Friday, September 12, 2014

Vote for Elvis!

Hey all, hope you enjoyed yesterday's post about Ryan's costume party! If you have a minute to spare, could you click on over to vote for Ryan's photo on Impact Models' facebook page? They are running a contest - the photo with the most likes get a small cash prize! Vote for Elvis!



In other news, we are off on our travels tonight! Looking forward to our Mauritian holiday! Have a good weekend, all! And, in the words of Elvis, "thankyouthankyouverymuch"!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Elvis Is In Da House!


Ryan attended a costume party on Wednesday. I dressed him up as Elvis Presley!

I'll give you some details on the costume first. The shirt and the pants are the ones I made in November last year for Zoukidisco, at which he won Best Dressed. The shirt is a modified Nature Walk Pullover by Oliver + S and the pants are Jacob by Zonen 09, to which I added silver shiny gussets to make them more bell-bottom-my. He still fits into the outfit except that the sleeves and the legs were a little short so, for the pants, I added a gold trim to the hem, which added about 2 inches. I didn't have enough time to do anything to the cuffs, but from these photos, they look okay, I think.

Of course, what would an Elvis costume be without a cape? The cape was a killer project. It took me three hours just to put the gemstones on as I sewn them on individually. The inside of the cape is a Japanese tissue lame in gold. I initially wanted to sew gemstones onto the front of the shirt but didn't have enough time. I might still do that though, just for fun!

The cape caused the shirt to fall down towards the back so I tightened the neckline by adding some gold buttons, which did the trick. I only did that the day after the party though, when he went to preschool (yes, he went to preschool in costume!).





Okay, let's get to the party! The party was organised by Impact Models Studio. Anyone can sign up to attend, you just have to pay the fee. It is a drop-off party from 10 am. The children will play games, have lunch and they will also put together a runway show. They get their hair and make-up done and some photos taken. Parents are asked to come at 5 pm to watch the runway show. I think they have these parties every quarter. The studio also offers birthday party services so you can celebrate your little ones' birthday with them if you like.


This party was their Halloween edition so all the children were asked to come in costume. Ryan's was the only handmade costume; the rest were store-bought. To be honest, I was feeling a little shy about his costume and a small part of me was thinking that I should have finished sewing the gemstones on the front or I should just have gone and bought him a costume from the store. But, when he walked out on the catwalk and did his Elvis moves, my little man was a stunner. Most of the kids came as the usual superhero, princess, pirate, witch, etc and most of them were in black (in keeping with the spooky side of Halloween). So this little smiling boy walking the runway in his glowing white and gold costume was a real standout.

These were taken after the show.


Check out those sideburns!


Elvis and me. He was really happy, as you can see.





Elvis and daddy. Daddy had a special surprise for Ryan after the party ...


... he brought Ryan to watch Geronimo Stilton live on stage at United Square plus a meet-and-greet after the show! Ryan was so happy! He was dancing and singing throughout the show and, the next day, he was still singing the song from the show! We have been reading Geronimo Stilton at home and he could identify the four mice in the show - Geronimo, Thea, Trapp and Benjamin.


When we got home that night, while Richard was helping Ryan to scrub those sideburns off, Ryan told Richard, "Thank you for my surprise, daddy. I like my surprise very much." Aww.

The next day, Ryan went to preschool in costume. He also brought a souvenir from the Geronimo Stilton show and he kept talking about the show, which confused everyone because everyone was wondering how the show was related to his costume. When I picked him up after school, Ryan told me,  "Everyone thought I'm a superhero but I told them that I'm an Elvis Presley." Hahaha! Of course, I would be surprised if any of his friends know who Elvis is!

It was a little ironic because, when I made the shirt and pants in November for Zoukidisco, I was aiming for John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever but people assumed that he was Elvis. Now that I am aiming for Elvis, he gets superhero instead!

