Monday, November 27, 2006

Hats Off To Dieters

I have a new found respect for dieters. During my last doctor's check-up, she said if I want to try and have Nachos naturally I better get off the chocolates and sweets. She knew I was craving chocolates again this second pregnancy and if I didn't take it easy on the snacking, they'll have to cut Nachos out of me like they did with Boy Wonder.

So after I got home that day, instead of having the last few Tim Tams in the fridge, I offered them to Boy Wonder who loved it. I also took it easy on the white rice and really struggled not to stuff my face each time I had nothing better to do. And even when I had my lunches with the girls, I paced myself and didn't keep refilling my plate. After these 2 weeks of utter awareness of what I've been stuffing in my gob, I have to stay I'm so happy I don't have to do this all the time. I don't think I would have been a skinny person had I not been blessed with fast metabolism. So hats off to all of you dieters out there, I realize now just how difficult it is.

At least all that none excessive snacking has reaped immediate results. I had another check-up again this morning and Nachos had only gained a few ounces. The doctor said she is significantly smaller than Boy Wonder was at this point in my pregnancy and so far chances look ok that I may have her naturally. But it still looks like Nachos has inherted the big head of Hubby's side of the family, so we'll all have to take it as it comes the day Nachos decides to come out.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

I Hate Taxis

I know it just might be the hormones, but I hate taxis! Having grown up in Manila, taking taxi's are very cheap. It bugs me everytime I hear someone comment on how cheap it is to take taxi's in HK! So yeah, it's cheaper to take taxi's here compared to London, but for heaven's sake, we're in Asia you moron!

So where did my hostilities originate from today? Well, I took Boy Wonder to meet up with a friend at the HK Football Club this morning. Wanting some together time with Hubby, I agreed to take a cab with him into Central then just continue the journey after we dropped him off. What a HUGE mistake! Mr. Genius taxi driver decided to take a certain route which turned out to be packed with traffic instead of another route which I personally thought would have been quicker. So granted he didn't know traffic would be bad, but being a taxi driver which is his profession and something he has been doing for years, he should have been able to gauge whether that time of the day would mean bad or smooth flowing traffic. It had been ages since I've been stuck in traffic that bad in HK. And hearing the taxi meter beep continuously while listening to his annoying Chinese opera humming, I swear I was about to commit bloody murder.

I asked him part of the way if we could take another route, but he just chose to ignore me. Then after we finally reached our destination I told him he chose our route extremely poorly today and that he had wasted my money. He replied by saying I could have recommended another route. Duh! Maybe his humming caused temporary deafness. And because I was too pissed to continue sitting there and maybe even start an argument with Mr. Genius taxi driver, I bit my tongue and didn't give the whole "you're a taxi driver, it's your job to be able to better gauge a route than me" speech.

I tried to make myself feel better and looked up info about how much taxi drivers in HK make. I thought maybe if I could persuade myself that everytime I feel I've spent too much on a taxi ride, I should think about how little they make and that I'm doing a good thing by helping this guy's income. But crap man, I found they make around $18K-$19K a month! Bad idea.

So now I've just decided to be smarter when it comes to taking taxi's. Never ever leave it up to the cab driver to decided which route to take. If I do, I should just blame myself for the extra fare I've flushed down the toilet. From now on I shouldn't blindly sit in a taxi, just waiting to reach my destination. I should observe the roads, note how long my trip is taking and hopefully use all these information for future taxi rides. Or I could just wait till Nachos is born and realize there are more important things to waste my braincells on.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

A NY Moment from Hubby

I was sitting in the executive lounge in the hotel just now and a woman who was sitting with her husband (who I had moved seats to accomodate and spoke a little bit with) asked me where I lived. I said Hong Kong and they looked a little shocked, then I added that I was born in Australia. Her husband looks relieved and says "I didn't think you looked Japanese".

Monday, November 06, 2006

Wimp Or Bully?

Our playroom at the resident's club recently added a few Little Tikes cars. Whenever we go there, it's obvious that it's the most coveted item by the kids. When I took Boy Wonder to the playroom yesterday, one of the cars was free so he happily sat in and started driving around my seat.

The strange thing about Boy Wonder is that everytime a kid approaches him while he's in the car, he comes straight out, horrified for some bizarre reason. So the moment he gets out, the kid gets right on the car and drives away. And even stranger is that most of the time, Boy Wonder doesn't mind that he just got carnapped.

So yesterday while Boy Wonder was happily playing in one of the cars, a boy about his age approached with the intention of snatching the car away from Boy Wonder. I was in no mood for bad manners, so I held on to Boy Wonder telling him not to get out while telling the other boy to wait for his turn. After the boy went away, I did the best I could in both Chinese and English to explain to Boy Wonder that he doesn't have to get out everytime someone else wants to take his car. I tried to explain to him that he shouldn't be scared and must tell the other kids that its still his turn to play.

A few minutes later, the same boy was back again. This time, although it broke my heart to do it, I sat back and watched what Boy Wonder would do. Sure enough, the moment the other boy approached, Boy Wonder got out of the car with horror in his face. The other boy hopped in right away and drove away. This time Boy Wonder realized what had just happened and started crying. I was really upset with the other kid, but I had to be firm with Boy Wonder. I told him it was his fault to get out when it was clearly not the other boy's turn yet. I told him he shouldn't be scared and repeated all the other things I had told him not too long ago. I told him to go to that other boy and ask him if he could borrow the car again and of course the other kid refused. I got quite pissed actually when the other boy refused and even more so because the mother was there and didn't even encourage her son to share. But then again, it was Boy Wonders fault to have gotten out of the car in the first place.

I was mad at the boy, at the mom and at Boy Wonder. I was so frustrated! Even though I felt really bad for Boy Wonder, I was hoping this would be a lesson learned for him not to be such a wimp and that he'll hopefully remember the next time someone tries to grab his car or toy or whatever item he's got. It broke my heart to have to scold him even though he had done nothing wrong. But I wanted to toughen him up!

I'm glad Boy Wonder isn't one of the kids who hits or is aggressive or grabs other kids' toys. He's one of the most mild mannered kids I've seen. But I just hope all this niceness will not be a disadvantage when he grows up. Its already been studied that kids who learn how to lie are more successful than their counterparts when they grow up. Are there studies that show what happens to kids who were wimps compared to bullies when they grow up?

I'll see how Boy Wonder goes again the next time we're in the playroom. If he still runs off scared when another kid wants his car, I might just have to step in and be the overly protective mom in the meantime. But the day Boy Wonder understands, he'll have to learn to fend for himself.