Saturday, September 12, 2015

I'm back! Long post ahead with photos of my 3 kiddos (you read it right..Three!) and baking! ENJOY!

My last post was last year! WOW! Let me just wipe off them 2inch layer of dust from this blogspot of mine. Hahaha..

Hope that this post finds everyone healthy and happy!

I've been blogging on Dayre every day .(Ok.. almost every day cos I do get quite busy with everything happening in life.)
Click on the link if you would like to know what has been happening.

Quite a pain to be reading more than 365 days of entry actually. So I shall sum it up here.

What have I been up to?

Firstly, I've relocated. Currently in Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia. Following my husband in his call of duties.
At first it seems like a dread because I know nobody.
But thanx to Dayre, I've made some friends who are living/from Miri and from then on, let's just say.. I'm truly blessed.

It does get lonely for me sometimes. But I do stay in touch with my sister, my mum and my besties (only a handful of them but they are the best!!!) , so after chatting nonsense with all of them, I don't feel so bad anymore.

Helped the kids settle down and Baby #4 came!
If you think I didn't blog about Making Baby #4, I did! but on my Dayre .

The Dayre community were so nice that they were camping through my 10days contraction and on the day that I was admitted to deliver our baby girl (yes!it's a girl!) , they were just awesome supporters!

and of course, naturally, most of them became fans of the girl.

And in Dayre, she's known as FJ or Fluffeh.

Why?

Because she IS Fluffeh! 
Hahhaa.. Well, the nickname Fluffy Jr was given by James when I was carrying her. Then it became too much trouble to be typing "Fluffy Jr" everytime I blog on Dayre. So I shorten it to FJ and then somehow she's called Fluffeh cos she's fluffeh. hahahaha.. 
Ya..not a very interesting "how you get your nickname?" story. :D


Lucas adores her. 

So does James.

She's truly blessed to have two elder brothers going "You are so cute, I wanna kiss you all day and night!" which makes us, parents go "GENTLE AH! she's still small!" "Gentle ah gentle." 
Hhahahaa.. Any parents here share our sentiments? ;)

FAST FORWARD!

She's now 7 months old!
ooops...blur photo...

Ahh..a better one.
but she's usually with a "WHAT YOU LOOKING AT?" face..

Like this...
Yup.. this is her standard look.

You get semi-happy face like this when you snap a photo at the right time.

And you will need two adults or another kiddo running around doing silly stuff to get this kind of smile. 
Hahahaha...

Besides taking care of 3 kiddos..

I've been baking. 
Before you go "WAH! YI LEI! you so power! go to a land you know nobody also can bake ah!"
I have God to thank for this cos it really wasn't in my plan when we moved here. My job was to really just take care of the kids and see how things goes.

But it was God's plan to have me meet the owner of a cafe here and things has never been better since!

I'm currently baking for a cafe named Brewhouse. It's located in Permaisuri Imperial Mall, Miri.
If any of you are from/visiting Miri, do go grab a cup of coffee from Brewhouse and have a slice of cake/Brownies or some butter cookies or Chocolate Tarts made by yours truly.

Here are some of the cakes that I've baked so far for Brewhouse and individual orders..

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cake.

Nutty Chocolate Oreo Tarts.
(The nuts are caramalized with Salted Gula Melaka)

Rainbow Cake!

One of the best sellers at Brewhouse:
Green Tea Cake with Matcha Cream Cheese Frosting

The other crowd favourite..

Red Velvet Cake.


Chocolate Chip Brownies
(which is available at Brewhouse on a daily basis)

Lemon Cake

I made Durian Cake for fun cos it's the Durian season.

The latest flavour that we introduced at Brewhouse:
Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Cake
(just..so..gooooddd...)


I've also participated in Curtin University's Club Open Day.
Thanx to Brewhouse for lending me their manpower.
Otherwise, how on earth can I be at one place for two days for 7 hours straight?
With three kids.. impossible unless I bring them along.
Haha..

So ya, that's the baking summary. Quite short actually but I have so much to update, can't tell more. You can check out my Facebook Page: Cikumuffin's Kitchen
for updates on the cakes available at Brewhouse.
And if you are in Miri and would like to other a whole cake, do drop me a message via my page or you can drop me an email at the.ciku.muffin@gmail.com

I've also decided to take a sabbatical from blogging on Dayre...

WHY???!?? Cos typing on the laptop is more fun! hahaha.. kidding kidding.
cos I realised that it does take up some of my time and I need to devote more time to my second son, Lucas.

Through photos.. you may not see any thing wrong with him.. come let me show you...


A happy toddler at the playground.


He is quite developed in his hand and legs coordination.

No problem with hand-eye coordination too.

Being cheeky is something he's born to do.


