Ok so it’s been 3.5 years…

I don’t suppose I have any readers left, but I do enjoy reading back the last 13 years of blog posts, and enjoy the memories they bring me. So I decided I should continue recording my memories here.

Let’s see if I can keep it up this time round.

I have some maintenance and cleanup to do for this blog, mostly to remove some old content to save some server disk space.

Here’s a quick preview:

Caleb’s First Day in Kindergarten

Caleb in uniform

Today was Caleb’s first day in kindergarten.

He is the third kid we’re sending to the same kindergarten so we’ve got the entire process down. We were in and out in less than ten minutes!

Caleb didn’t have much trouble adjusting because Daryl was in the six year old class. He didn’t have any separation anxiety because we told him Daryl was in the next room.

This is one advantage having the two boys so close together. The older brother will always be there for the younger one.

I think the biggest shock to Caleb is when the teachers spoke to him in Mandarin. I don’t think he imagined that. But the teachers will mix English and Mandarin in the first few months.

When we arrived, all the teachers remembered Rachel and they were spending time chatting with her. Daryl pretty much went to his class by himself, looking for his best friends. He had so much to talk to them about.

Teacher invited Caleb to sit down next to a boy, and he became very quiet. He’s exactly like me. He becomes quiet when strangers are around. We thought he looked a bit nervous.

We left after a few minutes. There were a lot of parents around. Some of the new kids were crying and I knew  exactly what they were feeling because we went through that stage.

After a few hours, we picked the boys up from kindergarten and Caleb said he had fun. That’s great news for us. I hope he maintains that positive outlook for the rest of the year.

I’m happy that he enjoys himself so far. Part of me feels sad. My baby Caleb is taking his first steps away from home.

I’m so proud of his first kindergarten assignment:

Caleb's art work

 

Blind Faith? Planting a Seed

I took this photo this morning from the little “plant corner” at my condo balcony. Can you guess what it is?

Maybe you can guess if you view from another perspective.

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1.5 months ago I decided to save some durian seeds. Don’t ask me why I decided to save these seeds out of the hundreds I consumed in my entire life.

If I recall correctly, the durian tasted quite okay. Sweet. Not any special variety like musang king or red prawn.

I just looked at the seed.

“Yes, you are the chosen one,” I said. “… but if you don’t mind I’ll choose a couple more as backup.”

I don’t normally speak to my food. That would be crazy *weak laugh* haha…

But I don’t know. Sometimes eating durian can be a spiritual experience. Maybe it was some hallucination effect.

Anyway I found a YouTube video which suggested the following method:

  1. Clean the seeds by rinsing in water
  2. Wrap the seeds in some kitchen towels, put in a ziploc bag
  3. Put in some water so the towels are damp (but not too wet)
  4. Seal the ziploc bag and put it somewhere warm and dark.
  5. If the bag is sealed properly, the seeds will remain moist.

So I put the bag under my fridge for 4 weeks.

After 2-3 weeks I could see the seed start to germinate. Something like a green tongue will poke out of the seed and slowly turn brown. I think (and hope) that’s the roots.

2 weeks ago I bought a large pot with some normal gardening soil. I tried to position the seed so the root would be in the ground and the seed itself was just half buried.

Now, you must imagine when I’m doing all this. Poey Chin is looking at me and thinking to herself, “what funny thing is this man trying to do now?”

She reminds me that we live in a condo, and durian trees grow up to 30 metres tall. She also reminds me it take 10 years to bear fruit.

Well, I plant the seed in faith. In my mind, my durian trees will have a home in the future. This is motivation for me to buy a house (and a really tall ladder!).

I hope the seeds don’t die.