Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Call 226 : BIG PRAWNS

Hello Son,

Sunday, May 29

Dad and Mom met up with Grandma and Aunty Carol at a coffee shop for brunch. Justine was attending a church activity at the waterpark. 

After stuffing ourselves, Aunty C, Dad and Mom drove to the mall. Grandma went to her friend's place for mahjong.

1. At The Mall

It was early. About 11 am in the morning. We were strolling around at the mall when we came to the center court. 

Oh my, would You look at the huge pirate ship that is on display?

To promote Pirates of the Caribbean 4.

Mom thought of your Pirate Ship ...

Your sister, at the time of Mom writing this entry, says she remembers the both of you playing with this pirate ship.

Dad says You must have been about 2 or 3 years old at the time. Mom thinks we bought this for You on your 1st birthday. You could go through God's filing cabinet and check your file for the exact date. :D

Remember the bad people ? :D

2. Jack Sparrow
Seeing Jack Sparrow on several banners triggered an instant memory ...

Mom had written about a little sparrow in your Hello-Son blog a few months ago.
Call 35 : Little Sparrow

Your eye is on the sparrow

And Your hand, it comforts me

From the ends of the earth

to the depths of my heart

Let your mercy and strength be seen

Truly Daniel, all kinds of everything reminds Mom of You. Everything ... every single thing.

3. Flower Balls

OMG ... What are the chances? 

Mom just googled "vector cute sparrow" for a nice image of a sparrow and saw the above image immediately upon clicking. Those pink flower-balls are like the ones we planted in your garden on your 15th month in April, last month. Honestly, what are the chances of coming across a picture of a sparrow perched upon the same flowers and of the same color as the ones we planted in your garden? 

In the first place, Mom is not aware that the flowers we planted are imitation of real flowers. Oh Wow ... this is really deep ... even for your mother. :D

 Your Flower Garden

Imagine, Johnny Depp (Jack Sparrow) from 21 JumpStreet (TV series), on a promotional banner in a shopping mall could lead her to a ZAP! 

What a coinciDANS.

And 21???

A double coinciDANS???

Take notice ... He's near ... :D

Anyway, just when her thoughts were focused intensely on her son, the next inciDAN happened. :D Of course, the sparrow banner was just to get her attention then ...

Aunty C and Mom were walking away from the center court. Dad was not with us. Aunty C had in fact asked, "Did Bryan just left us and went shopping by himself?" 

Chuckle. :D

In fact, Mom had sent Dad a text message the moment she saw the pirate's ship on display. 

"Did you see son's pirate ship?" she had texted quickly.

Dad's immediate reply, "Yes, took some photos. :)"

Good Good ...

4. Free T - Shirt

OMG ... your mother just googled "vector treasure" (for a picture of a pirate's treasure chest) and came across the above image which zapped her. 


Why, that's YOU ... :D 

Oh My Gosh ... honestly, what are the chances of coming across TWO images that are connected to You, upon the first click of the mouse? Your mother did not even need to scroll. Both the images were just right there for her to spot.

You really know how to make your presence felt, Son ... :D 

5. Call for Aunty Carol

So anyway ... 

Aunty C and Mom were walking around the shops, when your aunt mentioned that her facial appointment was at 4 pm. Her saloon is one of the outlets in the mall.

Mom commented, 

"4 pm? It's only 12:30 pm now..."

You must have heard your aunt reply, 

"I feel like calling the saloon and ask if I can go earlier."

Mom urged, "You should. Call them la ..."

"Yeah, I think I will ..." Aunty C had said, but made no effort in making the call. You must have heard that second reply too because less then 10 walking steps later, Aunty C's handphone rang.

Would You believe it? It was the Saloon.

Mom mouthed the OMG, as your aunt confirmed her appointment that day, and at the same time asked them if she could go earlier. She ended the call shortly, turned to Mom and said that her appointment was brought forward to 2:30 pm.

OMG ...

Mom said, "You just said You wanted to call them a minute ago, and they called You. OMG ... check out the timing. Dans must have whispered to someone ..."

Aunty C said with a big grin, "Impressive." :D

Yes Son ... that was pretty impressive. :D

6. Orange Pancake Place

We decided to rest for a bit at this pancake eatery since we have about 2 hours before the facial. We have never been to this pancake shop. It is fairly new.

