Saturday, September 20, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Today, we received a big package from Malaysia. Oooh… I wonder what it could be. Arman and Melur were very excited to get something in the mail, and what more, a big package at that. The package actually contains little gifts for the kids from their Aunties and Nenek from Malaysia. Check it out:
|So the kids got new Baju Raya. You’ll see them in the new clothes from Eid day in 2 weeks. It’s a surprise. Thank you, thank you, thank you, to Nenek, Mak Long, Oteh, Andak and Pak Usu. The kids loved the presents.|
Selamat Hari Raya
Sunday, September 14, 2008
It's finally time to have Melur's birthday party. Melur's birthday was actually 2 weeks ago, but due to the availability of the birthday venue, we weren't able to host Melur's party until today. Our little townhouse is way too small to host any kind of party really. So we opted to have it at the UBC gymnasium.
We arrived at the party late. I know, it's our own party, how can we be late? But we had some cake and zipcar trouble. Note to self: for big events like Melur's birthday, don't skimp out on the zipcar rental, and get it for the whole day (instead of just an hour or two, which is want we started out doing).
When we arrived, all the other guests were already there waiting for us. We quickly got things started. Basically, for the first half of the event, the kids would hang out with a gymnastics instructor, and do some fun gymnastics stuff. Mommy stayed with the kids and took videos, while Daddy had to go run errands, namely, get some pizza for the party. Take a look at videos from the gymnastics portion of the party:
|Our favorite pizza place wasn't open when I arrived (the open at 4:30 pm on Sundays), and so I had to drive down to West Point Grey for some Pizza Hut. When I got back, the gymnastics portion just finished, and it was time to relax with some food and cake. We moved the kids upstairs to where the food was and started the festivities.|
|The kids were really famished (and parched) after an hour of gymnastics. We quickly pulled out the pizza, drinks and other snacks. And true to form, everybody was focused on eating and drinking. Before long, it was time to get the cake out. We got Melur’s cake from Dairy Queen again. Mommy (umm… I mean Melur) really likes ice-cream cake.|
|We were about to dismiss for the day, since our time was pretty much out. But we hadn’t open the presents yet. So we decided to quickly go through the Present Opening portion of the party. Look at all the kinds of presents that Melur got… mostly arts and crafts.|
Here’s a summary video of the festivities. Wish you were there:
Happy Birthday Melur
Saturday, September 13, 2008
|On the way back from swimming today, we noticed a fun fair of sorts outside University Village. It was another Happening on the Hill. The kids had lots of fun there last year, and so we decided to drop by. I didn’t bring my Kodak camera, so had to settle for the camera phone.|
|Arman and I have our swimming classes half an hour before Melur has hers (with Mommy). And so for half an hour, it was just Arman and I at the Jim Everett Park. Melur and Mommy joined us soon after.|
|There were lots of things to do, as with previous years - free popcorn, games and prizes; even the same spin art and inflatable play areas. Check it out:|
|Anyway, this was a nice change to our usual “Go straight home after swimming”. Hope the kids have fun. If you’re here in September, you can look forward to a Happening on the Hill.|
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Mommy and Daddy went to the Metropolis Mall at Metrotown today, to do a little shopping. Since today’s little shopping event was all business (we had a lot to get for Raya, for the kids and for the family in general), we got Kakak Jehan to baby-sit while we were away. And we zoomed away in our little zipcar, which we rented for the day.
|Kakak Jehan is a great baby-sitter. We told her to use the camera with the kids while we were away, and she did with some pictures and a short video. Take a look at the kids having lunch together in our dining room:|
|Anyway, we got back later in the evening, with lots of stuff from our trip. The kids got lots of new clothes, and a new set of bedding for Raya (something more appropriate for the cold winter weather). One item of particular interest is the booster seats we got for the kids. It recently became mandatory in Canada for children aged 9 and below to be buckled with a booster seat when travelling in cars. And so we got a pair from Zellers. Arman was really anxious and excited to try them out, and so we did. What do you think?|
|After putting away all our stuff, we put our booster seats to good use, and made a short trip to Safeway as a family, to get a few supplies.|
Ride Safe in Canada.