The weather is getting warmer and this morning i woke up around 5.30 am to go to the bathroom and after that i left the room door open coz it was abit warm. After that i went back to sleep. Around 7.30 am Ryan got up and he climbed down from the bed (he sleeps with me) and went outside the room, after awhile he came back and came near me and say "saap saap" (wet wet in cantonese) and i can barely open my eyes..and the first thing i saw was he was holding a diaper and asking me to change for him..
Aweeeeeeeeeeeee at that time even how sleepy i was...i was like melted and got up and change for him.. he is soo sweet now.. :)
Ryan got up early on that day..dunno why...he woke up around 6.30 am..that is the time kit was getting ready for work. Ryan got soo upset and wanna follow Kit to work.. crying and got cranky.. we told him that daddy has to go to work and will come back later to play with u..okie..
he was still crying n wanted Kit to carry him.
Then all of a sudden he said "fai fai fun" (faster come back home) ... boyyy..i felt soo touch ..and happy feeling in my heart ... he got soo attached to his daddy :)
Friday, April 21, 2006
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Boyyyyyyy it's been awhile since i took that 2 subjects : Business and Company law.. not my favourite subjects but i had to do it to collect my credit points in order to graduate.
I remember having hard time to study and understand the law terms but certain parts really fun to study..such as contract sections.
Why am i suddenly talking abt these 2 subjects? Well, Kit has enrolled himself for an exam of Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologist certificate and this exam is next May 13th.
the first 2 parts of this certificate involve Business and Company Law. Oh boyy, our dear friend here hasn't start any of it yet..
Very smart of him, never want to waste anymore time..asking me to summarize the law part for him so that he just read my notes insteas of the whole book.
It is tough to study part time while working full time and having family as well. Ryan is constantly glued to Kit whenever Kit is home from work. Sometimes i really pitty Kit coz he never gets the rest at all. Least i get 1-2 hours rest when Ryan is taking his afternoon nap.
Ryan is more a daddy's boy than a mommy's boy...lucky me for that..hehehehe
Gotta go study now.. is hard to study now when u stop studying for so long ....need some boost juice for my brain...tea? coffee? aiks...cannot la..rosak my diet...drink water la.. :)
Posted by Gene Lim at 4:25 PM
Sigh... today i received 2 calls from Kit saying that he has to send his car for repair. First call happenened at 11 am, telling me that this morning his car making lotsa noise..he was afraid that he couldn't make it back home after work..so he decided to send the car for repair at nearby Canadian Tire ( a shop specialize in auto repair and selling home hardware stuff).
He told me that his car got some problems with the bearing at both side... (this happened because last year he sent his car for a fixed (same problem) at a local individual repair shop. Not well equiped with the right tools but cost less. So instead of saving a few hundreds last year, we ended up paying more now. Kit told me at 11 am, the repair cost abt 900 bucks.
When i heard it, i was like we could use that money to buy another second hand car, maybe a toyota or honda..but we have no choice coz we needed the car badly.
Then, another call came in around 2 plus...telling me that the shop called him and told him they found another bigger problem..the bearing hub ( i am not sure is the correct spelling..and i am not really know what is he talking abt coz i dunno abt cars) well the hub has pretty much damaged due to last time the repair man didn't fix the bearing correctly..
so in order to change 2 hubs.. it will cost all together 1800 bucks
i was like going to faint when i heard it..
u see we are not soo rich, surviving with single income..is pretty hard when things like that happen to u.
anyway, $1800 is way alot..but worth it... coz kit has to drive long distance everyday to work..i rather pay it first than sorrie later if anything happens to him..
I just hope that we dun have any emergency kinda thing like this happen.....for at least this year...hehehehe
coz we are streching the line way too much now...almost reaching to the thin line here eh..
Posted by Gene Lim at 4:14 PM
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
okie..this is what Ryan has typed .. well, at first i thought i wanna update my blog..but before i can start anything...he already got up from his nap..
I thought..what the hey.... let him type something.. :)
Posted by Gene Lim at 5:37 PM
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
This is my first time baking bun. I have surfed around for the dough recipe and i got it. Kit has bought me a bread machine and i have been baking own bread lately. Today i thought i'll try the curry bun.
For the curry filling, i have followed my dad's curry recipe. Well, instead of chicken i have used pork coz i have ran out of chicken breast.
