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What Is Your God-Given Talent? Start Living the Dream!

By , February 10, 2014 10:43 pm

Original Source: Aussie Pete

Most of us go to work everyday to keep the order ticking along. At times, we probably think we’d rather be out fishing… but we understand that our commitments are such that we need to be able to provide – food on the table, safety and shelter for our loved ones, education and development for the little ones, to name but a few.

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Living the dream -

When we ourselves were younger, we often had dreams that later in life might seem somewhat unfulfilled – perhaps it’s playing a professional sport, having paintings displayed in a national gallery or singing in front of an audience of screaming fans.

Whatever your dream is or was, I firmly believe that God has provided us all with at least one (or more) very special gifts. I also believe that these gifts are what our dreams are made of.

So my message today is quite simple – regardless of your age, status or current lot in life. Regardless of whether you are a student, a fireman, a lawyer, a banker :), a plumber… get out there and do something that you love – something that you have an aptitude for, something that makes you feel awesome about yourself.

It doesn’t matter if nobody else cares or listens – as long as you can remember what it was that brought a feeling of completeness to your soul. Go to the park and kick a football… take time out and buy a canvas and brushes… or simply, just sing a song that you love. It will all come flooding back to you.

So what is your God-given talent??

I recently became aware of a couple of guys that are living their dream. If what I read serves me correct, these blokes are attornies. But as well as meeting their commitments to family and loved ones, they are also doing what they love and what they definitely have a God-given talent for – making beautiful sweet sounds…

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Living the dream - Lui in pink shirt and high hair, me bottom right

Interestingly, I first viewed one of their videos on YouTube through a mate of mine sharing it on Facebook. This buddy of mine, Lui, also happens to be a singing partner of mine from around 20+ years ago – we were in a teenage group in the 80s and believe it or not, had a pretty solid following – I remember touring through country Queensland performing to (at times) screaming schoolgirls, signing autographs on publicity pictures and quite simply – living the dream of that time in our lives.

I’m not going to say that we were anywhere close to having the talent of Mike Masse and Jeff Hall – but it is what we did, what we loved.

Following are a few of Mike and Jeff’s videos that really moved me and left me with the ‘Wow’ factor.

Firstly, a cover version of Toto’s ‘Africa’:

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How many Dads can listen to such a beautiful version of ‘Cat’s in the Cradle’ without tearing up?:

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Finally, for all the Eagles fans… ‘Hotel California’ – or is it?? Hmmm? One more Time??:

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Now do yourself a favour!! – Remember your dream. Live it – even if it’s just personally (or in a Pizza shop). It’s your God-given talent and right! 🙂
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Dear Readers… Please Help Save Locky’s Dad!!

By , August 29, 2013 9:57 pm

Source: Aussie Pete Blog

audo04Locky’s Dad is Nick Auden – the dad of three little kids: Lachlan (“Locky”), Hayley, & Evan – a loving husband, an athlete and a successful businessman!

And he keeps surviving against all odds in his battle against Stage 4 Melanoma.

Nick is determined to be a survival case study for other advanced melanoma fighters.

But he needs access to a trial drug to beat this disease – for Locky, Hayley, and Evan to keep their dad.

Please play your part by joining us in making sure Nick wins this battle.

“Audo” (Nick Auden) is a really top bloke and a role model of a father. He departed Singapore in 2011 with his family to Denver, Colorado – within 2-months of the move he found out he was due to be a Dad for the third time and also that he had stage 4 Melanoma.

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I would personally be very, very grateful if all of my readers take a couple of minutes to help save Locky’s Dad!


Join us in asking Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb to give Nick access to the new breakthrough PD-1 drug for melanoma.

A new anti-PD-1 (“PD-1”) wonderdrug is showing remarkable results for patients with Stage 4 melanoma.

Up until now, Stage 4 melanoma has largely been incurable.

The people of Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb are working hard to get their PD-1 drugs approved, but they may not achieve PD-1 commercial availability for another 12-18 months.

Nick cannot wait that long. He needs the PD-1 drug now!

Nick qualified for a Merck PD-1 trial in July, but a medical complication arose and excluded him from the trial.

His best chance now is PD-1 access on a compassionate basis.

Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb have the power to give Nick PD-1 on a compassionate basis. Help us tell Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb to give Nick the PD-1 drug.

Nick is strong. Nick can win this. Nick can be a case study of survival for late stage melanoma fighters like him.

What can YOU do?

Please join us in asking Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb to provide Nick compassionate access to PD-1 – access to a chance to fight for a full life with Amy, Locky, Hayley, and Evan.

How? Four ways you can help:

1. Sign Nick’s petition to Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb:


2. Twitter: Ask @merck and @bmsnews to give Nick compassionate access to PD-1

3. Facebook: Like the page on Facebook with the message “@Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb, please #SaveLockysDad.” And share this story with others.


