Mango? Papaya? Vince’s head?

Jeremy tells me that he has an admirer at work. Apparently, the
lady who prepares the fruit at the cafeteria has a “thing”
for Jeremy. She’ll see him walk up to the counter and she’ll ignore
the ten people waiting in line to serve Jeremy first. Everyday,
Jeremy always gets a mango and a papaya. Today, the fruit lady saw
him coming and even though there were 10 plates of sliced papaya out
on the counter, she told Jeremy to wait and she ran to the fridge to
get a special papaya. “The best one!” she said. I
asked Jeremy if he was the only white guy who got fruit and if that
was why he got preferential treatment. Jeremy replied that he was her
best customer (he goes everyday and gets the most expensive fruits)
and that’s why she likes him.
I’m glad that Edda’s in school these days while Vince is out on
break. I don’t often get to spend time with just him. Today we went
to the science museum (again! Didnt’ we just go yesterday?) to play
in the newly opened water park. Yesterday we didn’t bring our suits
because we didn’t know about it. Today we were prepared. The little
boy at the bottom of the picture was a little troublesome for Vince,
just your regular playground/waterpark politics, nothing too serious.

Oh yes, I also cut off Vince’s head and served it with some fruit.

I caved in…

Alas, the 4th gen iPod that was free courtesy of Jeremy and Vince (I remember the little people involved) has finally bit it. The hard drive was making weird clicking noises and it wouldn’t resync about 1 in 4 times. Of course, when it didn’t resync, that would mean reformatting the damn thing and installing all my music again. So today, I bit it and bought a 60gig white iPod. I am officially hip now.

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evil’s watching over you
Comin’ from the sky above
And there’s
nothing you can do

Prepare to strike
There’ll be no place
to run
When your caught within the grip
Of the evil

More than meets the
Robots in Disguise

Strong enough to
break the bravest heart
So we have to pull together
We can’t
stay worlds apart

To stand divided we will surely fall
our darkest hour
When the light will save us

More than meets the
Robots in Disguise

wage their Battle
To destroy the evil forces
Of the

It’s judgment day and now we’ve made our stand
now the powers of darkness
Have been driven from our land

Battle’s over but the war has just begun
And this way it will
remain til the day when all are

than meets the eye

Today Vince and I went to the Singapore Science Museum
while Edda was at school. Vince is a little afraid of the place
because it’s dark and there are strange noises and weird things
flashing. He spent most of the time watching a loop of the cartoon
“The Transformers”. He was so excited! Donald, he’s going
to raid your collection. The theme song really sent me back to our
childhood, hey look at these old friends:




On a side note, I’ve been really emotional for the past
few days, I think a mix of the labwork being messed up and my monthy
hormones kicking in. But there is nothing like crying in the middle
of a special needs school to make you feel like you aren’t alone, I
won’t go into the stories that I heard from the teachers and the
other moms, it’s not my place to tell them here, but they all made me
feel better and this afternoon, my crazy mood seems to have lifted. A
good thing.

Biking on Angel Island

Went biking on Angel Island today. It was seriously, perfect weather, clear skies – The works. Funny being the mechanic of the group. I was busy setting everyone up, borrowing bikes from Arif and Hasnain. And we only went 5 miles! hahahah. oh well. it was fun anyways. Never had been to Angel Island before. It seems like quite a romatic place. We had to take the ferry from Tiburon in. It capped an end to a great weekend.

From left to right: Jack, Choon, Lynn, Ghim-Hong, Pei-Sun, James…

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Emilie and Ben’s Wedding

Well, went to Emilie and Ben’s Wedding on Sunday. It was a really realyl nice affair. They had it in Memorial Park in Pescadero, outside. It was a wonderful ceremony and I have to say, it’s the wedding that I think would be the closest to how I would envision mine being. There was a good moment where they passed their rings around to everyone in the audience to “bless” them. I thought it was a great way to involve everyone.

I drove one of Li Pei Jean’s friends from Palo Alto, Theresa Chang, who was married to the late Richard(?) Chang who was a classmate of Mom and Dad. Have you guys met her before? She sorta seemed to recall meeting you, tho it was hazy. Also, what year did you guys graduate from Tai Da? Anyways, we had a good time on the drive over and talked about a lot of things. She’s heavily involved in church, and actaully knows Pei-Sun, Choon’s wife, from a vocal choir that they both sing in. Small World. She of course, inviited me to church, which was expected. I think I managed to deftly manouver out of that one. 😛

Dinner was interesting also. I got put at the very last table in the list – table 22! haha. Table 22 happened to be the table of all the Mech E Tai Da alums. Everyone was sitting down, so when I arrived, all of them were wondering who the hell this young guy was. Some people knew right away that I was Dad’s son. They said I looked more like Dad than Mom. One friend, some dude with an eye patch – they never said their names of course – thought I was someone else’s son until everyone set them straight. Another guy, i think, has a daughter, Lorraine that lives in Oregon. I think we suposedly had dinner with her at MIT, but I don’t remember. They seemed keen on the idea of setting me up when Mom and Dad come in July. I also talked a long time to this guy, KT Wang, who sat next to me. He was from Chattanooga and came to retire in the Bay Area. We had a good talk, he mentioned how the young generation doesn’t like to listen to what the older generation has to say. I agreed for the most part, but I think it’s defnitely easier to talk to people who are not your parents.

