Thursday, June 9, 2011

Juan Or's 3rd Birthday

This is an outdated post, but still not more than a month after celebrating his 3rd birthday! ^_^


His paternal Grandpa and Grandma, and his Third Aunty and Uncle (from My Little Sprouts!) already gave him his birthday present on the day of his lunar birthdate which is a few days earlier than his Gregorian birthdate (but Papa and Mommy only celebrates on his Gregorian birthdate). As usual, 'patience' and 'wait' are not in Juan Or's vocabulary, so he had already opened Grandpa's and Grandma's present which is 'The Jungle Book".

Here are the birthday messages.

The next day, Juan Or pestered Mommy to let him open the present given by his Third Aunty and Uncle. Actually Mommy kept that present high up on the fridge top because it was meant to be opened on his birthday. And boy, he really pestered Mommy very hard and very pitifully! In the end, Mommy gave in (*What to do?*). 

It's a choo-choo train book - his favourite!

Not just that, it's a pop-out book with lots of interesting nook and cranny to peep, touch, hold and feel!

Then, a day before his birthday, the babysitter gave him a Ben10 watch present which is what he is crazy of.

The babysitter also helped passed a book present from Juan Or's Second Uncle.

On the birthday (12th May 2011)

Mommy left office early that day to pick Juan Or up from the babysitter's house and go home to cook dinner first before doing the birthday celebration. However, before stopping at the babysitter's house, Mommy went to collect the Scholastic books that Mommy had ordered through UCSI's kindergarten. The books are presents from Mommy regardless of whether it's Juan Or's birthday or not. ^_^

These were what Mommy cooked for dinner.....

 .....assam chye (big mustard with chicken stewed in tamarind water and light soya sauce), which Mommy had already started cooking very early in the morning before going to work,........

......ladies fingers stir-fried with bird's eye chillies.....

.....and a soup dish - small bitter gourd soup with Chinese wolfberries and potato. Actually Mommy had wanted to use red dates instead of the wolfberries, but don't know how, Mommy just couldn't find the red dates from the food cabinet! The potatoes were purposely boiled together in the soup to add bulk (when mashed) into Juan Or's rice later.

Since Juan Or was very eager to have his birthday cake, Mommy made it a rule to him that he must finish his proper dinner food first before taking the cake out..... and he obediently did! ^_^

After that, Mommy guided him to 'cut' the cake.


A day after his birthday celebration, Mommy allowed him to open a new Thomas and Friends choo-choo train playset - Thomas and the Jet Engine set, which Mommy bought from a previous Litt Tak Warehouse Sale in March 2011.

A few days later, Aunty Mamarazzi from Small Kucing dropped by to give Juan Or his birthday present. Of course in this case, he didn't have to wait anymore to open his birthday present!

It's a ukulele! Don't know how or why, but his first instinct was to play it like a steel guitar - the kind of guitar where the player plays it horizontally across the knees and sliding one metal piece on the strings.

Then he started to handle the ukulele roughly and so got scolding from Mommy! That's why the sour face here......

Not just that, just because there's a hole right in the middle of the instrument, he has to take his odd and ends, bits and pieces of his toys to throw inside the hole! *Slap forehead!* Or perhaps he has his own idea of making a percussion instrument out of a ukulele? Anyway, perhaps one day Juan Or can get together with Small Kucing and do a jamming session! ^_^


Sheoh Yan said...

Lots of pressies for Juan Or. I was drooling over the chocolate cake.

Hayley said...

Wow, got pre, actual and post birthday somemore, hehe, such a lucky boy!

Small Kucing said...

wa..very tasty asam chye

LOL...Juan Or treat as Ukelele ah? J put as Cello..turn turn turn till the bottom also color come off.

Alice Phua said...

Sheoh Yan,'s a Secret Recipe chocolate cake.

Hayley, hehehe...yes, I have to admit, he has a better life than me in childhood.

Small Kucing, it's my first time cooking assam chye and I'm very happy it was a success as in my hubby loves it immediately upon first the recipe from my mum. LOL, different kids have different ways of playing it! ^_^

yvonne said...

Hey, happy belated birthday to Juan Or!

Wait... is assam chye equivalent to chai buay? It definitely looks heavenly delicious *sniffing in progress*

Iriene said...

Happy Belated Birthday Juan Or!
I like the ChooChoo Train book too, very interesting!

Shenny's mommy said...

Happy belated birthday, Juan Or.

Alice Phua said...

Yvonne, thanks! Ya, I think so some people call it chai buay or some even call it chap chai.

Iriene, thanks! Hehe...I love the book too - the pop-outs are very detailed.

Shenny's mommy, thanks!

cheeyee said...

Happy Belated Birthday to Juan Or! Hehe seems like he got lots of books as his birthday pressie. :)

Alice Phua said...

Cheeyee, thanks! Yes, this time is mostly book present. :-)

ChloeRuoyi said...

Happy belated birthday to Juan Or! The Scholastic books are quite a good buy. I get the catalogue every now and then from Chloe's kindy too. Was the bittergourd soup bitter? I boiled that once and Chloe didn't want to drink it but I forced her to hehe *evil mum*

Alice Phua said...

ChloeRuoyi, thanks! Yes, the soup is very bitter. My hubby gave up drinking it after a few spoons. FOr me, the bitterness is tolerable becos i love bitter gourd. As for Juan Or, I added a few scoops of the soup to soak his rice, the rest of the wetness for his rice comes from the assam chai gravy to help counter the bitter taste...scared in case he vomits after tasting too much bitterness.

Alice Law said...

LOL, now we keep sumbat Juan Or with mountains of books,hopefully in the future he will shine with all the knowledge you prep earlier and make you proud!^^

Alice Phua said...

Alice Law, thanks! :-)