Monday, October 31, 2005
Halloween Scary Story
Since it's halloween, I will be a good host and tell you a good "scary" story.

Five years ago, John and I were living in an apartment. The master bedroom has a walk-in closet. I was standing there hanging clothes. Then I turned and ready to leave, I saw this person with Jason's mask on, standing completely still right outside of the closet. For a split second, I was totally, utterly scaried out of mind. And the person with the mask saw my reacation, probably my face turned white. He immediately pulled off the mask, and it was JOHN.

I wanted to kill him then. But now I think back, it was pretty funny. I would have pulled the same prank on him.

The moral of the story is a good prank/punk is always good, but don't ever do it when the wife is pregnant.

Happy Halloween

10 Best Scary Movies

This is supposed to be done tomorrow, but the subject is more appropriate for today.

I love scary movies. This is going to be tough, there are so many good scary movies out there.

(in no particular order)
1) Shinning
2) House on Haunted Hill (1959 & 1999)
3) Psycho (1960)
4) Silence of the Lamb
5) Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
6) A Nightmare on Elm Street
7) The Ring
8) Pet Sematary
9) Hellraiser
10) The Omen

I was browsing the net and came to top 100 scariest movies listed by Bravo. Jaw, Alien, and Exorcist are the top 3 on their list. Strangely I don't find neither of the three movies scary.

Saturday, October 29, 2005
The feeling is mutual

Friday Five
It's a day late, but nonetheless

1. If you had all the money in the world and could choose to own anything, what you would get and why?
A private island. Because I don't have to deal with stupid people, and no one can bother me.

2. If you were to do something that scares you, what would it be?
Sky diving.

3. What was your first pet?
A white cat named Mimi.

4. What’s the farthest you’ve traveled?

5. If you were a season, which one would you be and why?
Spring or fall. Nice weather. Then again, it's fall here, but feels like summer still.

Extra one: If you were a song, which one would you be and why?
No idea.

Thursday, October 27, 2005
Shoes Shopping
I was at DSW Shoes yesterday. I wasn't paying attention first, but after five minutes browsing shoes, I noticed that the store was playing 80's Heavy Metal. HAH. I find it extremely amusing, expecially with songs like "Girls Girls Girls" by Montley Crue and "Hot for Teacher" by Van Halen. Man, I can't believe I used to listen to heavy metal all the time in high school. I'm sure my parents loved me for that.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Check-Up Update
Yesterday A. had her 12-month check-up. The appointment was for 11am, we didn't get out there until 12:30. Grr, her pediatrician's office is always so busy, we never get to see her on-time.

She now weighs 23lbs 6 oz, and 30" long. She has slowed down on gaining weight, still around the 85 percentile. Even though she weighs 23lbs, she sure feels heavier than that, I think I'm development some upper arm musucles from holding her. HAH.

Poor baby had three shots and a TB test. They put small bandaid on her after the shots. Guess what I found in her mouth when I went to get her today after her nap? A bandaid!

On the other hand I'm extremely lucky that both of my kids never get sick after their shots and teething. (knock on wood) And I feel extra lucky that both of them started to sleep through the night around 2 months. And if you haven't noticed, I'm bragging here. :)

Saturday, October 22, 2005
Happy Birthday A.
Today Amber turned one. I can't believe it. How time flies!

She's getting really big, is able to take small steps by holding onto the edge of the coffee table, sofa, etc. It won't be long that the good ole days are over. HAH.

We had a small party for her, all relatives, plus her Godmother. It was fun, caught up with cousins, aunts and uncles. We usually have birthday party around lunch time, but for her it was in the late afternoon, consider her nap is usually from 1-3pm. I don't think it would have gone well if the party was during her nap time, we would have had one cranky baby on our hand. She got lots of cute clothes and money. The best gifts of all were from her cousin E., Little Tykes Discovers Sounds Kitchen and Little Tykes Melody Beads™ Piano. She started playing with them the moment she laid her hands on them.

