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Food for thought


The list of things that K eats now is getting shorter and shorter. For this season it has been only

– chicken marcaroni

– spaghetti

– lasagne

– fishball noodles (he will eat this everyday if I allowed it!)

– prawn noodles (without the prawn, only with the fishcake)

– fried rice (only when it is home-cooked)

– ban mian

– yong tau foo (with all the fish balls/cake, without the tau foo)

– rice (only when he gets to eat it with fish ball)

– Japanese ramen

– cake and cupcakes

– an occasional piece of vegetable

I got this book, “Why should I eat well?”, to teach K the importance of eating well. He can now tell me when I ask “Why must you eat well?” His reply will be “So that no pimples…no tooth decay.”

He is rather disturbed by the visuals of the pimply kid in the book and have refused to look at the book now, after reading it a couple of times. This evening while I was washing my face, K came into the bathroom and we had this conversation –

K : “Why mummy washing face?”

Me : “I need to keep my face clean so that I will not get pimples.”

K : “Why mummy got pimple?” (referring to the hormonal zit that I have been nursing)

Me : “Because mommy has not been eating well. So did you eat well tonight?”

K : “No.” (He refused to eat his rice this evening and ended up picking on a piece of ham in a sandwich)

Me : “So tomorrow you might get pimples then.”

K : “NOoooooo!!!” (he then scrambled out of the bathroom)

I felt quite guilty after hearing that distraught tone in his “No”. I try not to use fear to manage him, but sometimes, I just can’t help it. Plus, I hate to admit that it works quite well most of the time.

I have decided that once he turns 4, he will need to eat whatever he is given or he can choose to go hungry. Then be made to watch videos and images of starving Ethopian/Somalian children. And listen to a lengthy discourse about how fortunate he is compared to these children who have nothing to eat.

So I have it all carefully thought out for when he is 4, and still wants to play ‘hardball’ with me during meal times. Although, I am well aware that theory always sounds much easier than practical experience.

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Call me doctor…


Doctor. Ben-10 Kyle

According to K, he is now Kyle aka Ben-10. Dr. Ben-10 Kyle, not only fights evil aliens and bad guys, but also saves baby Mickey’s life.

And you wonder where do they get the inspiration for their super-hero movie-scripts…

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The best part

K’s been visiting his p.d. a little too often this past one month
To a point that the nurses have started addressing me on first name basis
It started with the flu a few days after we got back from our vacation.
Although it has been more than a month
he still coughs and vomits out phlegm on a periodic basis.

So well-behaved when he sees the p.d.
Stays very still when the doctor uses the stethescope
Obediently opens his mouth and sticks out his tongue when asked to
Doctor will exclaim, “Wow, he is such a good boy!”
K will be beeming with pride and flashing his ‘beaver smile’ (where he hides his top lip).

The best part of his trip after the visit to the doctor’s
Will be checking out his favorite toys in the toy shops


He loves all typical boy’s toys such as cars, trucks, tools and action figures
Pretends to be a firemen who fight aliens


Never fails to run towards the game consoles
This time he turns to me asking “Why never turn on?”
Persistently tries to fiddle with some knobs on the console
Hoping that the game will come on screen


This is a constant reminder why hb should never get the Wii
Till this little boy knows the meaning of discipline and self control

We ended up buying something more educational from the other toy shop
I just could not resist as it was on sale
If the stuff there wasn’t so overpriced
I will get all of K’s toys from that shop

He didn’t show much enthusiasm when shown my choice
Didn’t quite matter as I was certain he will like it
Once he got home
And was less overwhelmed by so many selections

I have to learn to appreciate this
While he is still willing to go with what mummy chooses for him


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