Taipei 101

This week’s episode on: Sam colonises our lives.

Vacation to Taipei!

if you fail to plan, you plan to fail Your plan goes out the window anyway

We had been rather nervous about how Sam would react during the ascent / descent of the plane. We heard numerous horror stories of wailing children and embarrassed parents.  So, like all good parents we planned on giving him his bottle during these times, prepared toys, assigned roles for the worst case scenario…Mr Wong slept through the entire process of ascending and descending (I wonder if his ears popped). He woke when the plane stabilized. Now, us sleep deprived parents and grandparents were left with FIVE, unplanned hours of entertaining a very rested (AND RESTLESS) child. OH JOY!

Your idea of enjoyment shifts – drastically

What would previously have been a whirlwind tour of the destination city, has now regressed to relaxing long strolls (in lovely cool weather) to the destinations (for this a stroller is essential – a moving rice sack is rather heavy). Also, a nap (for the WHOLE family) in the afternoons are a great way to spend a holiday.

In spite of our leisurely pace, we managed to hit some of the recommended places to visit:

Unagi Rice Bowl at 肥前屋, DTF 鼎泰豐 at Taipei 101, visited 士林夜市 Shilin and 饒河夜市 Raohe night markets. SO MUCH FOOD!

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On this trip we also found pre-packed baby food to be really convenient but also produced really smelly poo, probably more intense than the 臭豆腐 (stinky tofu)we ate at the 夜市 (night market).

Sam the tour leader

Our plans had to be fluid and were dictated by our little tour leader. We ended up abandoning our plans to Jiufen to roam Taipei instead. The timings for the transport were not favourable and would have affected Sam’s bedtimes.

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All things considered, it was a really enjoyable first plane ride and trip with Sam and Grandparents! Onward to the next adventure! Perth!

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Post-Offspring-Spontaneity

Last weekend: When we proved (to ourselves, at least) that post-offspring-spontaneity is not dead.

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So here’s the scene, diaper and milk powder supplies were running low. Like any Singaporean family, we had to make a quick dash in to JB to stock up for the impending apocalypse (i.e., a catastrophic* event where cloth diapers are involved).

*  10 months in, Sam’s poo now smells like the zoo, specifically the zebra enclosure – if you’ve been there specially to appreciate the aromas. Some days, tardiness in taking out the trash results in… fermented Sam’s poo. 

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Mid-way through lunch at Nando’s (because Singaporeans can’t get Nando’s in Singapore), we decided, on a whim, that it was an excellent idea to stay the night in JB. We had with us our diaper bag^ containing (aka Surviving-JB-with-a-child guide):

  1. The clothes on our back + 1 extra top (but hey, never mind what the parents have / need)
  2. 2 milk bottles
  3. 2 rompers (we keep handy in the diaper bag)
  4. 1 baby hoodie
  5. some baby snacks

^stroller and baby carrier not included in the bag.

We had no choice(I know right!?) but to book a premium room at the Renaissance hotel (which we highly recommend by the way – there’s also plenty of street food in the immediate vicinity). WHAT A LAST MINUTE DECISION IT WAS! The free food and drinks (including wine and beer) at the lounge were a nice bonus!

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Photo of irresponsible considerate parents hiding in the lounge to play with phones cos the baby was already in bed.

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Photo showing responsible parents having supper in the toilet so baby is always supervised.

We enjoyed this trip thoroughly and even learnt a few things along the way. Specifically:

  1. Hotel toilets ARE decent places to have supper – flush before use.
  2. We require surprisingly few things to make things work – excess only temporarily allays your worries/fears
  3. Always pack an extra phone charger with you – saves the hassle of charging from the TV’s USB port
  4. Your life doesn’t have to, and should not revolve around your offspring (or does it?)
  5. This new generation will probably NOT know why we ‘pick up the phone’ what a telephone is.

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We are headed to Taiwan next weekend. See you guys on the other side…

Moved

It has been quite the journey these past few months. 20170605_143646417_iOS.jpg

From the excitement of collecting our keys, to managing the renovation, and finally moving in to our new place! This probably took a whole lot more out of us than we imagined.

We’ve moved and things have finally started to settle down. We’ve familiarised ourselves with the new surroundings, gotten used to the new routines (yes, this blog is back and running!), and re-started some things we couldn’t do back at the previous place: like having a quiet night’s rest, and the usual baking, cooking with proper facilities.

Sam finally has a room to himself. But actually we’re secretly happy that we have our room to ourselves now… hehe.

Enough with the house stuff, ‘what about Sam!?‘ you may ask.

