Saturday, 26 June 2010

My son is not spoiled

Small Talk Six: “6 ways you indulge or spoil your children.”
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Here's a little case background: Growing up I was as disciplined by my mother as I was spoiled by my father. When I became a mom I chose to employ my mother's parenting style until divorce entered the scene. Full child custody has a price. With caregiving and developmental issues I ended up shuttling my son between 2 countries 5 times in less than 6 years. Through guilt and panic I struggle to make up for my sins >>>

1. There's this rule I set for myself to follow a certain budget each month for all his expenses and NOT to buy anything beyond the budget. But when he suddenly wants a new bike, I break my own rule.

2. It's usually during overseas trips that I indulge him the most. On a cruise in Hong Kong recently, I let him goof with my mini-tiara and play with my diamond ring eventhough I am aware of his penchant for throwing things when bored and he could toss those accessories out the yacht any minute.

3. Echoing no. 1, I buy him a toy I don't expect to buy. At a Victoria Peak shop he spotted a clone of the Ultraman doll he was carrying in his left hand and demanded to have the clone. I gave in to prevent a simmering tantrum.

4. Being a picky eater, sky becomes the limit when there's something he particularly fancies. As he would rather starve than eat what he doesn't like, and I am a lousy cook, I take him to restaurants regularly and let him be the boss over the menu.

5. He dominates my computer; draws monkeys on my research printouts. I close my eyes to work that is put on hold.

6. I let him resist shower, toothbrushing and bedtime longer than I should because I don't have time to argue and heck I need to go to work.

See, he isn't spoiled. God I got homework.


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(Thanks again Mareng for this fun)
Happy Saturday, friends!

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Humanoids in Humanities

Ever wondered how a bunch of university instructors absorb themselves during a meeting?

Scenario: three languages; four age groups, five ranks, philosophies as varied as the total number of wrinkles of everyone in attendance and a common bottomline: pay.

Some suffer burnout, others are eager for showtime one minute and ready to bite the academic dust the next, while the rest look forward to hearing the meeting is adjourned. A foreign few had to sit quiet through untranslated speeches. They interact via notes -

1. Crap. Syllabus doesn't match the book. Computer nerdery got messed up or who do we talk to about this?

2. Ah there goes conceptual thinking. Look at the powerpoint

3. I'm so sick of being professionally stagnant.

4. Business guys are paid $$ more per hour than the humanoids in Humanities ....

5. That's fair.

6. ... watched Sex and the City last night. It was funny but soon I was no longer laughing at the film... seatmates had to read the subtitle first and were laughing about six seconds late

7. But hey, they say we are paid tonight for warming our seats.

8. I bloody well hope so.

9. The Council is the deciding party for our case. Our license has been issued under TCT rules ... nothing is written in stone yet.... We either apply for a tourist visa or leave the country.

10. I'm beginning to fancy that conference in Vietnam... hmn...

11 God I need coffee!

12. with rum?

13. laced with sedative.

More T13 here.

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Thanks, Pop and Pup

In this post: Thanks, Small Talk Six and Weekend Funnies

To my dear, bloggy friends who dropped by when I was away: Thank you!

After weeks and weeks of inactivity on this blog, well, I'm back and it's great to be back. I would like to thank

Thom of Thom's Place 4 Well Whatever
Ebie of Deranged Insanity
Anya of Kareltje en ikki !!
Nuts of Embrace life
Chris of The Mommy Journey,
Shakira of You Are Never Alone,
Indrani of i Share
Genejosh of Her and History

for your kind thoughts and wishes. Seeing your presence on my More post kept my sense of connection to the blogging community alive, and I really appreciate that. I'll be dropping by at your places for some a'neighboring.

Small Talk Six: What my Dad and I have in common

Despite being acknowledged by family as a Papa's girl, I don't think there was that much interaction between us while I was growing up. Communication was routin-ish, but we did have fond father-and-daughter moments. These are things Papa and I have in common:

1. Board games
2. Reading self to sleep
3. Spoiling kids
4. Excellent meats and desserts
5. Stubbornness
6. Spending a lot of time on a passion

Karen hosts Small Talk Six @ Momdot

Weekend Funnies: Snug Softness

The email began like this: one could lose oneself in such snug softness.

I know most of you are dog lovers and will help. My neighbor has lost her Chihuahua puppy and is desperate to find him.

Yesterday, she was sitting on the couch watching TV and realized he was gone. She called out to him and he never responded and of course it was then that she noticed the back door was open. She has been putting up signs everywhere in an effort to have him returned.


and thanks Mareng for the continuous supply of laughter

Shakira hosts Weekend Funnies @ You Are Never Alone.