Monday, January 26, 2009

The (Little) Pianist

Little pianist at work
Here I am doing my best imitation of amazing talented pianist in the making. For the most part I actually play on the keys and not just bang on them. Not only that, but I will sing as I play too. It amuses my mother to no end.

And here's Mummy's first attempt at uploading a video on blogspot... more to come if this is successful. hiaks hiaks. Enjoy...

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Clairester turns 2

My birthday was a rather sad occasion this year... Mummy originally planned a playdate at Fidgets with Isaiah didi, as well as a visit to a kindergarten she's been eyeing for me to go to next year. Unfortunately the plans were derailed when I began running a high fever on Monday night. By the following evening, the telltale spots were spotted on the soles of my feet and in my mouth - HFMD! Bug ran around in my family because of our big family reunion the week before.

So I was confined at home on my big day, but the good thing was that i got to spend the whole day with Mummy (Mummy originally planned a half-day leave only). Cake plans went unchanged - Mummy still bought me an Elmo cake, which I dipped my finger into very excitedly when I saw it. Papa couldn't be around for the cake-cutting as he had classes to attend, so I cut my cake with Mummy, Granny and Ah Gu.

Mummy let me put on my adorable sunsuit from Teapony (which she wishes she had bought more of, and hopes Auntie Daphne would organize a BP on again).

So. I am now two and counting. I am speaking more now although I'm not very articulate, but Mummy is relieved that I seem to be attempting to speak more. I uttered my first 3-syllable word last week ("Ele...phant!") and am also trying to make sentences in Chinese. I can count to 10, skipping 5-8 in the process (Mummy: I don't care. It means she can still count to 10, just that she likes to fastforward a bit. She says "1, 2, 3, 4, 9,10!" So there!). Not too bad la huh.

Imitating Elmo's sitting position

I'm smiling, but too bad it's in the wrong direction. But Mummy, at least I smiled, right???!!!

Mummy's favourite picture of the lot - Cheeky Claire and Granny dearest.

Blowing out the candles on my birthday cake for the very first time!

Cake-cutting with Mummy

And Mummy's wishes for me in the coming year?
1) That I'll continue to be happy and stay healthy;
2) That I'll learn more about the big big world;
3) That I'll be able to get a place in a good kindergarten.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Birthday treat... a day at the zoo

For my birthday treat this year, Mummy and Papa thought it'd be nice to spend the day at the zoo (and from hindsight, it is really lucky that they decided to do so, as my actual birthday plans were derailed... *sob* - see next entry for details!) Actually for my birthday treat last year (or rather sort-of birthday treat) we went to the zoo as well, but that time I was really too young and blur to enjoy anything. This time round though, I had a grand time checking out all the animals (and I'm sure they had a nice time checking me out too). We even managed to catch 2 shows! However, one thing Mummy and Papa found quite puzzling was the fact that they found the zoo much less comprehensive than last time. Where did all the animals disappear to???

All in all, we had a wonderful day, and of course, Papa had a field day playing with his Canon S5. Mummy made him take some pictures of us, so in the end 5-10% of the pictures had us in it. But the rest were of animals and flowers (??!! Papa loves to check out the macro function of the cam).

Obligatory animal pic - my favourite enclosure (and Mummy's alltime favourite too!) - the otters!!!

One of those shots that Mummy had to force Papa to take, just to prove that we went to the zoo

My "cute" pose - just gotta figure out how to smile along with this pose...

It figures... that for the one picture that I smile straight at the camera... Papa doesn't use his flash. Grrrr....

Oh, Mummy has a great story to go along with this pic. As we were reviewing the pictures on the computer the night after we came back from the zoo, i saw this picture and I said, "Claire Claire zou lu, Mummy qian shou!" (In Chinese. Translates to - "Claire Claire walk, Mummy hold (her) hand!") It was the very first sentence that Mummy heard me say, and she's so proud of it she's been repeating it to anyone who would listen. Granted it wasn't a very full or even grammatically correct sentence, but it was still progress for me!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Fun at Kids Kampong

There came one fine Sunday when Papa suggested to Mummy that they took me somewhere non-airconditioned and non-shopping related for once. Mummy pounced at the opportunity and that's how we ended up at Pasir Ris Kids' Kampong, where, for $1 per person (of course babes like me go in free), we get to enter with a small packet of feed. There's longkang and rod fishing available at a much higher price, but as I'm not very adventurous, Mummy and Papa decided against it.

I found the place quite interesting - there was a rabbit station, a tortoise station, a chicken station, a duck station and a geese station, but my favourite of course were the fish in the pond. They were the only things I dared to feed anyway, LOL. We actually managed to stay there longer than Papa and Mummy thought we would.

Verdict: It's definitely worth a visit, but my visits there would be infrequent because we live right on the other side of the island.

Acting cute...

Mummy and the Clairester posing for a photo... hey, I actually came close to smiling!

Feeding the fishies - so much fun!