All about our Superman

Our Little Superman Turns Six Years Old

June 19, 2012

June 19, 2012

I posted this on Facebook today:

Kalel turns six today and definitely no longer the big baby. From a shy bullied school boy, to a chatty bully’s friend with a starting bullying attitude -- may he not become the bully as he starts Grade 2… He’s passionate of airplanes, youtube, google maps and said he can play by himself -- may he learn team play... He approaches kids in the malls, chatting and asking for their contact numbers – may he be charmingly friendly rather than irritating... That’s a hope list for him, but I guess he’d say “I hope mama and papa have lots of patience and wisdom in dealing with me”. 

Happy birthday Kalel (with hugs & kiss)! 

And here's a recap of how we celebrated your birthday:

On birthdays you attended, you had been inviting everyone to come on your birthday (without agreeing with us yet), so when we started planning your celebration, we had to discuss with your our budget. You were given a choice: first choice --  we invite your classmates, some friends and most uncles and aunties (and there's plenty of them) and you will not have a gift of your liking from us; or second choice -- we invite some aunties and uncles for dinner and buy you few gifts you want. You chose the second, you even said you're sure as you can celebrate by yourself (not that we wanted you to celebrate less, son :) ). So here it was:
2012.June.17 was a UAE holiday, we had your pre-birthday dinner at DFC's Hardrock Cafe. Juryn  joined you blow your birthday candles.
Do you remember doing this, your usual approach-someone-a-stranger-and-ask-their-number thing? Miss Nice Lady  entertained your question as you wrote her answers.

You went to Kidzania for a good four hours, became a pilot, an aircraft engineer, doctor, dentist, made your own coke and milk pack, delivered newspapers, among others.

You came home for late lunch with your third birthday cake. Your first two cakes were at Hardrock CAfe.

And we had another family picture. On your sixth birthday, our dear Baby Riane completes us.

 Then you went on to open your gifts. There is one of your requests -- an Emirates Airbus A380-800 model. Were you too happy to have one of the new passenger aircraft model on your radar.

Another happy face with one of your favorite and skilled-at games - Angry Birds.

Happy birthday dear Gremlin,  may you continue to grow in wisdom and goodness. We love you!

UAE - Sharjah

Turkish Ice Cream in Dubai

June 09, 2012

I once wanted a chance to be entertained, errr, buy Turkish ice cream sold by a Turk complete with his long paddle and antics, until we spotted one at Al Qasba, Sharjah. 

A little from Wikipedia:
Dondurma (Turkish, literally "freezing") is the name given to ice cream in TurkeyDondurma is commonly sold from both street vendor's carts and store fronts where the mixture is churned regularly with long-handled paddles to keep it workable. Vendors often tease the customer by serving the ice cream cone on a stick, and then taking away the dondurma with the stick and rotating it around, before finally giving it to the customer. 
Two qualities distinguish Turkish ice cream: texture and resistance to melting. Inclusion of the thickening agents salep, a flour made from the root of the Early Purple Orchid, and mastic, a resin that imparts chewiness.

Churning the ice cream to keep it 'workable', then spoons out a portion

Scooped ice cream kept stuck on the paddle and thrown to a cone

Cone gets pulled and given a little push to stick with the ice cream
... before being handed to the eager boy after a chasing game for the cone.

Emails on paper

June 06, 2012

At half past five years old, Kalel started his writing his 'emails' to us. His emails are handwritten messages which  he usually pens on loose or  obscured  papers, and he does not really mean to hand us neither tell us verbally. Hence, we fail to see if his dad misses to check his notebooks and bags.

Here are a few he wrote on his notebook covers. (He is still learning his spelling but) what concerns us is the psychology behind his acts. Some of his messages are on crumpled papers you would think it's trash but it tells of his frustrations in school, like being hurt by his classmates or being admonished for misbehaving. He is quite a talker at home and is always proud to discuss his achievements, but yes maybe, he does not want to verbally dwell on anything negative.

"Papa I cried in school because I dont know what's next" -- we suppose he referred to his seat work about writing the next event but he didn't know.
Upper message said "I hurt Jaimie with my pencil"

"Papa and Mama, I broke my neck tie. Sorry Mama and Papa! Please forgive me"

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