Wednesday, August 15, 2007

More Pics of the boys...

Gosh...I am now saying "my boys". Still getting used to the term of having more than one child. In anycase, more picts for your perusal.

Monday, August 06, 2007

And it

Somehow, with the second child, time seems to pass on a lot faster. I still remembered that with Da-Yong, it was forever before his dried umbilical chord dropped but with Da-Wei, in a matter of weeks (actually within 2 weeks) it is off. Also, Da-Wei is starting to gain weight and look a lot more healthy.

Also, I'm sure you parents out there must feel the same way, but with the second child, you become less paranoid. What we learn from our first child is that really, newborns are a lot stronger than they look.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

On Wendy's orders...

Here are two more pictures to entertain friends and family.

Here you go, my happy family. Look at Wendy though, she in her black blouse was just about 1 week after giving birth! I'm a lucky man indeed! :-)

Here, I present Canada's Next Top Model, Mr. Chan Da-Yong! (Who says that Canada's Next Top Model needs to be a woman?)

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Costco anyone?

Now that I'm a father of 2 boys, our Costco membership just suddenly seems a lot more valuable. Diapers are significantly cheaper, Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, Di-Vi-Sol etc. all is significantly cheaper there as well.

One thing that we are always amazed over is Costco's return policy. During one of our trips to Costco doing a legit return, we saw a lady in front of us carrying a dead pot of hanging flowers. Both myself and Wendy looked at each other and thought to ourselves, "NOOOOOooooo....don't tell me that she is trying to return a dead plant!" What excuses is she going to give?

Maybe it went like this:
Lady, "Sorry, but I left my plant in my front porch for a week and it died."
Costco Rep, "But you have a water the plant ma'am."
Lady, "Ohhh? Really? Then it is still Costco's fault because you didn't provide any instructions!!"

In anycase, she got her money back!

We were actualy cracking up laughing to ourselves. In a seperate occasion, I was just chatting with one of my colleagues and I was telling him about how ridiculous some people are in what they return and he told me another story that just got me rolling on the floor laughing.

He said that once when he was doing another return to Costco, he started a small chat with the Costco Rep and he asked her what was the most ridiculous item that someone has returned. She thought for a while and said, once, she actually had a customer returning a plate full of T-bone steak's bones. The customer said, I'm not satisfied with your steaks and I want my money back! :-) And amazingly, Costco honoured it. Now, that is what I call service. I just hope that not so many people will abuse this privilege...


The many faces of... Da-Wei

Lets have a quick look!

Look Mommy, I can see you! My eyeballs move!

Huh? What's that bright light? What's Papa taking in his hands...and what is it he is saying? Cheese?

Look...I'm a darn fine looking fella....

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Well, based on popular demand...

I present to you, Chan Da-Wei! Now, mind you, the "Wei" isn't the usual "Wei" that you see lots in Malaysia (as in "Wei-Wei").

The "Wei" that my Father chose means a particular rank in Ancient China's government system (i.e. a particular "koon"'s rank). Hopefully this is a high position. :)

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Eat, sleep and poop

Every parent of a newborn will know this symptom, the one that I call ESP (Eat,Sleep and Poop). That's all the newborn baby does. Well, now's 2:50am and I'm stuck with an insomnia because I had to disrupt my sleep cycle to ensure that the baby's diaper is clean, he isn't hungry and is sleeping properly.

Over the last day (the last 24 hours), we must have gone through at least 10 diapers. A 40 pack of Newborn Pampers Swadlers that I bought just two days ago is now running dangerously low. Time to zip out to a 24 hour Shoppers Drug Mart to pick up more Pampers...

Ahh...if only my life can be this easy, ESP...

Friday, July 20, 2007

Oppss...typo in the poll.

Unfortunately, there is a typo in the poll. Maybe, in order to bolster one of the names with no votes, Da-Wern is actually Da-Wen (WITHOUT the "r").