We took a table. Dad pulled out his chair. 

Look what he found? Table number 14.

1 Am Number 4 is certainly with us. :D 

Dad took the above picture with Mom's cellphone.
Had he taken it with his own cell, the table number would have been a bright orange. However, with Mom's cell, it's ... uh ... orange without flash. :D

Mom was flipping through the menu when she stopped at this Halo - Halo page ... 

How strange ...

Halo - Halo ???

Two hellos???

On Friday, she had a HELLO CAB inciDAN, and a few minutes ago, Aunty C had a call from the saloon we both know have something to do with You. Two hellos.

Halo-Halo ...

Wow, You really know what's going on, don't cha? 

How could we not feel your presence, Daniel? 

You are just everywhere! :D

Call 225 : Hello Cab

No wonder we were lured to this shop. 
The outlet is a deep orange ...

The waiters are in orange ...

Aunty Carol has a smile for You ...

Look what color is behind our seats? 
Behind us was orange, in front of us was orange, waiters waiting on tables were in orange ...

Orange Orange Orange ... 

How could we not to think about You? :D

7. Bird Cage

Aunty C left us about 10 minutes before her appointment at 2:30 pm. Dad and Mom walked to the supermarket. 

Along the way, we passed this cute gift shop. Mom instantly saw a bird cage hanging down in front of her eyes. 

Dad saw Mom reaching for her cellphone and immediately said, "Don't take ..."  


Mom dragged her feet. Dad walked on. She found herself walking back to the shop. She picked a nice spot, right in front of the little shop, and stood there, pretending to check her text messages. 

You must have been shaking your head when You saw your mother in action, huh. 

Call 134 : Bird Cage

"I don't know who that woman is. I've never seen her in my whole life," You must have said to the other angels. :D

C'mon, You must know your mother has to take a picture of the bird cage

A bird cage ...



Tell You why later. Be patient. 

There's a reason. Wait for it.

Don't disturb. Shhhhh ...

Anyway, when no one was looking, and nobody was passing through, she angled her cell and quickly took a snap shot ... darn the loud clicking sound ... turned on her heels and fled the scene. :D

Dad saw. Uh-oh ... 

Mom turned to look here and there and everywhere except your father's direction. 

It's so easy ... :D   >.<

Your words were ringing through your mother's ears. It's so easy ... 

Hehehe ... Yeah, it so is ... :D

Dad was not amused.

There are 2 bird cages but Mom can only see one in this photo. Can You spot them? 
One is in between the head of the boy in green and the blue stuffed toy ... and the other??? (shrugs)

 warehouse sale in ampang

On Friday 27th... 

Justine was at the dental clinic. While waiting for her, Mom was browsing around this big warehouse clearance sale. Despite several bird cages being displayed at the entrance to the warehouse, your mother had missed them. She did not see them at all, believe it or not. After walking about for about 10 minutes, she decided there was nothing interesting, and walked to a cafe to wait for your sister.

Your sister only came out of the dental clinic some 2 hours later. We were walking to the car, when we passed the warehouse again. Justine for some reason stopped right in front of this toy section, and that was when Mom saw the bird cages

Gasp! OMG ... She had passed this toy section earlier. It was right in front of the entrance into the warehouse. You have to pass through here, which she did. Yet, she didn't see the bird cages. 

You must have whispered, "Jus, bring Mom to the bird cages." :D

 at the cafe 

On Saturday 28th ...

Dad and Mom were waiting for a friend at the above cafe in Taman Desa. That was our first time at this place. We were sitting, facing the entrance of the cafe, with our backs against the glass-counter. 

At one point, Mom had turned to look at the back, when she spotted in surprise, the 2 bird cages against the red display shelf. :D

On Sunday 29th ...

Now You understand why Mom had to take that photo of the bird cage in the mall? Friday, Saturday and Sunday ... a bird cage had come her way. It's not an everyday occurrence.

She sure felt You near, Son ... :D

Everything's been planned very nicely, she thinks. How You could have gone into a large bird cage to take a photo (in Call 134), Mom will never understand. 

Now she does ... 

