Em’s First Playdate

EM’S BEEN WANTING to invite friends over for a playdate ever since we identified the home back in April… mind you, it was a time when she didn’t even have many friends, other than the children of Papa’s colleagues and the two children of Mommy’s friend.

When we finally moved into the house in July and she started school in August, the desire to invite friends over grew stronger… mind you, her room was still in a mess, unpacked boxes still scattered around, and some toys were still in them!

The week that we finally agreed to her earnest request, she fell ill and was absent from school for three days. When she finally recovered and returned to school on a Thursday, I went with her and hastily made contact with the parents of her classmates whom she wanted to invite.

And that’s how her first playdate came about on this date, Saturday, 6 September 2014.

(Top, left) Little Em hosting her first playdate, queued up last allowing her friends to have a go at the food first.

Little Em hosting her first playdate, queued up last allowing her friends to have a go at the food first.

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Bored of playing toys in her room, they came downstairs… (L) Nafisa played the piano; (R) Playdate or play dead?

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Big M had her share of playdates back in HK with two of her closest friends then, both of whom were in Netball Club with her.

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Little Em got a tiny teeny taste of playdate back then when she was included by Big M’s friends, at home on 9 April 2010. 

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Playtime in HK

ON THIS DATE five years ago, the girls had a great time out in Hong Kong.

Playtime at AMC (25 Jun 2009).

Playtime at AMC (25 Jun 2009).

Big M attended her friend’s birthday party while Little Em easily made friends in strangers.

Big M attended her friend’s birthday party while Little Em easily made friends in strangers.

Lovely view of the swimming pool on the ground level.

Lovely view of the swimming pool on the ground level.

Another great view, overlooking the Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant.

Another great view, overlooking the Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant.

Teddy Story

WHILE PANDY AND the Princesses are here with her, Little Em is also anxiously waiting for her other toys being shipped, things that would help her feel at home and be at home.

Part of Little Em’s teddy bear collection taken before they were packed away into boxes for shipping.

Part of Little Em’s teddy bear collection taken before they were packed away into boxes for shipping.

Both girls with their first teddy given when they were a child.

Both girls with their first teddy given when they were a child.

Besides teddy, they used to love Barney too.

Besides teddy, they used to love Barney too.

My siblings and I had a teddy too, which our parents bought when I was a year old; Big M had a photo taken with it in 2004. That teddy survives till this very day, as old as me, yet in mint condition as if it was just bought yesterday!

My siblings and I had a teddy too, which our parents bought when I was a year old; Big M had a photo taken with it 10 years ago in 2004. That teddy survives till this very day, as old as me, yet in mint condition as if it was just bought yesterday!

Toy Story

A FRIEND RECENTLY asked me what toys are Little Em playing with since our things from home haven’t arrived yet.

We bought this Princess Castle board game just before we came to Accra (rather, she refused to leave the toy section till we relented - thankfully - and got it for her as a farewell gift). The four princesses have kept her occupied quite a bit. (Bottom, right) She also packed along her Belle clip-on doll.

We bought this Princess Castle board game just before we came to Accra (rather, she refused to leave the toy section till we relented – thankfully – and got it for her as a farewell gift). The four princesses have kept her occupied quite a bit. (Bottom, right) She also packed along her Belle clip-on doll.

Little Em has since built another “home” for her princesses, using cardboard boxes and other discarded items… her idea of “recycling and taking care of the place we live in”. 

Little Em has since built another “home” for her princesses, using cardboard boxes and other discarded items… her idea of “recycling and taking care of the place we live in”.

(L) Even a doll needs to be technologically-savvy so she made a laptop for Belle; (R) Decorated Belle’s bedroom with a vase, photo frame, rug and even a dollhouse!

(L) Even a doll needs to be technologically-savvy so she made a laptop for Belle; (R) Decorated Belle’s bedroom with a vase, photo frame, rug and even a dollhouse!

(L) Aurora and Snow White on the cardboard sofa in the living room watching their big screen TV on the side wall while the other wall sports a window with curtains; (R) Ariel and Belle in the kitchen, notice the details on the table :-)

(L) Aurora and Snow White on the cardboard sofa in the living room watching their big screen TV on the side wall while the other wall sports a window with curtains; (R) Ariel and Belle in the kitchen, notice the details on the table 🙂

A little deprivation is good sometimes… it breeds creativity :-) Then again, Little Em, like her sister, has always been rather creative. Back home, she created a whole family with toilet rolls!

A little deprivation is good sometimes… it breeds creativity 🙂 Then again, Little Em, like her sister, has always been rather creative. Back home, she created a whole family with toilet rolls!