Monday, January 30, 2012

Colour Blind

One of the best things that happened to me during this Chinese New Year was to receive sms greetings from a few of my Malay friends and an Indian neighbor. In fact, this year I received the most sms from friends of other races as compared to the past...and some I even forgot to send them greetings during their new year!

I always encourage my kids to make friends with other races and to respect others cultures. For example, during Puasa month, I told them not to eat in front of their Muslim friends.

I feel that it is every parent's responsibility to teach our kids about racial harmony and to respect others customs even though kids can be "color blind".

The late Yasmin Ahmad' did a few non-commercial advertisement that talked about children being "color blind".

In the "Tan Hong Ming in love" ad:

The interviewer asked a Chinese boy: “Who do you like the most?”

Tan replied: “Umi, Umi Qazrina.”

“Why do you like her?”

“She wears earrings, she ties a ponytail, she is pretty.”

“Does she know you like her?”

“No, I keep it a secret.”


“She doesn’t like me,” he said after some hesitation.

Then, the interviewer asked Umi Qazrina, a lovely Malay girl: “Who is your best friend?”

“Tan Hong Ming.”

“Do you like him?”

Umi did not answer...

“Do you have a boyfriend?”

She nodded shyly.

“Who is your boyfriend?”

“Tan Hong Ming.”

Upon hearing that, Tan Hong Ming's mouth was wide open. He then held Umi’s hand with an innocent smile on his face and both of them walked away from the camera.

The footage ended with a statement: Our children are colour blind. Shouldn’t we keep them that way?”

In another ad:

An interviewer asked a young Malay boy:” Who is your best friend?”

He pointed at a Chinese boy next to him.

“What is his race?”

“What is race? Race, that means race car?”


I love the above commercials and do agree that Children are color blind and we should keep them that way.

However, when I read about an insensitive & ignorant politician who held a Chinese New Year celebration for the senior citizens but can't differentiate between a RED festive angpao (joyous occasion) and a taboo WHITE envelope (funeral), I am not sure whether is he suffering from another type of color blindness??

What I'm sure is that we should chase him away! (including those who knew the custom but failed to advise him!)

Thursday, January 26, 2012


Time flies...

This year, our family intentionally took some photos that mirrored the family photo last year.
Looking at the photos, I realized the kids have grown taller... and of course the adults are one year older too.
Time makes us older... and closer to each other.

Time moves in one direction, memory in another.
William Gibson

“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.”

Henry Van Dyke

Wishing all my friends and loved ones a HAPPY DRAGON YEAR!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Getting ready...

Can't wait to welcome the lunar new year...

Monday, January 16, 2012

Water Hose Fun

Hmm...what can we do with this water hose? Help water grandpa's plants?

Hey, it seems to be quite powerful.

Never thought that I can "water the flowers" this way!

It's so fun to play with!

Who's using an umbrella to avoid getting wet?

No one cares about grandpa's water bill?

WoW! Is that a new water sport?!

My kids and their cousins had a great time during the recent school holidays at my parents' house. Guess this coming chinese new year, they'll bring back their swimming costumes and let the fun continue. Do tell grandpa Water means Luck & $$!