He rejects when we read to him but he wants to read like an adult. *rolls eyes*
So what's the matter with him?
He has speech delay.
Is it just a delay or something more serious than that? I have no idea.

He's 26 months old today and we get him saying "Dada" , "Mama", "Come", "Done" when he wants to. And some other words here and there... when he wants to.

So we decided to bring him for hearing test just to rule out hearing as his problem. He of course don't have any hearing problem because this toddler of ours can listen to commands and understand them well.

What causes the delay?
Again.. I have no idea.

So we decided to send him to play school.

Here he is having breakfast on the way to school.
He just started about a week or so. 
We were recommended to give him about 3 months in play school to see if there's any improvement before searching for help from a speech therapist.

I would think that the presence of Fluffeh may have made his speech delay further because I have to spend some of the time attending to her.
And also now that I'm a work from home mum instead of a full-time stay at home mum.

So that's why I'm eliminating whatever daily "distraction" , just so I can concentrate more in helping this lil boy.

Let's just pray for the best!


How is it that blogging on my blogspot be any different than blogging on Dayre?
Well, with Dayre, I blog from the App on my phone. So it's quite like an "temptation" to keep it updated. I'm not saying that it's bad or wrong. I do love recording what has happened on a daily basis but I guess eliminating what is necessary may just help.

And when I blog on my blogspot, I have no choice but to only do it when the kids are asleep cos I can't possibly be typing on a laptop when they are awake. One sentence also difficult.
I would still love to record my children's development. That's why I decided to revive this blog, just so that next time , when they are all grown up (leaving mummy and dada to tend to themselves), I can read it again. These memories will last forever.

I haven't forgotten about my first born. Don't worry laaaaa...

James is now almost 6 years old. How time flies eh?

Here he is doing his homework.
We sent him to a Chinese medium Kindie because we don't speak Mandarin at home and we would like to send him to a Chinese Medium Primary school next year. So we figured a year of practise would do him some good.

And it paid off. He can now speak Mandarin fluently and is a little more hardworking.

How did my lil baby grow to this?
*sob sob*

I'm glad that even though Lucas is showing signs of "attention deficit", he still adores his lil sister. 


 All is well in this little family of mine.. ok ok.. not so little anymore. Hahahaa..

Oh I forgot to introduce our latest addition..

Ladies and gentlemen, please meet Audrey Tan..

Also known as Fluffeh.
Fluffeh Junior.
Haha..

That's all for now folks!
Hope my super long post didn't bore you! ;)

p/s: any of you from Dayre reading this... HIIII!! Missed me?? Drop a comment! ;)

10 comments:

JiaYing said...

Miss u lahhh.. i am wsjywsjy frm dayre!! Btw.. hope lucas will show improvement soon and be real talkative!!

JiaYing said...

Miss u lahhh.. i am wsjywsjy frm dayre!! Btw.. hope lucas will show improvement soon and be real talkative!!

Sue Tan said...

Miss you too! Hoping and praying that Lucas listen to mummy and start to improve on his speech, glad you are updating a blog so that I can still check in to see how your beautiful family is going. I am always a big fan of James, Lucas and fluffleh! I am mamaboo from dayre Btw..

cikumuffin said...

Hiiii!! 🙋
Awww. .I miss the Dayre community too! And updating Dayre of course.
But a ya..have to do what I have to do la. Thanx a lot for your kind words! Stay tuned for updates and I'll definitely have fluffeh induced posts. 😉 😘
Keep ursel

cikumuffin said...

Hi mamaboo! 🙋🙋
Thanx so much! And keep updating ur Dayre , I'm still reading updates. Love to see your lil one soon! 😉

Rosemary said...

hello ciku!!

Great to see an update! Am looking forward to more. Take care

cikumuffin said...

Hey there!
Aww..so nice to have you come by too!
Pretty sure u will be hanging around for some fluffeh!
Thanx for always being there!
You too take care! 😘

Eliza said...

miss your 3 angels and yummy cake/brownie pics!

hello from valinorian from dayre ~

Grace Melody said...

Glad you are blogging again, Yi Lei!

About Lucas' speech delay thingy, hope it will improve soon - but then again, some kids are like that... especially those who are very physically active or kinaesthetic learners. Like my daughter... she moves more than she talks, and even when she wants to communicate, she would rather grunt with her mouth closed and point. She is still young la, but I think I might be concerned soon.

cikumuffin said...

Hi Eliza! Thanx for dropping by! You know how to reach me! Cakes on FB and the kids here! ;) Hope all is well on your end!

Hi Grace!
Most professionals would ask you to wait til they are 24months old before you begin to "worry". Generally girls are faster but not necessarily la.
So hang on in there, she may just be a late bloomer.
:)