Well, I am happy that Ryan absolutely loves the costume. After school, he insisted on wearing it for the rest of the day, even putting it back on after his afternoon bath. Well worth the effort, I'd say.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Snippets of last week

I have been very busy lately, hence the patchy blogging. Life is hectic, happy and mostly good. Our cat, Tiger, is in the hospital again so that's the not-so-good part. Tiger is an old man now and with old age, comes more health issues. Hope he gets well soon. 

We are going on a long holiday next week - we are off to Mauritius! An old friend is getting married and he invited us to his engagement party there. We've never been to Mauritius and we are very much looking forward to it!

Ok, this is going to be a quick run-down of last week's happenings, Sunday to Saturday. It was a good week, full of lovely happy moments. With two of these little people running around you all the time, life is always good.

This was Sunday morning (two Sundays ago). Ryan was off to his swim class and babydoll wanted to go "shimming" too. She got all dressed up, as you can see.


Shichida on Sunday afternoon (again, two Sundays ago). We have withdrawn both the littles from Shichida so this is their last term. Last Sunday, we skipped class and we will also be skipping the next two classes because of our Mauritius trip. I know I mentioned that I would write about Shichida and why we are withdrawing. I'll do that soon, but probably not very soon, haha.



Babydoll also finished up the term with Julia Gabriel Bilingual Playclub. She wore an octopus costume for the last class - didn't get photos, will try to snap some and share. She will be doing one more term and that will be the last.

Bedtime stories with Richard. This book is called The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen. It is babydoll's current favourite book - she will ask for it every night. It's about a fish who is sad and depressed because he's got a pout. He goes around spreading "dreary-wearies all over the place". One day, when he's upside down, he realises that his pout is actually a smile and he becomes a happy fish. One day, I told Ryan (when he was having an extended whine), "You're making people angry like the pout-pout fish!" and he told me, "No, the pout-pout fish is different - when I whine, people get angry; when the pout-pout fish is around, people get sad." Heh heh. Good point. Anyway, I told him that it's the same with anger and sadness and happiness and all those emotions, so he needs to be careful what he spreads to others. He understood that, so now when he's having a bit of a whine, I sometimes tell him, "Don't be a pout-pout fish!", and he'll snap right out of it.


Ryan started doing golf once a week in a group. This was the first lesson. He looked at the board and said, "That's a lot of safety rules..."


There was no school on Friday and we went to Mita's house in the morning. Mita is a talented photographer and she shot some photos of the littles (free of charge!). Will share them when I receive the copies. (These photos you see here are my own amateur phone photos.)





Next photo - this was dinner on Saturday night. The littles are playing a game while waiting for our food to arrive. We do allow iPad at the dinner table. It's not a standard feature - we don't set it up on purpose everytime we eat. Usually it's a flow-on from the pre-meal stage, meaning Ryan is already playing with it before we sit down for a meal so we let him carry on. If he's not on the iPad when we sit down for our meal, then that's the way it stays.

Although we never initiate iPad time, I actually think it's good for him to have the iPad when we dine in busy and crowded places. Some places can be over stimulating and unsettling so, if he has his iPad, he can watch his familiar videos or play his favourite games and tune out the external distractions. (Of course, if you really don't like the iPad, you can always bring a book or a toy - we've done that too.)


All right then. More tomorrow. Peace out. Or in babydoll's case, Peaces Out.


Friday, September 5, 2014

Some sweetness for the weekend


Today is a school holiday for Ryan because it's Teacher's Day. It's the first time that his preschool is having a holiday for Teacher's Day. In previous years, they didn't have a Teacher's Day on their calendar! Same thing for Children's Day. 

Richard is off to KL on business for the day and I'm taking the littles for a photoshoot in the morning. Busy busy busy. Hopefully we'll get some rest over the weekend - we're all coughing at the moment, partly because of the weather and partly because of lack of rest and partly because we are all sharing one bed at night. Yes, four of us in a king-sized bed every night. It's still roomy because babydoll sleeps on top of everyone, so she doesn't take up space on the mattress, hahaha.