Monday, October 17, 2005
Scary Shit
I just went through one of the scariest 5 minutes of my life. As I was driving around 2pm this afternoon to pick up my boy, a Hail Storm hit. Hard rocks of snow/hail just kept coming down. There were no visibilities, I had to pull over for my safty and safty of my daughter, and to wait it out. It came down hard for 5 minutes but felt like eternity. I felt like the hail would put a hole on my car, but it didn't. Finally it died down a bit, I was able to drive away unharmed.

I wish I had my camera with me. It was both scary and amazing at the same time. This kind of weather just does not happen in Los Angeles.

Thursday, October 13, 2005
Kiki tagged me, so here it goes. It took me a while to do this, as I had to dig back memory lane to find the answers.

The Task: Choose a band/artist and answer ONLY IN SONG TITLES by that band/artist

My artist/band is Simply Red. I think it's apporiate, since I use it as my user name on a lot of places.

Are you male or female: Ghetto Girl
Describe yourself: Let Me Have It All
How do some people feel about you: So Beautiful
How do you feel about yourself: The Spirit Of Life
Describe what you want to be: More
Describe how you live: Home Loan Blues
Describe how you love: You Make Me Feel Brand New
Share a few words of wisdom: The Sky Is A Gypsy

I tag Xinh, and anyone else who wants to do it.

Did I oversleep?
JE's school ends at 2:25pm everyday, but in order to get a close street parking around the school, I have to leave the house around 1:50 to get a decent parking.

Yesterday afternoon I was lying on the sofa reading a book, then I dozed off. It was about 1pm when I dozed off I think. I didn't know how long I slept, I was awaken by A's crying from her waking up from her nap. I was still a bit dazed, so when I looked at the time on the TV, it showed 2:30. I totally freaked out. I was late picking up JE. Did the school call? What would happen to him? But I calmed myself down a little bit, and on close insepction I noticed it was only 1:30. Pheww, what a relief.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005
I don't know about other parents, but I know we are strange and indecisive when it comes to our kids' development.

Up until A.'s 10th month, she never crawled, just rolled around to get to where she needed to go. Of course I was a bit worried, not a lot, just a little. Because JE was a late crawler too. Then suddently within a month, she not only crawled, she crawls super fast. She also starts to pull herself up on coffee table, sofa. I think she will probably start walking with help in a month or so.

Before I can't wait for her to crawl and walk. Now I want her to slow down, can't keep up with her. With JE I worked, he was in daycare during the day, so I never knew how hard it was trying to keep up with a baby. I am exhausted. It doesn't help that I go to bed at 1am or 2am.

Whoever said staying-at-home-moms and dads are one of the hardest job ain't kidding.

On the dishwasher front, I can't emphasize how quiet it is and how much I love it. I turned it on, I had to do a double-check to see if it really was on. Becasue unlike our old one, I could not even hear the water running.

Sunday, October 09, 2005
Sleep Over
We went to San Diego Zoo on Saturday afternoon for their Spooky Sleepover. Basically we stay overnight at the zoo camp.

We got to the zoo around 4:25pm. Most people have already left the zoo, so it was really fun to have the zoo all by ourselves. Well, with other 20 plus people.

- Checked in, got our Spooky Sleepover t-shirts.
- JE made an owl bag for trick n' treat at night time.
- Took a 40-minute bus tour around the zoo.
- Got to the camp site, had dinner.
- Settled in our tent. (There is whole another story involving the tent I will mention later)
- Did some sing alongs around the camp fire.
- Went critter/trick n' treating. JE got some goodies. Had fun at Children's Zoo with Dr Zoolittle.
- Very tired by then (around 9pm), but JE wanted to go on for the nighttime walking tour, so we did around the cat canyon.
- It was abwhole new experience seeing the animals at night time. If not for the guide and other people around me, it was pretty spooky.
- Got back to the camp ground. Went immdeiately to sleep. At least tried to.
- Didn't sleep well. Not enough padding. Back hurt.

- Woke up with camp hair, but no shower. Had to do with a cap.
- Had breakfast.
- Packed all gears.
- JE decorated a pumkin.
- Made treats for elephants.
- Went to see elephants and see them enjoying the treats.
- Picked up gears in the parking lot.
- Went back to the zoo to spend some more time until after lunch.
- Drove home but got into traffic. Got stuck for half an hour, but still managed to get home in two hours.

