Job Tips from Captain Dazzle

I’m going back to work tomorrow (in an office! /gasp/) and I hope I’ll be as amazing at my job as Edmund Khong aka Captain Dazzle who patiently created balloon sculptures for the kids at Fidgets indoor playground this afternoon. Stephen thought Captain Dazzle was “super awesome.”

Captain Dazzle Captain Dazzle with his Elmo balloon creation

Here’s what I learned from Captain Dazzle about doing a good job:

  1. Captain Dazzle knows how to prioritize. He knew exactly who was next even though the kids were often clustered around him out of line and cutting in front of each other.
  2. Captain Dazzle is creative. The balloon sculptures he made were amazing including one called the “twister” that consisted of a long clear balloon twisted around another colored balloon. Inside the clear balloon was a small balloon ball that rolls from top to bottom when you invert the twister. Genius.
  3. Captain Dazzle keeps the kids’ needs in mind. Even though the kids were plenty entertained watching him make the balloon sculptures, he also asked the next kid in line what sculpture s/he wanted and what color. Then he would ask the kid to hold the uninflated balloons to get ready for being next. Anticipation!
  4. Captain Dazzle has a great sense of humor and never stopped smiling.
  5. Captain Dazzle is not afraid to be himself. Just check out those big red shoes!
  6. Captain Dazzle works hard. He stayed at least a half hour longer than he was supposed to and kept making balloons for the kids because they wouldn’t stop asking.

Thanks, Captain Dazzle! We were really lucky to have bumped into you.

FYI, Captain Dazzle is at Fidgets on Wednesdays starting at 3:30 pm.


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Just found this drawing Stephen made earlier in the year. Guess I’ll keep him after all. ;)

Note the sling-wearing worm mama and her babies.


Playpen as a Special Treat

In a 1943 edition of the Spokane Daily Herald, Myrtle Meyer Eldred touted the benefits of playpens: "Not only is the child free of possible physical injury but his behavior is not subjected to constant punishment, since what he does in his guarded play-place does not annoy the parent."

via How the playpen fell out of favor by Tom Vanderbilt, Slate Magazine


I use the playpen so sparingly (mostly when I need to go to the bathroom or cook) that my kids think it’s a special treat to be allowed in one!


Blueberry Buckle

My mother-in-law came home with three boxes of blueberries last week. What else to do but make Blueberry Buckle?

Another successful and easy recipe from All Recipes. Very nice served with sour cream.

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My Personalized Numerology Report

Part of a Bobbi Brown makeover I did a couple of weeks ago. Most of it is gobbledygook but it is surprisingly insightful in some areas.

Your Life Path is 31/4 

Though not an idealist, you are willing to work for a better world in a realistic way. However, you can be rigid in your ideas and sometimes too quick in judging your fellow man. You are loyal to those you love and work well with others. . It is important that while being part of a team you have your own responsibility and well- defined task, you perform better when your responsibilities are not overlapping with those of others. You have to be careful not to be bossy and rude. You possess rare discipline and perseverance and not everyone can keep up with you.


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Wedding Photos of the Bizarre

My own wedding photos are nothing spectacular but it doesn’t compare to these weird miniature bride set-ups from South Korea. Personally, I prefer to think of myself as an equal to my husband rather than a tiny little plaything.

mini bride 

via Jezebel

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Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

August 2009

Finally got around to making these beyooootiful cinnamon rolls (recipe at All Recipes) topped with a touch of cream cheese frosting. Had to add an extra cup of flour to account for Singapore’s humid and hot climate. Otherwise, the dough would have been more like super sticky batter instead of bouncy dough.

Totally exhausted now. Baking dough-based treats is hard work!


The Boy Who Cried Wolf at the Singapore Repertory Theatre


Stephen and I took in our first play in Singapore this morning and it was a blast. We went to see The Boy Who Cried Wolf, a simple 50 minute play with only 3 cast members. The children were all excited to be there and joined in heartily with the singing and shouting.

The Big Bad Wolf is behind you!!

Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf, the Big Bad Wolf, the Big Bad Wolf? Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf, tra la la la la laaaa.

As you can see in the picture, Stephen was given a pair of sheep ears to wear. He cheerfully put them on but quickly took them off when the Big Bad Wolf started going on about how much he loved to eat sheep. Stephen also declined to wear the white jacket he brought with him to ward off the chill in the theater because the Big Bad Wolf might mistaken him for a sheep! Guess the Big Bad Wolf played his part convincingly. He certainly was my favorite character with his silly prancing around and funny antics.

5 stars and highly recommended!

The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Presented by SRT’s The Little Company
DBS Arts Centre – Home of SRT
30 Jul – 12 Sep 2009    
Recommended for 2 – 6 year-olds.

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Grateful to be Alive!

With Help, Conductor and Wife Ended Lives

LONDON — The controversy over the ethical and legal issues surrounding assisted suicide for the terminally ill was thrown into stark relief on Tuesday with the announcement that one of Britain’s most distinguished orchestra conductors, Sir Edward Downes, had flown to Switzerland last week with his wife and joined her in drinking a lethal cocktail of barbiturates provided by an assisted-suicide clinic.

NY Times, July 14, 2009

Reading this story made me feel so sad. Why didn’t Sir Edward want to spend more time with his children and grandchildren? Wasn’t there anything in his life worth living for even without his beloved wife?

I can’t say I’m always high and giddy on life but I’ve never once thought I’d like to cut it short.

I’m grateful that I didn’t miss my family’s visit to Singapore in May.

I’m grateful that I got to listen to Stephen talk about how he loves everyone in his family and that he wished we could all live together in a big house that he’d paint white so it would be like we lived in the White House.

I’m grateful that I got to catch Megan as she toddled back and forth between Marv and me while she held aloft a remote control in her left hand.

I’m grateful for the chuckle I had earlier after Marv made a choice quip with perfect timing.

I’m grateful to be here yesterday, today, and tomorrow.


Parenting How-To Videos

The New York Times says people are finding success with how-to videos teaching people how to fix leaky faucets, survive a bear attack, etc. Here’s a few I could produce for parents if anyone’s interested:

How to…

…tune out whining and complaining (from anyone of any age)
…wash a poopy bottom (the kids’ that is)
…get kids to sleep in less than 5 minutes
…resist junk food in the house
…keep flat surfaces clear of clutter

Any other requests?

Here’s one from Howcast on “how to deal with a screaming child while shopping”