Monthly Archives: November 2012

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Before we came to Kuching almost a month ago, Zayan was sad and had been crying.  He didn’t want to go.

“Mummy, I don’t want to leave Daddy alone.”

“Who’d look after you?”

“Daddy will”

“Daddy needs to go to work.  How will Daddy look after you?”

“You have to come with us, Zayan.  Mummy will look after you.”

Zayan was silent …

“How long will we be in Kuching?”

“A month”.

“What’s a month?”

“Thirty days.”

“Auww … That’s long!”

And … just the other day …

“Mummy, when are we going home?”

“Soon.  Next week.”

“When?”

“Sunday.”

“How long is that?”

“”About ten days.”

“Auww … Ten days??  That’s a long time away.”

Zayan was silent … Then, “Mummy, you were right.”

“I’m right about what?”

“1 month isn’t long.  We’re going home to Daddy soon.”

And … every day since, we have been counting down to the day we’d be leaving on the plane  🙂

 

This is Zayan, Daddy’s boy …

 

We’re going home soon

Wildlife right at our doorstep …

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Nowadays, we don’t see that many types of birds in our yard.  Before Chong Lin Park was developed, we had many winged visitors.  We used to have a little jungle right in front of our house; the same place where we picked paku and midin.  The birds are from there and when they feel like it, they’d come over for a stroll in the yard 😀

Here are some of the birds that I remember seeing …

White-breasted water hen (credits to http://odysseyist.wordpress.com – Thanks!)

The white-breasted water hen loves to lay eggs in the bushes i.e. lemongrass bush and the pandan bush.  Mum always stumble upon the nest. CK Leong of borneobirds.com has more info about this water hen.  I haven’t seen one since I’ve been back the past month.

This bird has always been around – the yellow-vented bulbul.  I’m guessing the image below would be for a male.  I have seen a pair of these birds  a few times; one with the black crest and one without.  This morning, I saw the pair quite aggressive with a couple of common mynas.  Maybe they were protecting their nest.

Yellow-vented bulbul (courtesy of CK Leong at http://www.borneobirds.com – Thanks!)

The spotted pigeon or, most probably, it’s the pink-necked green pigeon because of the distinct spotted neck is also a frequent visitor.  I just saw one this morning under the kitchen’s jasmine bush shaped like a topiary.

The pink-necked green pigeon (courtesy of http://www.malaysianbirds.com – Thanks!)

The common myna (courtesy of http://www.malaysianbirds.com – Thanks!)

Tree sparrow (credits to http://www.malaysianbirds.com – Thanks!)

I’ve seen a yellow bird but I’m not sure if it’s the Iora.

Iora (credits to http://www.malaysianbirds.com – Thanks!)

There was a great big reddish bird that I saw last year while I was doing the dishes  It was walking alongside the fencing near the kitchen window.  I took photos of it, but they were not clear and I didn’t have a proper camera.  I tried looking for an image of it on the net, but no success.  It had pretty large and long tail feathers.

I had blogged about a woodpecker I saw perched on our mango tree.  First, I heard the tiny knocking on wood sound.  I searched for the sound and there I saw it, a reddish-orangey bird, the banded woodpecker.

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Two days ago, my sister-in-law, Haniza introduced me to a lady who runs a hair salon at home, somewhere in BDC, Kuching.

If I remember correctly, her name is Maggie.

Home-run business means low cost, thus cheaper rates!  Yeay!  With four kids, I could do away with cheaper haircuts 🙂

Haniza told me the lady was shocked at how I could take care of 4 boys on my own …. huhuhu … yeap, till today, whenever I think back  since I left my job to take care of the boys, I still can’t believe it … Bravo to me!! hehehehe …

 

Haircut day

An afternoon out in the yard

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This afternoon we were out in the yard.  The boys had a lot of fun running around.  We took some pictures …

Ooops … he’s got the wrong shoe on the wrong foot

A clear view of the neighbour’s new wet kitchen. They had it built too close to the fencing, which is against the town council’s guideline. Who’s gonna tell? 😛

The attack of the mozzies …

He purposely closed his eyes 😦

A fine place to relax 🙂

Boat-making with Popo

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Super heroes assemble!

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Zayed had been continuously pestering me to make super hero masks for him and his brothers.  In the end, I couldn’t hold up and had to give in to the request.

Their requests:

I found examples here and here … which I could follow.  I made the templates and started drawing on construction paper and old cereal boxes …  The boys helped with the colouring.

R.I.P – Hyper Kawi

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Our beloved cat, Hyper has gone to cat heaven early yesterday morning.  He was 20 years old.  In cat years, that’s 96 years old.

I adopted Hyper and another kitty, Tyger, from a senior student when I was in Kansas City.  Tyger was a year younger than Hyper.  They were the best team!

Hyper was always elegant … and sometimes arrogant, but we love him all the same 🙂

I believe he had a good life and I know he got lonely 3 years earlier when his sidekick left.

I am going to miss you, Hyper … 😦  I will cherish the times we had together (and you too, Tyger).

P/S:  I’m glad you are in cat heaven now.  I couldn’t bear seeing you so weak.  I’m amazed that you have a long life with us … Thank you …  I know you are in a better place with Tyger and friends.

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My godmother gave this to me before she left for home.

My Aunt Betty is my godmother.  She was here for 3 months with her husband, Uncle Thurstan.  Now they’re back in Perth, till next year when they make another trip to Kuching somewhere mid of the year.

A book gift from my godmother