Overall it was a lot of fun. Next time when A. is four will go back and do it again. Will get an air mattress instead though. Not fun sleeping with lack of padding. Will bring our own tent, their tent isn't big enough for four people.

As for the tent incident. Well, I booked a tent on Thursday. The lady at their education dept promised me a tent, I even saw the charge went through on the credit card on Saturday morning. But guess what? We got there, there was no tent with our name on it! We were not the only one with no tent. There was another lady there with her daughter didn't get a tent even though she was promised one too. One of the staff had to give up their tent for us. But staff each has their own tent! So beside the tent incident, otherwise we had a really fun time. If you have kids at least 4 years old and live near or at San Diego, it's definetely a fun activity to do.

Friday, October 07, 2005
Like father like son
You ask why I am up at 3am? Well, it was all thanks to my son. I don't know if you ever played Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. In the single player's Campaign part, there are ten levels for the 2nd Human Campaign. My son just completed the 10th level tonight on one go! That is why I'm up at this hour playing the 3rd campaign that he has opened up for me.

I was utterly amazed when I saw him completed that level. If you have played it, you know how hard it is to play it? It took me ages and I couldn't pass it. All I can say is that he has inherited his dad's game playing ability, and his singing skill. (that's another story for another time)

Now time for bed. *yawn*

Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Target anyone?
Target is one of my favorite stores, I go there at least once a week. I just found this blog from another blog: Slave to Target. it's about all the scoops of Target products. How cool is that?

Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Doing the happy dance
We got a new dishwasher, we got a new dishwasher. I love it. It is so quiet compared to our old one.

Monday, October 03, 2005
Want to buy something?
Well, you can't. But what I can say is that we JE has successfully completed his first fund-raising for his school (aka getting relatives, co-workers, and friends to buy items from a catalog). We He collected over $200, thanks to John's co-workers, my parents, Xinh, and us of course. What does he get in return? Maybe a pizza party for his class if they can collect more than the other kinder class. I was really surprised but happy that eleven of John's co-workers ordered. I would be very happy even two people ordered. But the result was good. And it was a last minute thing too, since I have forgotten he was supposed to turn in the order form and money today. So John had to get everyone to contribute by 9am, so he could email me the order details. Even though he brought the catalog in all last week, of course no one wanted to order until the last minute.

Man, this kinder business is getting expensive. I thought public school is free? Let me straighten out for you. It's free of tuition, but you still have to write out tons of checks for lunch, PTA, Scholastic books, gift certificates once a while, and of course the fund raising that was just finished. But it's all good, since all those checks are helping out school. I have written more checks in the three weeks since kinder started than in a whole year.

We also have a big event, surprise to everyone else coming our way near Thanksgiving. I can't write it about just in case those involved read my blog. I do not think so, but just in case. We are all very excited. It is very hard to keep the secret. Just hope my parents won't get heartattacks when we show them the surprise.

Saturday, October 01, 2005
No more kids, for an evening
This afternoon/evening we went to a wedding reception in Pasadena. It was the first adult function we have been to in five years (not counting going out for lunch/dinner with friends). It was quite nice having adult conversations, not having screaming/demanding kids around, able to eat food in one hit, and most of all wine and more wine.

I was a bit buzzed, probably due to the fact that I have not had much alcohol intake for a long long time, my tolerance level has dropped.

Tomorrow we get to sleep in. Kids are staying overnight at parents'. Then hoepfully we will finish painting the remaining stairway and A's room.

Friday Five
1. What kind of computer do you have? (Mac, iBook, Dell, etc.)
It's a PC. It's not any specific brand. John built it for me with some kick ass stuff in it, like 80 Gig hardrive.

2. How old is it? Are you happy with it?
It's about 3 years old. And yes I'm very happy about it, because not only he constantly adding memory and upgrading for me, I also got a 17" flat-panel monitor this year.

3. How many computers are in your household? (at home if you are away at school)
3 desktops and 1 laptop.

4. What are your favorite games/timewasters on your computer?
Blogging and reading other people's blogs. Playing games like Warcraft III, Diner Dash, and Conquerors.

5. If money were no object, what kind of computer would you like to have?
An iBook.