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Dan & Cambodia; Benjamin & Lego

Posted by
spots (Singapore, Singapore) on 13 June 2011 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

It's the start of the 3rd week of the school holidays--time really has flown by! Week 1 was occupied by the Children's Technology Workshop Robotics camp, while Week 2 turned out quite poorly because Esther was sick and that took up a lot of our time and energy. The planned First Ever Sleepover with the Cousin was cancelled, and we spent a lot of time playing at home instead. Still, we managed a visit to Sentosa with friends, a visit to the Singapore Art Museum, a dip in the pool downstairs and a visit to the Botanics and library. It just felt all disjointed and unsatisfactory because we were always worrying about Esther's condition at the back of our minds.

On Saturday last week, Husband & Daniel went on a mission trip to Cambodia! It's part of our church's regular visits to a village near Phnom Penh, and Husband and I had discussed that we wanted to involve our kids in such trips. Can you believe it--when I first told Daniel he was going to Cambodia, the first question he asked was, "Is there air-con there?" Grr. Such. A. Typical. Singapore. Kid. Cannot. Stand. His second question was, "Do they play Monopoly there?" ... ?

But to his credit, after I explained what the trip would be for and what he'd be helping with, Daniel was quite excited and did not do much more complaining. A week before the trip, we started preparing him by showing him youtube videos of other church's trips to the villages in Cambodia. I also told him about ... the toilets! (Or the lack thereof). Thankfully, the hotel toilets are decent, so we quickly devised a plan that he would poop only in the hotel, and then pee-pee in the villages (in the open fields bwahaha!)

It's a strange feeling, not having your first-born around. I am not too worried, but ok, I was a bit worried. Thankfully, Dan seems to be enjoying himself so far. Husband has reported he has made friends with several kids there, becoming quite chummy, and he also thinks Phnom Penh is a "modern city". He loves the food & is sleeping well. And is also fascinated by the huge cow dung piles he sees every once in a while. He's also enjoying interacting with the mission staff there, asking them all sorts of questions, in his usual typical style. HAHA.

In the meantime, I am spending extended one-on-one time with Ben & Esther. And of course, that means... LEGO TIME! This evening, Ben completed a nice 4-wheel drive open-top jeep--it's one of those 3-in-1 Legos--where one set can be constructed into 3 different vehicles, so you can use the same set over and over again. Previously, Dan had made this into a kind of Honda CRV looking vehicle. I took it apart and Ben made this one practically by himself, though I still had to help him search for the pieces & prompt him a bit, but minimally. I'm so amazed how laid back and cheerful my two boys are when it comes to Lego. Lego really really stresses me out! It gets me frustrated and annoyed when I can't find a piece, or when I have to go through 20 steps just to build like an engine... ! Ben and Dan are much more sanguine about stuff like that--which is good. I'm glad Ben is 85% moving towards doing Lego projects completely independently. There's only so much Lego I can stand, but I always enjoy viewing the final products and playing with them and the kids together!

I can't wait for Husband & Daniel to return and tell us more about what happened during the trip. Will update more then! =)

Panasonic DMC-LX3 1/30 second F/2.0 ISO 400 24 mm (35mm equiv.)

Panasonic DMC-LX3
1/30 second
F/2.0
ISO 400
24 mm (35mm equiv.)

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