Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Our Guardian Angel - My Neighbour's Cat

That's Aminah wanting me to stroke her. She loves being rubbed at her tummy

She meowed incessantly when I went outdoor as if to tell me "I killed a snake". I have reprimanded her before for killing a frog and a mouse. Hehe

Aminah puked - the foamy thing with some blood

Aminah (that's what I call her since she is our Malay neighbour's cat) is a frequent visitor or rather a permanent fixture to our home for as long as I can remember. She parks herself at our front door, on top of our two cars from sunrise to sunset. Whenever she goes back next door and when Mak Cik feeds her - bless her, do not let her hear me opening the door, she will run back to our side as swift as lightning. During months that I am overseas and according to my daughter she only comes by occasionally. On my return from a day's outing or a few months disappearance, it is really warm to see her running out from Mak Cik's house to our home.
She is no real beauty compared to our Persians but she is really adorable. Even little Ryan takes on to her and gets pretty excited when he sees her having her feed or just lazing around on the gate pillars.

This afternoon there was a lot of rattling at the front glass sliding door. I drew back the curtains to see the adorable one having a snake in her mouth. I later went out to take a shot at the gruesome find. I believe this is not the first time she has done this as we have seen dead snakes in our garden or driveway before.
She is our guardian angel, our watch cat, our companion, friend. She is more than a cat.

So You Think You Can Dance - Rhythmic Gymnastics

Loh Chooi Joy was only 11 when this video clip was taken during the 2008 Angel Cup Competition

Rhythmic Gymnastics is a beautiful and elegant sport. The routines, choreographed with many dance movements involving grace, elegance, flexibility with ballet characteristics are performed to music using hand apparatus such as rope, ball, hoop, clubs and ribbon by individuals, pairs, trios or group of gymnasts.

Rhythmic gymnastics is a challenging and exciting activity for all children. It focuses on body awareness with hand-eye coordination, team spirit, confidence building and a host of other positive character enhancement. It also provides children with the unique opportunity to express themselves through music and movements.

This sport comprises of various levels which provides an opportunity for gymnasts of different levels and ability to enjoy the sport. Young gymnasts start from a 'Lower Level" and can grow up to a "Higher Level".

Rhythmic gymnastics is a global sport and is extremely popular in many countries. In Malaysia it was popularised by Faiznur Miskin in 1989 where she won all 5 gold medals at stake at the SEA Games held in Kuala Lumpur. In 1991 the Golden Girls team comprising of Lam Swee Kim, Carol Low Mei Lee, Farrah Hani Imran and Chee Wai Lin grabbed the lone gold medal at the Philippines SEA Games. And in 1993 SEA Games in Singapore they took home the silver medal with remaining team members of Carol Low, Chee Wai Lin and Farrah Hani. Christina Loke was the 4th member to the team.

Carol and Farrah championed the gymnastics team through some tough years with little overseas training and exposure. These are the yester years of Rhythmic Gymnastics and with the hiring of foreign coaches, the sport has taken a great leap bringing Malaysia into the world scene. And who remembers the old gymnasts of yester years ..... the forgotten heroins of their time.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Ryan Went Kite Flying At Park City

Ryan trying to lend a hand

Look at the little pro

His lone kite

The first time Ryan ever saw a kite was on 10 May 2009 - Mother's Day. Two mothers tagged along on that day. Ryan was a little frantic when he saw the huge monstrous kites looming above his head. The kites came in all shapes and sizes - from an octopus flying in the sky (not swimming in the sea) to a very pathetic Spider Man trying to make an accent to the sky.

Yesterday evening we decided to bring Ryan to the park again. This time we brought our own kite and to take the fear away from him, the father carried him in with the mum, an aunt and the excited grandma tagging along. When we reached the grounds Ryan was already hyped up for his big day. Even when the skies turned dark he was not willing to call it a day but being a boy with reason, he reluctantly agreed that we will come again another day.

Grandma captured him on video while mummy was busy with her DSLR.
Watch Ryan in actin with this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiK3DDKCJfI&feature=player_embedded

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Mothers - Are You Bored?

This is what bored chefs do. If mothers are just as bored (or creative), these will land on our dining table. Can be educational too for the little ones.

Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Who Are We To Complain

Yvonne after her surgery

"Oh! I am having a bad head". "I don't feel well so I am staying in". "Get off my back. I am having a bad day".

How often have we mourned on little ailments that afflict us? When things don't go our way? When the situation seems rough? I must say I am a party to the above.

From November 2008 to May 2009 Yvonne has undergone 3 major surgeries in USA. For an update on her latest surgery, visit her blog. And if you wish to make a contribution for her medical upkeep, details are available in her blog. Or just simply drop her a line of support or encouragement.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Friday, May 1, 2009

Specially For My Tibetan Friends

How To Make Pineapple-Lemon Cuticle Softener

Pineapple juice contains a protein-digesting enzyme that helps remove layers of dead skin Therefore it makes a wonderful cuticle softener and conditioner. Add a dash of lemon juice, which cleans, softens and protects the cuticles and nails, and you have the perfect cuticle treatment. And it smells divine!

Ingredients :
2 tablespoons pineapple juice
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Method :
1. Combine juices in clean bottle with lid. Shake well.
2. Apply small amount to cuitcles. Allow to work for ten to fifteen minutes
3. Rinse with warm water

Storage & Life Span :
Keep refrigerated when not in use. Will last for two to three weeks