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The Bird Bird and the Bees

April 2, 2012 by Dad | 1 Comment | Filed in The Thing About Life

The following is part of a telephone conversation overheard by my colleague and her husband during a family dinner, between their 7-year-old son and his classmate, while a Channel 8 drama was showing on TV. Boy: “Eh, ask you something. When you see the kissing scene in the show, does your bird-bird stand up?” Mother […]

Everybody is Kung Fu Fightin’ (Update: Except My Son)

March 19, 2012 by Dad | 3 Comments | Filed in The Thing About Life

Update: Project “Donnie Yen” didn’t pan out for Xander. To be fair, Sinowushu is a very disciplined school; their Tanjong Katong training centre is also very fittingly set in an assembly hall in the midst of the former TKGS buildings. They regularly churn out national champions in the competitive sport, and their students thoroughly impressed […]

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What Your Parents Want

March 5, 2012 by Dad | 1 Comment | Filed in The Thing About Life

Over the weekend, the greatest accomplishment I have achieved with you was making you write the X in your name. Your mother is much better at this; her greatest accomplishment the same weekend was getting you to go to Settings and recognise the word General on an iPad. She’s still trying to figure out how to make you recognise Brightness and Wallpaper.

Fear and Courage

February 27, 2012 by Dad | 3 Comments | Filed in The Thing About Life

Around bedtime… Me: Daddy will tell you a story. have you heard of the Three Little Pigs? Xan: No. Me: Okay, Once upon a time… One pig later… Me: … and the big bad wolf said, I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your… Xan: Daddy, I don’t want this story. I scared. Dear […]

The Best Defence

February 20, 2012 by Dad | 2 Comments | Filed in The Thing About Life

One night, just before falling asleep… Xander: Daddy, protect me. Me: Protect you? How? Xander: Like this (puts one arm around bolster) and like this (puts the other arm around bolster). … And he snuggled in and fell asleep in my arms. Dear Xander, It is only natural for your parents to worry for you, […]

Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2012 by Dad | 2 Comments | Filed in The Thing About Life

In view of your current experience (5 girls and counting over the last 2 years), your age (3 years and counting) and the number of aunties that want to marry their daughters off to you, I think it prudent to give you a couple of tips to get you on track.

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The 2nd Greatest Mystery of the Universe

February 6, 2012 by Dad | 2 Comments | Filed in The Thing About Life

The Y-factor is exactly what makes the co-existence of men and women so frustrating, yet it is also the one thing that makes the pursuit of women of such interest, if not excitement, of many men.

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Family Squabbles

January 30, 2012 by Dad | 5 Comments | Filed in The Thing About Life

You need to know that we never mean to argue in front of you; for that matter, we never mean to argue. I would also like to assure you that no matter what your mother and I are arguing about, it is not your fault. Your mother and I have very strong characters; it is a big part of why I married your mother in the first place, and it continues to be why I love her.

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The Economics of Chinese New Year

January 23, 2012 by Dad | 1 Comment | Filed in The Thing About Life

For the next 15-20 years, this will probably be your favourite holiday of the year; you get 2 days off school (or work) for the price of 1 holiday, the snacks and food are nothing short of a royal feast, you get to run from one place to another visiting everyone, and this time of year, people are giving out free money.

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