Do you like babydoll's outfit? I made it! I've been dreaming of this dress for a while. I've still got some variations of it in my head that I want to sew up. This version is made from chiffon with a knit lining. I love it! The basic pattern is called the Persimmon Dress by Mouse House Creations for Willow & Co Patterns. 

Enjoy the rest of the photos and have a great weekend!





Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Last week's happenings


Last week was a mish-mash of good stuff. The kids had some interesting experiences, I spent a lot of happy time with my sewing machine and Richard, well, Richard worked hard, hahaha. Richard got a big promotion at work a couple of months back and these things don't come free, eh?

Ok, let's go through the photos. Here's babydoll. She's ... looking at an ant. Hahaha! She's wearing a dress made by me. It is made from bamboo knit - it is so soft, I love it. The pattern is the PlayDay dress by Heidi and Finn. I made one size larger than her usual but I think it's TOO large. It looks like a nightgown and it keeps slipping off her shoulders. I'll probably make another, better-fitting, one.


My two masterpieces. How come I can make only one version?!


Have you come across these? Giant puzzle blocks at Waterloo Centre. There are three sets. Ryan loves them. 



On Thursday, we went to watch a stage performance by The Players Theatre called "Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical", which is based on the book by Mo Willems called "Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale". Richard was in KL on business that day, so it was just me and the two littles. Suz arranged the tickets for us - she was so sweet to think of us - and it was really good to see her and her two sweeties that day.

Babydoll was keen to copy her brother - she sat like a big girl on her own seat. She paid rapt attention throughout the show, although she didn't show much expression - concentrating hard! Ryan enjoyed the performance very much as well. Having read the book, I guess he must have found it interesting to watch the story come to life on stage. After the show he pointed out a scene which didn't appear in the book - "I didn't know that the daddy went into the washing machine and fought with the crazy clothes?" Hah! He was definitely paying attention!



On Friday, we visited Mita at her beautiful house in Mount Pleasant Road. This is (part of) her backyard.


Ryan asked me to get a playhouse like that for him too. I said, "Sure...!"




On Saturday, we had two birthday parties! Both were Frozen-themed! The first one was at La Barca Ristorante at Goodman Arts Centre where this photo was taken. It was Ryan's schoolmate's birthday and I think he had a good time catching up with some of his friends. His K1 class was split into two when the preschool rearranged the students for K2 this year and most of the kids that he was close to were allocated to a different class from his. 


The second party was for a pair of twins, who are the daughters of our old university mates. I sewed up these mini tote bags for them. Cute? They are pretty small, but you can fit an iPad Mini into them (that's my iPad Mini in the last photo).



That's all!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Random updates


We are finally settling into a routine now, after our eventful summer. Priority is to get the littles back on to a reasonable bedtime. Their bedtime went haywire because of all the travelling that we did over the past two months. Now that we're not travelling and Ryan has to wake up early for preschool, he needs his beauty sleep and yes, the adults need their rest too!

Ryan is not currently working on any modelling/acting jobs but there are still many modelling/acting related events on his schedule. Aside from castings, he is doing some photoshoots to update his portfolio plus he has a catwalk party next week. Here he was at a casting, filling up his casting sheet.



Babydoll continues to amaze us at every turn. She always has something cheeky and funny to share. She's always cool, always confident and always curious. She's at the stage where she wants to do everything herself: "I'll show you!" and "I'll do it!" are common refrains. She's got style too - she says, "Hey guys!" and "No way!" and "Hello there!" and "Sure!"


I love capturing moments when the two littles are together. They don't get along all the time of course - both of them are still learning social skills - but in general, they're good together.






Richard and I had a date night two Fridays ago when he was invited to Creatory. The event was a gathering of local talent from various fields - food and beverage, fashion, music, art, etc - housed in an eight storey factory building. We went on Friday, which was set aside for invited guests only. The event was open to the public on Saturday and Sunday (23-24 August). Here are some photos from the event!





That's all for now. More updates tomorrow!

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