When Li Pei Jean came around to do a toast, she made r obligatory speech of how was single and of how mom promised her 2000 bucks to set me up. She also mentioned how I was like a son to her, and honestly it was really touching.

The other thing that I found out was that Emilie and Ben had been dating for 10 years before being engaged, and 12 up until now. crazy!

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Big zits.

So there has been some administrative screwup with Edda’s blood
work. They had ordered a bazillion tests and the one test that we are
anxious about has been screwed up somehow. We know the test had been
ordered and that the blood sample needed to be sent to Texas, but
somehow we don’t have the results yet. Our neurologist is talking to
the director of the lab and trying to straighten stuff out.
Meanwhile, we just wait. I get mopey and pessimistic and Jeremy tries
to bolster my spirits up which results in Jeremy being a little bit
more snappish at the children which results in all of us being a bit
on edge.
We went to the dog park again today. Now that we have experienced
minivan, I don’t know how we are manage without one in the US, look
how well we fill this one up:

The most exciting news of the day is that Jeremy and I went on a 4
hour date! Edda’s aide from school, Gowri was up for babysitting so
she and her daughter came over and Jeremy and I went out! Don’t we
look cute? Can you see the 2 enormous zits on my face?

And the kids had a blast with Gowri and her daughter Vino.

Yeehaw! It’s the weekend!

Well, I’ve been moping around for a few days. There are many
reasons, but the one reason that frustrates me the most as I am
typing this blog entry is the fact that my computer is infected with
various viruses and spywear because I have not been vigilant. Jeremy
ran something or other to clean up my disk and they found 53 things
to kill off, but these things can’t be killed off so easily. So
everything is running veeeerrrryyy slowly and so it’s a pain to get
caught up on all the important celebrity gossip. Might just have to

We went and picked up Jeremy from his work because it’s the
weekend (yah!) and went to Causeway point to a Korean BBQ place.

I left Edda’s school uniform on all day because I was lazy.


How dirty can one white shirt get?


Well, nothing like having two sick kids at home, watching TV all
day and surfing the Internet to make one feel like a bit of a loser
trapped in the house. I remember when I was little and had the cold
or the flu, it was great to bring all the blankets down from the
bedroom and set up on the couch and veg in front of the TV all day. I
fondly remember watching The Price is Right. So that’s what we did
today – except for the Price is Right, we didn’t watch that.
But we did set up a sick bed on the living room couch and hung out
there all day.

Even Ruby got in on the act.
Maybe she wants some sympathy as well. Or maybe she’s offering to
take care of the kids while I take the afternoon off to go to the
spa. Hmmm… I wish…
Oh yes, and since we don’t have a TV (American Idol? Huh?), we
watched DVDs on the computer until 10:30 am when Vince broke the DVD
player on our ancient desktop by forcing it open and close a
bazillion times (whoops!) and then there was no more Dora the
Explorer or Bob the Builder or Wiggles. He promptly called Jeremy at
work and told him that he needed to buy a DVD player as soon as
possible. And when Jeremy got home, he asked where the replacement
was because he thinks that Jeremy makes computers at his work which
is almost right, but not really.
On the subject of illness, we had purchased a very fancy
(otherwise known as expensive) thermometer that you stick in your ear
and takes a temperature in about 10 seconds and gives a digital
readout. Very handy for measuring temperatures of sick squirmy kids,
otherwise you have to do the temperature “in the butt” as
Vince calls it which is not fun or attractive for anyone involved.
Well, it’s lost and I spent a lot of time looking for it. I even
asked Rukia, our housekeeper, if she knew where it was because she
knows the organization of this house better than I do. But it is
nowhere to be found and I want to get another one, but I know as soon
as I buy it, I will find the first one. Argh….
By the end of the day, we were all getting grumpy at each other –
a bad case of HAG (House Aided Grumpyness), so Vince and Jeremy made

The consumed amount was, Doris and Jeremy – 4 cookies each,
Vince – 1 cookie, Edda – 1 bite. The rest quickly given
away to our neighbor.

Prata time!

Nothing exciting happened today. Just the SOS. Same Old Stuff.
Vince was running a low fever today – probably acquired from the IKEA
petri dish. Not really enough to make him lie still/puke/stop asking
for food or anything, but he was definitely off his mark today. So he
stayed home from school. Edda went to school and after we dropped her
off, we walked to this nearby prata shop that I’ve taken to going to
regularly. This was Vince’s first time and he was being a pain, but
eventually he acquiesced and went in and had a prata which are these
delicious fried breads which can be plain (Vince) or stuffed with
cheese and tomato (Doris) and then you dip them in curry sauce.

OK, I know he’s eating a donut in this picture. He wouldn’t sit
down in the prata shop until I bought him a donut at the 7-11 and I
really, really wanted a prata since I hadn’t eaten any breakfast and
it was almost 9:30 already.
Here’s the prata picture:
Can you see the curry sauce? Yummy. Notice my plate is totally empty.
I eat very quickly. Vince eats very slowly.