Tuen's Blog

Infrequent diary of a procrastinator

Overnight camping at Kurth Kiln recreational park

Written By: Tuen - Apr• 15•12

I organised an overnight camping trip on Friday. It was mainly because my son asked me to organise one as Sue Ping had not been to a proper bush camp before.

In the end, we went with the Chuas. Chongs came for the day and then left in the evening, and Mary and Wen decided to follow suit! Ian and Jerome didn’t even bother to come for the day.

It was quite a fun outing, and the kids built a fire around which we spent much time. Aaron impressed me greatly with his culinary skills and we had restaurant quality food in the middle of the bush!

But what I didn’t expect was how cold it got that night. I didn’t have a thermometer, but I estimate that the temperature dropped to about 5 or 6 Celsius. Even in a sub zero rated sleeping bag, I was feeling very cold.

More photos can be found here.




Easter Egg hunt

Written By: Tuen - Apr• 10•12

On Easter Sunday, Mary organised an easter egg hunt for her ‘Hands On’ catechism kids and some other children of our friends. It went quite well and adults and children alike had a good time. Later in the evening, we had another easter celebration at the Chongs’ home with another group of friends. That went very nicely as well. All in, a very wonderful and meaningful Easter!

Photos of the Easter Egg hunt can be found here.




Attack of the Boxer

Written By: Tuen - Apr• 08•12


So I come home on Thursday to discover two dogs in my backyard. One was Ella, my neighbour’s dog who comes over quite often through a hole in the fence. She’s harmless and we leave her be. She goes home on her own after some time in our backyard. But the other dog was a bigger and fiercer dog that I had not seen before. I presumed it had come into our yard through the same hole in the fence. So I made a gesture at it to sort of try and shoo it back to the neighbour’s yard; Big mistake. It rushed at me and started barking fiercely at me. And for the next 45 minutes or so, it kept barking and rushing around our yard more or less attempting to terrorise me.

This was getting annoying and whilst I didn’t think it was really dangerous, I didn’t want to take a chance and besides, I have little Ren to consider.

I went next door to the neighbour’s, but of course, no one was in. So in the end, I called the police who got the council dog catchers to respond and remove the miscreant. In the process of chasing it around my yard, it also left a souvenir on my lawn for me to clean up!
(In the meantime, sweet Ella had returned next door on her own).

The neighbour came by in the evening to apologise and explain that ‘Lennox’ the boxer, was a real sweetheart whose bark was worse than its bite and he would bring him around one of these days to ‘introduce’ us and I would see how gentle he was.

I was thinking silently, “I’d really rather you didn’t”.

Thus endeth the adventure for this week.

Picnic at Jells Park

Written By: Tuen - Apr• 07•12

A group of us spent most of Wednesday at Jells Park and had a great time there. We had a good picnic and the kids had a great time cycling and playing at the playground. I tried teaching Julian to cycle, and he made some progress, but still hasn’t achieved liftoff!

Full photos can be found here.





Jigsaw completed. 2nd April 2012, 11.17pm.

Written By: Tuen - Apr• 02•12



Melissa’s K-pop performance

Written By: Tuen - Mar• 31•12

Melissa and her friends again performed at an Asia Festival at Boxhill this afternoon. This time I was at the front row and I could use my flash. Photos can be found here. They include some photos of Ren trying his luck at one of the stalls. He managed to win a soft toy.

Don’t expect to be able to spot Melissa in the video below. I hardly could myself!

Easter Raffle

Written By: Tuen - Mar• 30•12

Julian’s school is having its annual Easter Raffle right now. It’s a very noisy affair! Oh, Julian won 4th prize.



Written By: Tuen - Mar• 26•12


Getting to the hard parts now.

To dob or not to dob…

Written By: Tuen - Mar• 22•12



Written By: Tuen - Mar• 17•12


Almost half way through…