回家一趟

We were back in Sgp for the “恭禧发财, 紅包拿來” occasion from the 10th to 21st Feb 2010. A short 10 days and on both flights to and back to HK, we were on the A380 (generally comfy but large plane = many more passengers = boarding took at least 1h = collecting luggage took longer).

TJ was generally well-behaved during most of the flight. However he didn’t want to nap on both flights and was way too tired by the time the Captain announced that he was going to start the descent. Thereafter all hell broke loose, when TJ had a major meltdown. Lots of crying and screaming. On our return flight to HK, D glared at this Chinese guy who kept looking in our direction while I tried my darnest to comfort my very tired son. All that crying finally got to him and TJ slept for about an hour.

D and I completed our mandatory CNY visits on the first day, which incidentally fell on Valentine’s Day too. The rest of the days were spent visiting friends and taking TJ back to Pasir Ris to visit his 奶奶. We also traded in one of our Tusa Dive Bags (the slightly faulty one) for a new Samsonite Aeris at S$299 (usual price: S$530) and D bought at least 15 bags of Kopi-O to last him till our next trip back home. We both got our haircut, coloured and highlighted our hair, except that I had to split my hair makeover over 2 days since I couldn’t spare the time sitting in the salon for about 4h.

TJ also had fun getting up close and personal with some dogs and most of them are as tall as TJ. He shrieked with excitement even when my brother-in-law’s rescued strays continued barking at him. We had to be careful that his dogs did not take a chunk of TJ, but my son, who currently has no concept of fear, enjoyed feeding them treats.

I took TJ on a memory walk at my alma mater (MGS at Mt Sophia), before having lunch with some secondary classmates at Chalk. It was nice walking the familiar corridors and walkways with TJ and meeting up with old friends was equally great.

Each time we return home, the grandparents are able to see the various changes in TJ, more so than us since we interact with him all the time. Particularly my mum, who was the first family member to see TJ in the delivery suite and had assisted me in caring for him during the first few months of his life. Fortunately for D and I, my mum is quite strict with TJ’s discipline too and is receptive to our disciplinary methods.

It’s good to give TJ the opportunity to relate and interact with his immediate relatives, and to see how his grandparents, uncles & aunties being tickled silly by TJ’s antics and emerging character that we as parents take for granted at times. Each time a few days before we leave, my mum would start telling TJ that he will be returning to HK and sleeping in his own cot etc, but really I think she is just repeating it to comfort herself. ‘Cos I know the house does become so much quieter when TJ isn’t around to sing and laugh with her.

We do want to return home after so many years of being an expat family in HK, especially since it is important for TJ to know his larger family besides just the two of us. But lots of things have to be planned and considered before we return and we are hoping our prayers will be answered soon so that we can go ahead with our plans. It’s hard to proceed when so many questions are still unanswered, but that’s where faith comes in. Till then, D and I are praying and waiting patiently.

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