Now, go crazy! Vote already!

Thursday, July 19, 2007


Hmm...for those of you who are confused and thinking that Didi is called Chan Di-di... I need to put in a note of clarification (actually, Wendy said that I HAD to put in a word to clarify that Didi's name is NOT Chan Didi... :))

Officially, Didi's hospital tag is called CHAN, UN-NA-MED (as per how Malaysians often mispronounced words in pidgin English.. :) ) or should I say, CHAN, UNNAMED. So, as of this minute, Di-Di is still unnamed.

Di-di in Mandarin means younger brother and that is what all of us are calling him for now until we find a good name for him.

Finding a good name in Chinese isn't a walk in the park. Rules of the game:

1) First name (which is generational name) needs to be Da (Big in Chinese).
2) Yong (Brave in Chinese) is already taken by big brother.
3) Ee, Heng, Chin, Pei, Fen, An, Bee all taken because the kid cannot be named after older close relatives.
4) Cannot sound or mean silly things e.g. Big Head, Big Hands etc.

With those in mind, here are a few suggestions so far:
(a) Da-Wei
(b) Da-Wern
(c) Da-Shen
(d) Da-Guo
(e) Go back to the dictionary.

Hmm...maybe this is a goodtime to get some feedback from anyone reading. Should it be (a), (b), (c), (d) or (e)?

Help? :)

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Guess who??

Aikkk....apa macam? Lagi satu ke? Introducing little Di-di... :-)

Again, Di-di was born in Burnaby General Hospital and like his Ko-ko, DY, both, myself and Wendy are in awe over the level of service and healthcare provided to patients there! Again, this reaffirms my reason for being a Canadian with a first class public healthcare system.

Di-di was born at 9:26pm on 16th July 2007. Surprisingly, Wendy's labour was a "breeze" so to speak. However, what do I know...I'm a guy afterall. The one difference between this time around vs. the first time was Wendy saying very loudly and very firmly early on, "I WANT MY EPIDURAL, NOW!". Makes childbearing much more bearable I suppose. :)

In anycase, here are some initial pictures:

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Sunday, February 25, 2007


These new PJs are a-nice! Don't make me change out of them!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007


Kor Kor is such a slave driver!! Her bag is 100lbs heavy!

These are my "Pah Pai" Pigs

Happy Chinese New Year

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy new year!

Chim Wong Ji Wong

Trying on new Ah Pek clothing for the Lunar New Year.

Lion Dance and Grocery Shopping

Shopping with Ah Mah in T&T before Chinese New Year. "Tong chiang tong chiang" music everywhere. I was quite kia kia.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

My favourite blue penguin sweater from gor gor!

Meet my adoring fans...

Taking the bus by myself!

Ok, not really. I was not taking the bus. Neither was I by myself. But I look like it! Heh.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Hello from Bulgaria (Part 3) !

Another shot of the downtown core.

This is where we got our Chinese Food fix.

This is Sofia's Robson St.

Hello from Bulgaria (Part 2) !

More Pictures!

Building in Sofia.

Street vendor in Sofia.

Around the Presidential Palace.

Around the Presidential Palace

Parliament of Bulgaria.

Another shot of the main parts of Sofia.

University of Sofia

Here I am in front of the Nefsky (sp?) Church in the main Sofia square.

Hello from Bulgaria!

Well, business takes you to many different places..and definitely interesting places. This time around, business brought me all the way to Sofia, Bulgaria. This is my first trip to a country in Eastern Europe. Very interesting... See for yourself!

Here's the place where we were working. This really is a residential house which the company has rented the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors, turning them into a SW Development Office.

Here's a shot of Sofia that was taken outside of my hotel window. Doesn't it look like Ipoh?

Another shot of Sofia that was taken outside of my hotel window.

Here's a restaurant that we had several lunches. Again, this is just a residence that was converted to a restaurant.

Scene of the street in front of the office.