A song has been ringing in my ear somehow as I think of Su's birthday, also on 4th October.
"Happy Birthday Su and as you're in a different time zone, we kinda get to share Dad's birthday on the 5th at a similar time too! Well on this special day of ours, I just like to share some of the good times we were able to share together when you came home last summer with Jay. Note that these pics would not repeat any found in the post of your last visit. You could play the video above as you watch the pics hehe
After reaching home in Singapore for not too long, the girls managed to get online together with Mom to have a fun chat and wish the October babies on their birthday!
When the online chat was over, Mom needed to go to the hospital for a blood test as she was not feeling well. After dropping her at the hospital clinic, I went to park the car to come back to be with her. The first car park bay that used public parking coupons was absolutely full as other cars were either waiting for someone to leave or were circling around. I went to the try the second car park bay that had a gate and cash card paying system. The experience follows with some pics :
Mon 8th Oct Good News came when the medical officer from the Cancer dept came up to me when Mom happened to be in the restroom. Mom had been concerned about her abdomen which seemed to be bloated and on an earlier physical check up by the doctor on rounds, she had felt some pain when it was pressed by the doctor doing the examination. The Good News that the medical officer shared was that from the X-Rays and CT Scan conducted in the past couple of days, they found that it was clear and added that the abdominal pains could be due to some minor gastric problems only. On this Monday, I happened to be online typing my regular Monday email to Han in the UK on his free or 'Preparation P-Day' and related the good news to him by including it in the email that was immediately posted to him!
Post-dated comment : On this post that covers the duration of Mom's last 2 months in and out of hospital, it was revealed in my writings of 22 Oct that the good news was actually a mistake.
Wed 10th Oct Finally after 5 nights and 6 days at the hospital, Mom was able to go home. Like to thank the many friends and family members who were able to visit her at the hospital that brought good cheer to her! Further information on her progress will continue in the blog post here.
Fri 19th Oct - Han's Birthday finally arrives. Happy Birthday Han !!!
The following photos were sent by Han with some explanations :
I guess being Elder Han's birthday week, his indulgence in food can be forgiven! Keep up the good work Son!
Besides family members, several of our family friends are also October babies as named below with their respective birthdays and their ages are in brackets(if it is known).
Our friends of the family in Church include - Katherine Orgill (22) and Anthony Liew (26) on 2nd Oct, Kevin Tham on 4th Oct, Vanessa Wong (26), Bro Selvaragu, Judy Beard who served a mission with her husband Colin in JB from Australia and Ariunbolor(30) whom we met in the HK temple from Mongolia on 6th Oct, Andrea Davis Pyle on 9th Oct, Kent Davis on 10th Oct, Jenny Han(56) on 13th Oct, Gunchi Takeyama on 14th Oct, Merille Yong(Sheppard) on 15th Oct, Dennis E. Dalling(79) on 16th Oct, Deedra Rama(18) on 17th Oct, Penny Low(42) on 20th Oct, Richard Ho(54) on 21st Oct, Jeffrey Lim(55) on 22nd Oct, Sarah Brandt(41), John Lee and Helen Loong(57) on 23rd Oct, Charlene Goo, Julie Lanshe and Terrence Lim(53) on 25th Oct, Rachel Tan on 27th Oct, Mariann Selvaragu and Steve Tettey on 29th Oct.
We have Dad's former personal assistant who knew our family from young such as Malligah on 6th Oct. David Ooi a friend from the neighborhood in Singapore and Brent Yong the chidren's gymnastic coach in KL on 29th Oct.
Then there is a myriad of Dad's network of friends from his business network, Church or School network and other affiliations such as the Toastmasters etc whose birthdays also fall in October such as : Aaron Delaney and Torch Tabiar (25) on 1st Oct, Lauren Christiansen, Laurel Theobald and Wan Zaharizan on 3rd Oct, John Finlay and Murray Ceff on 4th Oct, Joel Wright and Jico Marzello on 7th Oct, Alfredo on 8th Oct, Fong Muntoh, Thomas Lim, Ron Leong and John Leavitt on 10th Oct, Chin Yen Lin on 11th Oct, Lim Sim Seng and Zane Pulver(23) on 12th Oct, Mackenzie Walker, Kelvin Kumar, Joshua Yong and Matt Hickman on 13th Oct, Lionel Cornelius, Benjamin Ford and Rodney Koh on 14th Oct, James Png,Veron Lim, Rachel Yer and Randy Schroeder on 15th Oct, Duncan D. Horne and Tang Tuck Cheong on 16th Oct, Ganesh Sangaran, Scott Watene(27) and Andrew Lee on 18th Oct, Samantha Ng Li San, Shaun Kwong and JK Khoo on 21st Oct, Jackson Ng and Puvan Kandasamy on 22nd Oct, Willy Lim 24th Oct, Jeffrey Seah 25th Oct, Angel Anderson on 26th Oct, Brigham Jenkins and Rachel Teshima on 27th Oct, Ong Sinnie and Mandy Ong on 28th Oct, Joyce Sim, Steven Cheong, Alice Low, Brycen Robinson and Billy Lee on 30th Oct, Azhar Zulaily on 31st Oct
Some memories of the past shared about our other October babies :
An old friend, Lim Sim Seng, from school in KL who had been overseas for his career in Tokyo, New York and the Middle East finally ends up deciding to settle down in Singapore. He is born on 12th Oct and was nice to come to visit us with his wife Tomoko after Mom had started her first batch of chemotherapy that ended in Mar 2008.
Farewell to our Japanese friend Gunchi Takeyama and family. His birthday is on 14th October