Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day to all mamas

It's Mother's Day today. For me, any day can be Mother's Day. It's a matter of being thankful for our mothers all the time. But I guess we all need to make just one day really special because we are all rather forgetful. It's just like a birthday. Every day can be our birthday too, to remember and be thankful to God and our parents for bringing us into this world, for giving us the lives that we have.

Today started off pretty much the same as any other Sunday for me. Did the laundry, had breakfast, sent Caitlin to Sunday School, tried to get the car's rear wiper replaced (but the shop didn't have the right one), went to the car wash, had lunch at home, tea at home with my parents who dropped in for a short while, watched a tearjerker, Hachiko, starring Richard Gere for the second time in 24 hours with C and E (first time for him). Then finally, we went out for Mother's Day dinner.

We ended up in Alexis at the Gardens in Mid Valley. The creamy baked mushrooms, bruschetta and clam chowder were yummy. C and E shared a seafood spaghettini with mussels, prawns and calamari in a tomato sauce base, which came wrapped in baking paper. When opened, the steam just drifted out, releasing the warmth and aroma of the dish. I had the wagyu beef cheeks with rocket salad and mash potatoes. The beef was super tender and cooked in red wine sauce which was a bit too sweet for my liking. Caitlin took a bite and said it was too sweet too.

Caitlin had a good appetite and downed the bread and creamy mushrooms and clam chowder. She also had quite a good helping of the spaghettini although she complained of slight spiciness due to some bits of black pepper inside. Her tastebuds are very sensitive and can detect even one tiny speck of pepper....

A visit to Mid Valley is not complete for Caitlin if she doesn't spend some time at the games arcade at the Jusco departmental store. She negotiated for three games only so we gave in to her request.

By the time we got home, it was past her bedtime. As I'm typing this, it sounds like she has fallen asleep, and probably the daddy who tucks her in with a bedtime story every night has also given in to the toll of the heavy dinner. I must add that he had a large slice of tiramisu all to himself for dessert while C and I shared a glass of carrot juice.

So tomorrow, another school and work week begins. It's revision week before mid-year exams start for Caitlin the following week. Getting her to hit her school books for the exam is tough. She finished two new story books this weekend, each in one sitting within an hour - one yesterday, the last instalment of the How To Train Your Dragon series and another today, Thea Stilton's latest adventure - the Ghost of the Shipwreck (or some title like that). But getting her to pull out a textbook and spend 15 minutes studying is harder than drawing blood from stone!

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