8. Big Prawns

Oh, this one ... Mom has to tell You. 

This is really funny. 

We were at the supermarket. 

Dad asked, "Wanna get some prawns?"

Mom said okay.

We walked to the seafood section.

There was a lady who seemed to be taking a long time choosing her prawns. Mom saw the lady's plastic bag. It was almost half full already with large prawns. Still, the lady was slowly picking and selecting, one by one, very carefully.

Since the lady and her girl were at the prawn iced tray-box (What do You call these things?), Mom went to pick up a piece of salmon instead, handed it over to the fish-guy to weigh, and added that to the cart.  

There's no need to crowd ...

The lady was still at it with the prawns ...

Mom walked over to Dad and said in low tones, 

"That woman is taking all the big prawns."

Dad looked over her shoulder, and made a face.

A few minutes later, the lady walked away from the prawn tray.

Ah finally ... 

Mom's turn. She grabbed a pair of tongs, picked up the first prawn, scrutinized it a bit before putting it back down. The head was falling off. 

She picked up a second one. Looked at it. 

Dropped it down. Too small. 

Picked up a third one. Nope, no good.  Let it go.

The color was off.

Let's see. How about this one? The forth one. 

No, not big enough.

The fifth one? Flesh was too soft.

Sixth? Turned it left and right. Hmm, this one looks okay ... She dropped her first prawn into her plastic bag. Let's look for another one. 

Man, that lady has really grabbed all the big prawns, she had grumbled to herself. As your mother continued her stringent selection, the lady with the big prawns came back.

What? She wants some more? Mom had thought coldly.

Boy, You will not believe what happened next. The lady overturned her plastic bag and dropped all her lovely big prawns back into the iced tray.

Oh My ... Why la ... What happened?

Mom turned to look at her. 

The lady looked back and said simply,  

"I don't want ... Too big..."

Did -- You -- hear -- that???

Too big???

Mom smiled - warmly ... 

The minute she left, Mom gasak all the large prawns. :D No, no, she didn't go overboard. She only picked 14 pieces.

You must have seen your mother gleefully telling Dad what had just happened. Dad couldn't believe it. 

He said, "Must be too expensive - she bought so much." Yeah, half a plastic bag full. She should have just picked 14 pieces. Grin.

"Son must have told the woman to put back all the prawns ... Hehehehe ..." 

She couldn't stopped grinning to herself. 

Oh my goodness. Is that cute or what? 

9. Green Apples

That prawn inciDAN reminded Mom of an apple inciDAN two Fridays ago at the Night Market in our area. 

Dad was also with Mom at the time. 

She wanted to buy some green apples. 

16 apples for RM10

There was a pile of green apples on the wooden tray. Is that right? A pile of apples? 

Anyway, Mom was taking a mighty long time just finding the first nice looking apple ... and she couldn't. 

Dad, after getting some oranges, came over to her side, carelessly picked up some apples and tossed them into the basket. 

Your mother was horrified.

Eh, that one cannot la ...

There's a mark on that one ...

This one has no stem ...

Look, bruised here ...

Bad, the green is faded ...

You must have seen your mother taking the apples, one by one, out of the basket.

You know what happened next? 


The seller called out to Dad (in chinese). 

He  brought out a box from somewhere ... 

Mom did not see from where. Dad went over.

Then, Dad called Mom to go over.

Dad said, "Fresh box, just arrived ..."

Oh my ... The seller had brought out a new box. Mom peered into the box. Perfect apples with stems, the right green shade, with nice smooth texture greeted her. Aww, that nice kind man. She felt like buying the whole box ... but she couldn't.

Dad said, "Don't be crazy ..." :S

In the car, Mom told Dad, 

"That was Daniel's doing ..." :D

You must have whispered to the apple-man :

Bring out the fresh apples, Uncle ...

Dad was like, "Yeah, I know ..." :D

That was so cute. Mom did not want to mention about this apple inciDAN earlier because it was an isolated incident. However, not anymore after the prawn inciDAN. TWO shopping inciDANS. 

Chuckle. That was You alright. 

Nobody, nobody but chiu ... :D

Call 109 : Nobody Nobody

Thank You Son ... for shopping with us and for always making your presence felt. :D

Praise God for He is good. :D