Archive for February, 2010

Lost two kilos

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Wow, I can’t believe it, I lost two kilos in an afternoon!

What happened this weekend.  Saturday morning Zen and I had a lot of fun practicing pitching and catching, we also kicked the soccer ball around a bit.  Zen is getting better at pitching and catching (and so am I), but he needs more help with his kicking of the soccer ball (he just started his soccer class recently).

Zen went to his art class and he drew a nice picture of people at an aquarium. His teacher gave him an A+, the first time he’s ever gotten one. He was very proud.

Today we went to the softball practice. It was bloody roasting hot, hotter than I ever remember it.  I was sweating like some sort of wild animal, and when I got home I found that I had sweat off about two kilograms. That’s a lot. But no cause for concern – we ordered pizza and drank it with beer, and I’m sure to have most of it back on by tomorrow morning.

I learned how to play Black Sabbath’s “Supernaut” this afternoon. Can’t believe how easy it is to pick through. If you have a wah pedal it sounds really awesome.

Zen with his new glasses

Zen with his new glasses


Zen got an A+ for this picture, he was so proud.


This is one of my favourite Zen pictures.





This is a Chinese New Year drawing.

Great weekend

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Fun weekend.  Saturday we slept in and then I practiced throwing the ball with Zen, before he did some homework.  In the afternoon we headed off to Sentosa to hang around with friends drinking beer and eating pizza while the kids played, first on the water course, and then on the beach.  Check out the pics:




Today I practiced throwing the ball with Zen in the morning and in the afternoon I worked a lot, so I couldn’t go to Zen’s softball practice. Really a shame, because Zen was the star of the mini-competition that they had at the end of the practice: the kids played the moms (not enough dads around), and Zen got a grand slam, helping drive in four runs, which clinched the game for the kids: they won 13 to 10.

Oma and Opa on the A380

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

I woke up with a start. It was 5:50 sharp. I immediately brushed my teeth…

It was great to have a long weekend. Friday we were only supposed to have a half day at work, but I worked until 4:00 anyway. I went to the Renaissance Hotel head shops looking for big heavy metal crosses, but unfortunately I didn’t find any. Booo!!! I did but the new Rudra CD, though. Friday night we had a nice dinner and chilled out, drinking gin and tonics. Yay.

Saturday we chilled out all day, reading, tidying, and I finished my long Tintin review of all of the books. Whew! I made it a new project to dig up Zen’s old Lego toys and put them back together again – they’d been sitting in a state of disrepair ever since we moved house at the end of August and I knew that Zen would enjoy “rediscovering” his toys. In the afternoon, Naoko and Zen went to his Japanese lessons, and then mum and dad and I went downtown by bus. We met them in front of the botanical garden gate and went for a night stroll through the botanical garden. It was pretty dark. Zen got very tired, so we only went in to where the orchid garden is, and then came back out. In the evening we sat around talking and drinking gin and tonics and I played the guitar. Nice.

Sunday we chilled out all day, reading, building Legos, and relaxing. I started to get really into “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” and read a bunch of that. Great stuff, although the pacing is a bit slow. No explosions or assassination attempts yet, but they’re sure to come. Went down to the Shop and Save to get some more tonic water, the streets were empty with barely any cars, it’s because it’s the first day of Chinese New Year and a lot of people were doing family stuff in their homes. Had a nice swim in the afternoon, then a great big feast of cordon bleu. In the evening we went to hang out at the poolside and drank gin and tonics, but didn’t stay too long as Zen was quite tired.

Monday – Happy Chinese New Year! We get two days off work, Monday and Tuesday. Zen was a bit feverish, so he stayed at home all afternoon. Naoko and I went to Courts to see about buying a small CD player so that she could listen to Arashi in the kitchen, but the ones Courts stocked were pretty lousy. Had a coffee with Naoko, then headed back home to chill out some more.

Tuesday, got up at 5:50 to see Oma and Opa off, they were heading back to Canada. Their flight from Singapore to Hong Kong is in an A380, it must have been exciting. After they took a taxi, we started tidying up the apartment a bit, did some reading, took a nap. Nice quiet breezy day. In the afternoon I went off to Yishun to hang out with my band’s guitarist Mark to practice a few songs, that was pretty cool. I learned a few guitar parts, and will hopefully make myself more useful in our songs. “Paranoid”, “Supernaut”, “Children of the Grave,” and maybe a few more. I don’t want to think about work, but it’s coming – tomorrow!

Here’s a picture of Oma and Opa with Zen!
Oma and Opa and Zen in Singapore