Monday, April 30, 2007

over-used spidey stuffs

What a shame!!! My little Owen used it non-stop since we bought him from Spotlight.
Look at this damaged gloves... Poor thing!

Sunday, April 29, 2007

my tributes to late steve irwin...

Today, my daughter Ashley, 10, cleared her very-very-messy stuffs in her room and found a piece of note that she copied earlier last week... that's her biggest fave fan -- STEVE IRWIN! so sad, and such a loss... i like the fact that people included the khaki clothing. i think Steve once said, they were only couple who could cross dress, and no one would know it. it was about Steve Irwin -- her biggest fan that she never forgets... and wanted to be a zookeeper.
Stephen Robert "Steve" Irwin (feb 22, 1962 - sept 4, 2006) , nicknamed "the crocodile hunter", was an australian wildlife expert and television personality. He achieved world-wide fame from the television program the Crocodile Hunter , an internationally broadcast wildlife documentary series co-hosted with his wife Terri Irwin. together with her and long time friend William Rollo , he also co-owned and operated australia zoo , founded by his parents and funded by William Rollo in Beerwah, Queensland.

Born: 22 Feb 1962, Essendon, Victoria, Australia
Died: 4 Sept 2006 (age 44), Batt Reef, Queensland, Australia
Occupation: Naturalist, zoologist, conservationist, television personality
Spouse: Terri Irwin
Children: Bindi Sue Irwin and Robert (Bob) Clarence Irwin

Ashley wrote:

As a matter of fact, the barbed spine of a stingray was responsible for causing the death of a famous television personally, Steve Irwin, the "Crocodile Hunter". He was the man who gained popularity around the world for his bravery in leaping onto the backs of huge crocodiles and grabbing deadly snakes by their tails.

Irwin, 44, had been filming a documentary called "Ocean's Deadliest" on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. he and a cameraman were snorkeling in the shallow water when the fearless animal-lover swam over the top of a stingray. it then stuck out its barb and pierced Irwin in the chest.

Irwin was videotaped pulling the barb from his chest moments before losing consciousness. Irwin's manager and producer, John Stainton said, "Steve probably got a bit too close to the ray, and with the cameraman in front, the ray must have felt sort of cornered."

Steve Irwin Tribute 9th September 2006 Australia Zoo
Photo by Kathryn Lucas

hans' art

This morning, Ashley and Owen had big breakfast at AMK's mac before heading to Hans' Art... they love having mac stuffs...
Owen in bad mood to place an order... we were still waiting for him.

Ash loves to butter on pancakes with a ton of butter and "honey"...

that Owen needs hush-hush place to draw professionally...
yep, of cos very proud of my boy as always.

her Hans' Art teacher telling her how to do that and there...

and finally she touched her master piece up...

Saturday, April 28, 2007

disabled and doing just fine

we got visit from the lees to my place. we talked and talked non-stop... until little mag (regina's daughter) rang ash up about the newspaper revealed abt the angs :) that made ash sooo excited and could not wait to read about... pressed me harder and harder to buy newspaper on that day night. fortunately the lees have straits times at home and forwarded the scan to us via email we rec'd at 11pm. ashley and owen already tucked in bed quickly.

anyway i have attached the image here:
~ the straits time newspaper clip ~
HOLDING HIS OWN: Mr Jaymes Ang, 41, thumbing through a book with his children, Alysha (left), nine, and Joshua, six. though Mr Ang has a stable job and earns a comfortable income together with his wife, he still worries about job security sometimes.

Jaymes Ang, who is hearing-impaired, loves his job but worries that automation and globalisation may make him redundatant.

They are good-looking children with peaches-and-cream complexions and doe-like eyes. Joshua is six. His sister Alysha is nine.

Their mother, kindergarten teacher Barbara D'cotta, is eurasian; their father, technical supervisor Jaymes Ang, is hearing-impaired and communicates using sign language.

He hopes his children will go to university and land good jobs. He has bought education insurance policies for each child and sets aside money each month for their "study fund".

The 41-year-old has a good stable job but confessed that he worries sometimes.

"Life is unpredictable," he said. "you never know what's going to happen. It's going to be difficult for me to get another job if i lose this one because not only am i getting older, but i am also hearing-impaired."

Mr Ang is one of the longest-serving employees at Nihon Etching, a company which was set up in 1990 and specialising in surface texturing of industrial moulds and other products. He landed the job after completing his o levels at mount vernon secondary school. Today, nearly 18 years later, he supervises a team of about 15 workers including three who are also hearing-impaired.

"I guess i'm very lucky. Our company's headquarters in japan hires many hearing-impaired people. I like the work and my bosses are very encouraging. I also think i am being paid a fair wage," he said, although he declined to reveal his salary.

His wife - who has a graduate diploma in special education from australia as well as a montessori diploma - used to teach in a secondary school but opted to teach in a kindergarten for better hours after the two children arrived.

Their combined wages allow the family to live fairly comfortably in a four-room (mistakely - shd be 5-room instead) HDB flat in sengkang and afford a car and maid.

Mr Ang said his disability has not put him at any disadvantage in the company although he has had the occasional case of insubordination.

"I just have to be firm and let them know i mean business. On the whole, i would say that the workers all get along very well. We help each other out."

While he has never entertained thoughts of leaving, he does worry about losing his job.

"I've met many clients whose factories have closed down. You also hear of companies relocating to vietnam, china and indonesia because wages are much cheaper in these places. The world is changing, so life is unpredictable," he said.

"My priorities now are my family. we try to save as much as possible. Before the children arrived, my wife and i like to travel to places like europe and australia. But now, it's places like malaysia and thailand.

"We are saving now to take them to australia but we want to wait until joshua is a little taller. At least then, he can go on rides in amusement parks.

Should the worst happen, he is prepared to let the car and maid go.

Things could be better for a disabled person in singapore, he said.

"For example, i don't get any tax reliefs. In malaysia, i get discounted train tickets or free or discounted entry to many places when i show my deaf card, but not here," he said.

The congenial man wants to carry on working for as long as he can.

"If i can't work any more, i will open a food stall. People always need to eat right?

He casts a cheeky look at his children and says: "Hopefully, by then, those two would have grown up. then, They can look after us."

gotta a visit from my cousin, Katie

my cousin, katie came over to my place this afternoon to view my new bathroom. she even took some pictures of my bathroom and the sofa bed at the living room. she's going to blog this on her blog. so check this out at her blog, katsigner.

this is my cousin, katie on my lovely bed.
she is going to kill me on this 'cos this picture of hers is ugly.

little spider-boy

this very morning, owen can't wait to wear the spidey stuffs that last night (friday) he pressed his dad to buy from spotlight - worth SGD20.00.
owen tried to transform himself into spidey and
take on the NOWHERE green goblin in this stuff.

i took this shot from my sofa while lying...