purchased is guaranteed. You never really know how old or how structurally sound the used gas containers are. The closest gas station that filled up empty containers is a few miles south towards the airport. That wasn’t the end of it.
|When we got there, they couldn’t fill up the container. Since we had a brand new container that has never been filled with gas before, it had to be purged first. And so we had to drive down a few more blocks to get it purged and then filled. But anyway, we had the car, and we really wanted the BBQ. No big deal…|
When we got home, it took me about 45 minutes to assemble the thing. It’s a fairly large grill. I went through the instructions slowly to make sure everything was put together properly. Once everything was put together, we got ready for our first BBQ… which is TODAY! Hahahahaa… We couldn’t wait.
Actually, the Malaysian students at UBC where going to invite us for BBQ by the beach tomorrow. But when we told them we were getting a BBQ grill today, we pushed the BBQ to today as well. We’ll have a picnic by the beach tomorrow instead. Mommy prepared the meat, and the BBQ was ready to go.
New BBQ Grill
|The Malaysian students arrived a bit late, but there was plenty of food to go around. And with a gas grill, you can start and stop the BBQ anytime you want. As you can see, we barbequed into the night. It was fun. I wonder when our next BBQ will be. I doubt it’ll be very long from now.|
Summer is here!
Friday, June 13, 2008
It’s finally here! After weeks of practice, the kids’ choir will finally be performing their 2 patriotic songs in front of a Malaysian audience at the Agong’s Birthday Celebration hosted by the Consulate General of Malaysia in Vancouver.
|The show is suppose to start at 6 pm, with a short rehearsal with the kids at around 5:30 pm. We donned our traditional Malaysian outfits, and drove our zipcar to the Terasen Building, which is where the Consulate General’s office is located. The performance is being held on the ground floor, in one of the ballrooms.|
|We parked in the basement, and made our way to the ballroom. It was a pretty big ballroom; with a small make shift stage in the middle. We weren’t the only ones performing tonight. We had other traditional dance and silat performances as well. I was happy to contribute what I could to this festive event. And I knew no matter what happens, the kids can do no wrong and will be utterly adorable.|
|We managed to squeeze in a little practice time before the guests arrived. But the kids were hungry and quite distracted really. We had to sneak in the back room for some food. I have to say, the food is awesome. Can’t wait for the dinner to start. Check out the following short video of the cast:|
Kids' Choir Cast
|Once the guests arrived, we started the ceremony with speeches and presentations from the various contributors. Before long, it was our turn to perform. And so, here it is!|
Kids' Choir Performance
|I was really proud of the kids’ performance today. Everyone said they did a good job. But really! How can such a cute group of kids do anything wrong. After our little stint, it was finally time for the dinner. Mmmm…. Malaysian Food!!!|
Once the kids weren’t full anymore, they went about playing with the other kids. And Mommy and Daddy took the opportunity to catch up with the other Malaysian, and make some new Malaysian friends in Vancouver. There are apparently quite a few of us.
|We stayed pretty late. We didn’t mind since we had a car. We had a really good time meeting other Malaysians, and eating Malaysian food. Now that the kids’ choir has performed its “duty”, there’ll be no more weekend gatherings with the kids. L I guess I’ll have to find other avenues to get the kids involved in music.|
Good Job, Kids Choir.
It’s Friday, and it’s Clean-Up Day at Acadia Pre-School. I decided to take the day off, not only because it’s clean-up day, but also because the Agong's Birthday celebration is tonight, and we need time to prepare.
|The weather was really nice this Friday morning. Many parents were here to help clean up the school grounds. The school ground isn’t very large, but with everyone’s help we could get the cleaning done quickly. Arman and Daddy helped clean the outside, scooping up dirt (that was swept into a pile by other parents), and putting it back into the playground area with a shovel.|
|Despite all the clean-up work, Arman still found time to play with his friends. I chanced to meet one of his good friends, Hogan. Hogan is only a month younger than Arman, but because Hogan is born in 2004 (not 2003 like Arman), he won’t be joining Arman at Kinderclub come the fall. Aww… But Hogan will still be around Acadia Park.|
|Mommy joined us soon after. And a BBQ lunch was served. We had the usual vegetarian fair. After lunch, I had to dart to Friday prayers, and Mommy and Arman headed home. One more big event to prepare for tonight!|