Friday, February 27, 2009

ponyo ponyo ~

Finding out more about Ponyo today. A friend whom we met in Singapore gave us (read: became mine) a little Ponyo toy from a trip to Japan with his family. That was how I got to know about studio ghibli's latest animation. Certainly hope to watch it in the near future.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

cool treats

I got a new plastic popsicle maker which I'd forgotten about until yesterday. Mixed an Ovaltine beverage and poured into the holders, popped it into the freezer and we have Ovaltine popsicles after lunch today. Then we discussed the various flavour possibilities..

yoghurt with fruit bits + milk
fruit juice

Saturday, February 21, 2009

change the look

In order to babyproof the glass door that separates the living room and backyard, Brian taped up a cardboard over it. I appreciated the effort and honestly didn't find the board an eyesore. It had been blank for a few days and finally I couldn't resist graffiti-ing it with some of Gandhi's words.

Friday, February 20, 2009

planned meetings

Currently reading a book borrowed from a friend; 'eleven minutes, a novel' by Paulo Coelho. Halfway through it and found some words I'll like to keep here.

"... really important meetings are planned by the souls long before the bodies see each other.

Generally speaking, these meetings occur when we reach a limit, when we need to die and be reborn emotionally. These meetings are waiting for us, but more often than not, we avoid them happening. If we are desperate, though, if we have nothing to lose, or if we are full of enthusiasm for life, then the unknown reveals itself, and our universe changes direction."

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

no need for silence

Last afternoon, Amanda introduced me to the local library that carries books in English. It was a good rewarding trip as Kaeden and I hardly went anywhere without Brian in Palembang. While we were there, I was welcomed by the pleasant scent of old well-used books. Later I found out from the librarian that the books were donated and shipped over from the States.

There are mostly children's books and I found some craft books to flip through. As I settled down with Kaeden on a stool and wanted to take in the pictures from the books, a gentleman beside me realized I wasn't local and started to strike a conversation with me. So there I was trying to answer him in Indonesian language whenever I could while I think he was hoping for a conversation in English.

This morning, I had some time flipping through the craft book I borrowed and liking some of the simple but colourful sewing designs.

Monday, February 16, 2009

two old friends

After a month's stay in Singapore and arriving back to Palembang last Tuesday, we're back into the business of getting our lives fixed into the same old routine and me, reacquainting very easily with my two remote control friends. In case you're wondering, my "friends" help control the television and cable set each.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

a blue helmet

Brian mentioned to some friends about Kaeden's tendency to knock onto his head whenever he's moving about and later got to know from one of them that she knows of where to get an infant helmet. We got the Thudguard from her yesterday and let Kaeden tried it on this morning. There were some resistance initially but Kaeden kind of got used to the helmet and moved around the house a little more than before as we used to stop him from going near "hazardous" areas.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

guests from the wild

This evening, we had guests. from the wild.

I was doing the dishes in the kitchen when I heard chirping sounds. I thought they came from birds outside the kitchen window until I thought they sounded a little too near. So I lifted my head from the washing and looked towards the living room and saw a little bird flying around the area. I called for Brian and Kaeden to come out of the bedroom. When they were out, the bird left, out of the window. So I went, "there goes. you missed it."

and then....

Brian noticed a little fluffy creature hanging onto the main door's self closing mechanism (I'm sure there's a name for it). He managed to help the yellow green bird down and brought it to the window.

Brian (in a hat?) helping the baby bird chirp. The little one seemed in need of the calling-out-for-help area initially.

The parent bird resting on a ledge nearby, not daring to come near.

Baby bird rested on Brian's hand for almost a good five minutes. Shaky arms, eh, Brian? Baby bird decided it needed to call out a little louder.

They finally communicated and off they flew together and to the opposite block, they went. One landing on a ledge and the other flying around, searching for the other. Maybe the two birds had a tiff. I hope they're together, safe and warm somewhere now.

Monday, February 02, 2009

some garden photos

Some snapshots taken last morning. Our trip together with my pa to the Jacob Ballas Children's Garden.