2 cups of thinly sliced chicken/pork/beef
3 diced cube potatoes
4 cloves of garlic
4 small red onion
2 shallots 1 small piece of ginger
4 tablespoon of meat curry powder( i used malaysia Allagapas brand)
2 teaspoon of chili powder
Step 1: Peel all the garlic, onion, and ginger and blend them into a paste form.
Step2: Season the meat with some salt, sugar and pepper. if u r using chicken, add some chicken stock powder.
Step3: Mix the curry powder and chilli powder into the onion,garlic and ginger paste to make red in colour. If u r in malaysia, u dun have to blend the ginger,onion and garlic ingredients coz u can buy it at the wet market with the "chili boh" in it.
Step 4: Heat the pot with 4 tablespoon oil and start saute the curry paste till fragrant
Step 5: Stir fry the diced potatoes in another pan..while waiting for the curry paste to get fragrant
Step6: After the curry paste get some fragrant, pour in 1 cup of milk/coconut milk (i prefer milk-more healthy)..hehe
Step 7: Stir in the seasoned meat and cook it for 5 mins
Step 8: Pour in the half cooked potatoes into the curry and cook in a slow heat for 10 mins
Step 9: Add some salt and pepper to taste.
Step10: Stir constantly till the curry gravy got dry.
Bread Recipe Dough
2 tablespoon sugar
2 1/2 teaspoon instant yeast
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups all purpose flour(if u r in Canada, u can use Canadian all purpose flour, if u r in US/other country u use bread flour)
1 tablespoon olive oil/vegetable oil/shortening
1 large egg
1 cup + 2 tablespoon warm water
1 egg,ligtly beaten with 3 tablespoon water
Bread machine method: Place all the dough ingredients into the pan of ur bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer (usually, liquids first, yeast last). Program the machine for dough or manual, & press Start. Check the dough about 10 mins before the end of the final kneading cycle and adjust its consistency as neccessary by adding additional water of flour to form a soft, smooth ball. Allow the machine to complete its cycle, then allow the dough to remain in the machine till it's tripled in bulk, perhaps for another hour.
Manual/mixer method: In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine all the dough ingredients, and mix until the dough starts to leave the sides of the bowl. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased or floured surface, and knead it for 6 to 8 minutes, or until it's smooth and shiny. Or knead it in a mixer using the dough hook.
Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl or rising bucket,turn to coat, cover the container with plastic wrap, and let the dough rise till it's trippled in bulk. (approximate 2-3 hours)
Shaping: Turn the dough out onto a lightly greased or lightly floured work surface, and divide it into 8 pieces, each abt 3 ounces (85g), a bit smaller than a tennis ball. Cover the dough pieces, and let them rest while u prepare the filling of ur choice.
Cover the unsed dough pieces with a damp cloth or plastic wrap as u work. Working with one piece at a time, use ur fingers to flaten it into a 4-inch round whose edges are slightly thinner than the center. Place a heaping tablespoon of the filling in the center of the dough, pull the edges into the center to enclose the filling, pinch to seal, then give the pinched edged a twist, to seal even more securely. Place the buns sealed-side-down on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough pieces and filling,placing buns abt 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. Cover the buns with proof cover or lightly greased plastic wrap. After 45 mins, brush them with the topping, and re-cover. After 1 hour(15 mins later), brush them agian with the topping.
Baking: Bake the buns in a preheated 350F ove for 30 mins or until they are golden brown.
*The dough recipe is taken from www.kingarthurflour.com
Courtesy of Mrs Chiu*
* you can put any filling u want i.e. red bean, curry chicken, egg and ham..etc*
**** I have tasted one of the bun...it taste not too bad...for a first timer..although the bread texture is a little bit dry..maybe i can improve it next time.. :)
I hope kit will like it..maybe Ryan too..yup..he is learning how to eat chili now.. have to..malaysian background maa :)*****
Posted by Gene Lim at 5:40 PM
Monday, April 17, 2006
Ryan loves to take pictures and he loves to post for u whenever he sees u hold a camera. He learned the word "siew siew" means smile smile in cantonese. So last friday while Kit was surfing the net, he saw the digital camera..and he said "siew siew" non-stop.
What to do.. have to take pictures lor... here are some pics taken last friday and Sunday at the Waterfront trail. :)
Posted by Gene Lim at 3:25 PM
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Last night i was not feeling very good..not that i was sick though..but emotionally i was a little bit down... don't wish to go in detail overhere..
anyway..got up quite early this morning..around 6 am...(usually i wake up at 8) .couldn't sleep at all... got bad headache..and felt very moody and down. I thought i can wash up and go for a walk alone b4 Kit goes to work around 6.40am.