He’s now 7 months old, and he’s changed a whole lot since 7 weeks old (refer to photo below). Like… who’s that baby?

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Sam’s gone through a few milestones these few months.

1.His poop smells like ours. He has started eating big boy food (pumpkin and cereal in the picture). No teeth as yet though.

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2. He sits. Which makes eating, bathing, feeding, cleaning, so much more convenient!

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3. He’s had his first overseas trips!

4. He’s had his first swim, but wasn’t too pleased about it.

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May this new home be filled with love and precious memories in the years to come!

 

 

 

Poop Log One

 

 

Mission Control (MC) to Sam: *static* this is mission control to Sam, do you copy? *static* please provide a status update… over *static*

Sam to MC: Sam to Mission control, roger roger, read you loud and clear… it’s a clear day out at what i should call a shopping mall… over.

Sam to MC: we’ve been out for awhile now, running low on fuel. Mother seems to be enjoying her day out… over. Requesting permission to return to base.

MC to Sam: roger, you are cleared to return to base, with whatever means necessary… over.

Sam to MC: wilco*, obtaining visual on the target… in range… engaged. requesting permission to engage.

MC to Sam: fire at will, and take us home Sam!

Sam to MC: wilco, birds away!

(*will comply)


Status Report

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

Damage:

x 1 overfilled diaper (poo)

x 1 set of very soiled clothes

x1 set of soiled baby carrier

x1 soiled changing mat

x1 baby with pee all over

Collateral Damage:

x1 set of flustered mother and grandmother

x1 afternoon outing cut short

Outcome:

x1 happy and comfortable baby

x1 amused father at the office

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CNY 2017

CNY on any other year is already hectic and tiring on its own. This year was a blockbuster CNY for us, we had a special little someone tagging along.

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It was a fresh new experience for all of us, new routines, and schedules with Sam. New homes, environments, and people for Sam. It was being outside for more than 4 hours since hatch day; for this we brought along a truckload of supplies just to be sure.

We did notice a few things as we went visiting.

It seems everyone, already born, got promoted this year. From brothers to uncles, aunties, to grand aunties, from grand parents to great grand parents. All figuring out their new titles (e.g. 太婆,太公,姨婆).

Great grand parents are particularly proud of this 4th gen offspring.

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Most wanted to know:

Who Sam looks more like – We actually have no idea, but it seems Daryl has the majority vote.

Whether he’s breast fed – Sam’s been drinking the good stuff bottled for freshness (also see post titled: “Milk”)

Whether he sleeps through the night – Sam’s been a good boy only waking at specific times to replenish his blood sugar levels. 

Who is taking care of him – Everyone is keeping a keen eye out for his wellbeing (for that we are thankful). Our Parents (Sam’s Goong Goong, Ye Ye, Por Por, Ma Ma) are the main caregivers when we need a break. 

This CNY, the Wongfoks are thankful for all the stories shared, the advice given, and the love showered upon Sam, in this, his first year of life. We pray that he’ll continue to thrive in this wholesome, loving community.

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新年快乐, 万事如意  everyone!

Marathon

I have to keep reminding myself that growing a baby is a marathon not a sprint. Currently it’s 7 weeks into his life here on earth. We are starting to feel stretched. With the late nights and the house work all adding up.

It’s the little bits that get you. A little washing here, some laundry there.

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(Meme Credit: Emelyne yiyi)

But there are times when you feel really proud that you’ve done it well. For instance, burping him…

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or surviving a trip out of the house!

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We’ve realised that he is growing up a bit too quickly. We’ve had to chuck a few cool rompers that don’t fit anymore, and introduce new ones. Like this one taken with his cousin. Sam’s pants don’t fit anymore 😦

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I know this is a little early, but I’m also stocking up on some dad jokes, compiled for future groans and eye rolls.

  • When the children want pets next time: “Pets are animals that humans did not find delicious”
  • Animal sounds: “to neigh or not to neigh, that’s equestrian”
  • At a Japanese Restaurant: “Japanese chef always have something to shoyu”
  • At the ZOO!: “I went to a zoo once, that only had a dog in it. It was a shitsu.”
  • Teachable moment about friends: “Friendship is like wetting yourself. Everyone can see it, but only you can feel its warmth.”
  • Lessons from punishments: “if you are asked to stand outside, it means you are always outstanding.”
  • Indigestion from eating too much? “if you eat too much wanton mee, you will be too heavy.”
  • Good to throw this in when discussing body issues: “Why have abs when you can have kebabs?”