Saturday, August 30, 2008
Tuesday came, and he still couldn't walk. We brought him to the PD nearest our house, and luckily the doctor on duty that day was Terence's classmate. He diagnosed it as reactive arthritis (ReA).
According to Wikipedia, ReA is an autoimmune condition that develops in response to an infection in another part of the body. Kai had a viral fever about two weeks back, and that caused an inflammation of his right hip joints.
You can give ibuprofen to relieve the inflammation and pain, and usually it will go away in a matter of days. But the PD says if it doesn't, we will have to investigate further.
Luckily, ReA went away as quickly as it came. Kai was walking gingerly on Tuesday day and jumping on Wednesday.
The episode gave me quite a scare, and it made us sad to see our usually active boy limited by his inability to move. I can't imagine the pain felt by other parents whose kids have debilitating diseases; it must be terrible beyond words.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Jorina once gave me this really useful list of what to pack when going on a holiday/plane with your toddler. A lot of it makes sense, and I'm sure she can point you to where she got that list if you write her.
But here're some of mine to consider:
Stock taking is serious business
Thursday, August 14, 2008
The copycat lemak chicken is in the top left hand corner
The warong was closed by the time we circled round the block four times to find parking. But the good thing about that part of North Bridge Road is that there are plenty of other eateries to satisfy your nasi padang craving. So we stepped opposite the said warong to another Malay stall, which serves the lemak chicken too. What you see^ costs us S$12 in total. Their sambal balachan is quite shiok too.
Next on our cheap trail is Tai Sing. It is a toy distributor and supplier, so expect a warehouse shopping experience complete with dusty, rough round the edges, crumpled packaging. But the toys are pretty affordable. We bought construction car set (three cars) for S$5.90, and huge sheets of stickers for S$1.90 each.
Parents with babies and toddlers might be interested to know they carry Combi products too.
Tai Sing was recently featured in The Straits Times as a cheap place to buy toys. But how I found out about them was from another mother, a complete stranger. Her boy was playing with a nice construction car set at an East Coast beach cafe, and Kai joined in the fun. Terence begged me to ask her where she bought it, and I did.
So friends, trust me, good things DO come to those who go up to strangers and ask for help.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Slice your pita bread in half, spread Mozarella cheese over it, and throw on the toppings (chop them up first!). Then pop it into the toaster oven for 10-15 min (i.e. till things are cooked, cheese melt and brown nicely).
If you want a tomato base, spread a thin layer of the paste before you throw on the cheese. But not too much as you don't want the pizza to taste too sour.
That's it! Kai loves to stare at his creation cook in the oven and snatch pieces of ham from the bowl while making his pizza.
We had so much fun doing it the first time (photos from first attempt) that we decided to do it again on National Day with more toppings.
Friday, August 08, 2008
MIL called this afternoon to remind us to buy tickets early.
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Next to thinking that Ministry of Sound is actually a church, I have another confession to make: I've only flown a kite once, and I was a teenager by then.