At least a small walk around the block...get some fresh air...maybe can wash away the mushy and mashy feeling..
While i was brushing my teeth..Ryan got up and tagging along whereever i go...sigh..rosak plan pulak...
so we went downstairs..heat some milk for him to drink...change his diaper...and i look at the clock it was 6.20 am..and quite bright outside. SO i thought hey..why not i stroll Ryan round the block..it will be the same...
I know ..i know..is dangerous..very early and quite..but i like it quite..so i took the chance..
Well we did enjoy ourselves...i did some workout... and i took him to a playground..very nearby the house...he managed to have some fun there...
but we didn't stay long though..coz it was a littly breezy and chilly!
We got home around 7.30 am... i wash his hands and face again..n gave him his bottle of milk and we watch sesame street show together. :)
It was fun and i decided to give my best friend a call. She is my highschoolmate and best friend..
The conversation went so well...i actually miss her alot...and it really feels good when u get to catch up with ur old pal :)
she really made my day!
After talking to her.. Ryan and myself went out to the backyard for another fun thing. I clean up my garden and get prepared for spring and summer plants..and Ryan was getting busy with the dirt and jumping on the puddle!
yup..another busy and dirty day for RYan....
more work for me to do lor...more washing :) but i never complain...i dun mind the washing..as long as he had fun! :)
My day so far ..went pretty well..eventhough is just 2 plus pm rite now.. I am happy :)
Posted by Gene Lim at 3:21 PM
Friday, April 07, 2006
Well ryan has already turn 2 years old and his vocabulary has increased a little bit. When he was 1 year plus he can only speaks "nen nen" (milk in chinese), "arrr tttuuuu" (RYan's version of love u),"tat tat" (doing big business or pee pee), hellooooooo, bye bye..
yup that's about it... doctor said some children develop pretty slow on speech..therefore.. i have to talk more to Ryan everyday.. like as if i am talking to an adult...
Well, my effort pay off ..hehehe..rite now he can say lotsa words other than the words above..
Now he can say :
ooorr seee ar (doing big business arr in cantonese)
orrr niuu (pee pee in cantonese)
yai yai (notty in cantonese)
ngan ngan (eye in cantonse)
pei pei (nose in cantonse)
arr chai (ear in cantonese..the rite word is yee chai.. it seems like he cannot pronounce the front word..and he likes to replace with ar)
arr pin (niu pin for diaper in cantonese)
arr fun(sek fan for eat rice or dinner in cantonese)
arr teen(mou teen for no more battery in cantonese ..coz Ryan loves to play remote control car that Kit bought for him till no more battery)
cookie- this english word he learns from sesame street's cookie monster..and furthermore whenever i am changing him and he saw cookie monster picture on the diaper he will say cookie
no more- he will say no more whenever he sees anything finish or the end..
sai sau (wash hand in cantonese)
matt matt (wipe in cantonese)
morning-he will greet me morning when he woke up every morning
arr night-he will greet me good night when he goes to sleep
meen meen (face in cantonese-ryan's version of wash up) -he will say that to me after he greets me morning every morning.. that includes brushing teeth and wash his face
matt chai (socks in cantonese)
and he improves his i love u already..and rite now he can say love u in full :))
boyyy he is growing very fast rite now... time really flies... we really treasure every moments we have with him...
and of course sometimes he really drive me nuts! hehehe what to do..he is a boy plus for the past months it was too cold for us to get out!
THank GOD the weather is getting warmer... yesterday was soo beautiful ..sunny and it was 12 degrees out there.
So i took the opportunity to do my laundry and let Ryan ran outside the backyard play some dirt. YUP he loves the dirt man..he even try to catch the earth worm...but of course i watch him so that he didn't put inside his mouth..heheheh
whenever he dig his hand into the dirt..he will say ..yucky yucky ar...hehehehe
then i say yea...dirt yucky yucky...but fun to play :)
i can't wait for summer to come..so that i can bring out the mini pool for him and play the water all he wants..
yesterday he was soo happy and tired from running around..he lay down on the deck...
at first i was like omigosh..i have to wash his clothes..is hard to wash man...but then on second thought..what the hey... is all worth it..let him enjoy being dirty once in awhile...i can always clean and wash..
too bad today is gloomy day ...its been raining cats and dogs all day long since morning...that is why he is a little bit crancky today :(
but good news for the weekend...is going to be double digit tempreature ...n daddy is home yay!!!
Posted by Gene Lim at 5:58 PM