Baby Kai’s Day Out

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OK, it was our day out. Having stayed home for almost a month (trip to Mum’s house for celebration not counted), Naomi and I thought it’d be good to get out and let Kai announce himself to the world, H1N1 notwithstanding.

And announce he did, with big, heartfelt cries when it was feeding time when we were almost done with the supermarket shopping at Tanglin Mall, which, by the way, if you’re with child and pram, is the place to be. There is a nicely equipped nursing room (although the wallpaper featuring a sofa was an unforgivable tease), and everyone else seems to be with child and pram, so they’re mostly considerate and forthcoming with all manner of advise (such as: no, you should not use your pram to hold the lift door open).

After too many hours out because our timings for running simple errands like eating lunch and buying groceries have gone slightly awry due to accumulated suakuness, we came home with a few cakes to celebrate Kai’s official one month day (Gregorian Calendar), but the little bugger decided he wanted to have a long snooze instead, so we’re having the cake today.

It’s good to be finally able to go out.

Second month confinement

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You’d think right after a month of recuperation and adhering to (some of the) traditional post-partum confinement rules, we’d be ready to go out and show Baby Kai off to the world.

H1N1 has put paid to that, and thankfully we had a small group of family and friends who came by and celebrated with us at my mother’s yesterday. We had a lot of food to celebrate with. We still have a lot of food to celebrate with. And it’s because some friends recused themselves from attending our little party because they’d been to flu-affected countries or they, understandably, couldn’t pry themselves away from the AWARE EGM which dragged into the night.

It was definitely not because people didn’t like the food. We had consulted with Loyal Reader Lincoln with regards to the food, and he arranged for us to get it from North Border. Best decision we’ve made (apart from getting the Ang Ku Kueh from Ji Xiang Everton Park).

If you’re planning some event – like a baby shower or full month party – give North Border a shot. They came and set up the food service, complete with labels so that people would know that crab cakes were crab cakes and stuffed jalapenos were stuffed jalapenos.

But of course, that didn’t stop a friend of ours from thinking the jalapenos were stuffed crab claws because of the similarity in shape (really?) and taking a bite into one mid-conversation, only for the extreme heat of the chili to completely derail her train of thought and run another express line through it, making her say “wow, this crab thing is quite… exciting”.

Some more, (American) Southwestern cuisine would be something different from your usual bee hoon spring roll siew mai har gao buffet catering, and honestly, having dined at North Border several times previously, you are not likely to go wrong with the food.

The only thing I’m sorry about is not having taken enough photographs on Saturday despite bringing two cameras out. So there aren’t any pictures of the food. You’ll just have to head down to 2 Rochester Park to have a look.

Probably the nicest touch to Saturday’s party was having Loyal Reader Lincoln, despite suffering from a crook wisdom tooth, playing ice-cream man with a huge carton of various flavours of ice-cream from Haato. Eat hot jalapeno, eat Haato, eat hot jalapeno, eat Haato. Now say that ten times quickly.

In all, everything was good enough to make everyone want to SHUT UP AND SIT DOWN and eat.

Weekly Tweets

  • From miyagi.sg: Weekly Tweets http://tinyurl.com/cow6v2 #
  • I’ll help integrate you into society, but first you gotta stop cycling on the pavements! #
  • I has ordered Ang Ku Kueh #
  • RT @weareaware: AWARE EGM venue has been changed to Singapore Expo Hall Two. #
  • AWARE for all women: http://ping.fm/y0CQc #
  • From miyagi.sg: http://tinyurl.com/d7pkqw #
  • RT @KennethTanRZ: @mrbrown I think the original Mentor and this Feminist Mentor should lim kopi. They would have so much to talk about. #
  • For Christians on AWARE: http://tinyurl.com/c9kchl #
  • FB RT: IZ Reloaded I think we can all forget about saving Aware at the EGM. Old guards have 600 new members so far. The new exco have ov … #
  • FB RT: IZ Reloaded Staff and members of Church of Our Saviour, have been encouraging people to join Aware and support the new team. http … #
  • From miyagi.sg: What we should be AWARE of http://tinyurl.com/dmafte #
  • RT @skinnylatte: Another guy is trying to date me, and random men want to marry me. Syrian men must’ve never met a lesbian. Memorize my … #
  • Yay, new new AWARE exco! #
  • Just celebrated Baby Kai’s first month and forgot to save Ang Ku Kuehs for ourselves. #
  • From miyagi.sg: Congratulations new new AWARE exco http://tinyurl.com/co69gk #
  • FB RT: Edmund Shern wonders how a country that pulled off the AWARE victory can now tune into S-Factor. #

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What we should be AWARE of

Given the amount of air time multi-culturalism and multi-racialism is given here, it is easy to forget that there are prejudices and plain cockeyed discrimination in this country.

People of high standing in their professions can suddenly come out and spew the most ridiculously baseless rubbish, and the scary thing is, they have thousands of followers who will continue to overlook the truths of the matter.

I’d go so far as to say this group that purports to save our children from the horrible things they are taught in school are: English-speaking ethnic Chinese born again Christians of churches less than 30 years old.

I’d also say from their Secret Squirrel God Squad actions, that these people are completely nuts. But a schoolmate of mine puts it rather more sensibly:

[1] Support the new ex-co, and you are effectively saying that you condone its quasi-corporate act of infiltration, with related strategies of secrecy, disinformation, moral coercion, and fear-mongering. You are saying that you support its less-than-Christian covert moves more than traditionally Christian ones like dialogue, open engagement, honesty, and clarity.

[2] Support the new ex-co, and we will go down a slippery road with wide-ranging repercussions for all. Don’t believe for a moment that the manoeuvring will stop here. What this invites others to see is that infiltration is the most effective way for small groups of like-minded individuals to seize power quickly — and where will this end? What is to stop any religious or ideological group from doing the same to any social institution at every level? In the long run, who do you think loses?

[3] Support the new ex-co, and you potentially make light of the freedom that is God’s gift to every human being. Against your best intentions, you may send out instead the message that we Christians think that we know better than everyone else and that we are willing to outflank, overpower, and overwhelm if we do not get our way.

[4] Support the new ex-co, and, if they stay and behave as predicted, you will be directly responsible for undoing the trust that many Christians have taken years to build with their non-Christian friends. This is a trust built on mutual respect. You will have made the Gospel of Christ more difficult to hear for years to come because people will think that they know what it is about. You will have created a new generation of Christ-haters.

So, Christian soldiers, don’t go joining AWARE just to vote at Suntec tomorrow in support of the ‘Christian’ leadership.