4. Or spread the word via email, blogging, talking to friends, and anything else you can think of!

There is a website set up especially for Nick – (you can see a photo gallery of his beautiful family there also, as well as reading a heartfelt letter from Locky’s Mum, Amy)


Please share with family and friends to get as many electronic signatures as we can!!


What is Melanoma?

Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer and generally occurs where the skin is sun damaged at a young age. The damage to the skin cells leads to uncontrolled cell growth in the melanocytes, the cells that contain pigments that color our hair and skin. If detected very early melanoma can be completely removed by surgery which can provide a cure. The risk however is that melanoma quickly spreads throughout the body. Typically it will spread or metastasize to organs such as the lungs, liver, bones, and brain. Once it has metastasized to distant organs melanoma is almost always terminal. In recent years several new treatments have been developed however these treatments provide life extension measured only in months. The PD-1 drugs recently developed by Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb offer, for the first time, a real chance for patients with advanced melanoma.

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Ball-Cutter Pacu Fish… Brings Tears To My Eyes Just Thinking About It

By , August 14, 2013 9:10 pm

Known as a PACU, the “ball-cutter” fish has a set of chompers very similar to that of a human.

Usually found only in warm waters of the Amazon River, the Pacu, a relative of the Piranha, can grow up to a length of 90cm and a weight of 25kg.


So it came as a complete surprise when a 21cm Pacu was caught in an eel trap in Oresund Sound off the south coast of Sweden.

Although the Natural History Museum of Denmark is testing the DNA of the fish to confirm that it is in fact a Pacu, they issued a very succinct warning to the public: “Keep your swimwear on if you’re bathing in the Sound these days – maybe there are more out there!”

This is absolutely no joke – this species of invasive fish has become infamous for attacking human testicles. In fact, Pacus have reportedly killed fishermen who have bled to death after losing their testicles.

According to fish expert Henrick Carl of the Natural History Museum, the freshwater fish bite “because they’re hungry, and testicles sit nicely in their mouth”. He continued by saying to local news media, “They are almost identical to the piranha… It’s just that they have different teeth. Flatter and stronger, perfect for crushing.”

“It normally eats nuts, fruit, and small fish, but human testicles are just a natural target. It’s not normal to get your testicles bitten off, of course, but it can happen …,” said Mr Carl.


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Source: Aussie Pete

There Were Four In The Bed, And The Little One Said…

By , August 6, 2013 9:34 pm

[Be sure to scroll to the end of this post to find out how to share in very cool prizes!!]

Roll Over… Roll Over… so they all rolled over and NONE FELL OUT!!

Well, that’s not really the way the song goes, but with a mattress specifically designed by Sealy, when one heavy person moves about in their sleep it’s not felt by their partner. In my case, I’ll give you two guesses who the heavy one is.

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There were four in the bed...

As I near the end of my series of articles as one of Sealy’s Sleep Gurus, I’ve decided to set myself up and make myself comfortable by writing this from the comfort of my bed.

This is actually one of the worst things I can do when it comes to separating work space from sleep space, but after such a stressful and long couple of weeks at work, it’s refreshing to sit back with my feet up!!

So far, I’ve covered off on how much more improved my sleep patterns and habits are becoming as a result of the support and comfort for my years-old back problems. I’ve spoken about how my dreams have returned due to strong and regular sleep cycles (extremely vivid, lucid and memorable dreams)… I haven’t touched on one of the other things I’m getting out of our high quality, durable Sealy mattress – firstly, because I agreed up front that my articles (just has always been on my blog) would be no more naughty than PG16


I found the following video on YouTube that might help communicate to you all what cannot be said… I’ve sort of been wondering why I’ve been getting lots of cute looks since we toook delivery of our mattress – this video explains it all:

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Finally, let me remind everyone to pay a visit to the flagship store – Sealy Sleep Palace at 91 Tanglin Road, Tanglin Place, #01-02, S. 247918. I took this short video the day that I selected our ‘Royal Highness’:

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So – now it’s over to you, dear readers… simply VOTE FOR ME HERE – and stand to win!!


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Crazy Apple Store Meltdown Lady Cannot Be Singaporean – She Hates To Queue!

By , July 25, 2013 10:42 pm

Source: Aussie Pete Legacy Blog

The video is very poor quality and short (on loop), but it’s gone viral all thanks to actress, Porscha Coleman.

Crazy Apple Store Freak-Out Lady

Crazy Apple Store Freak-Out Lady

The incident occurred when an unidentified woman entered the Grove Apple store in Los Angeles pushing a stroller and asked for some parts for her phone… a staff member at the Genius Bar advised her that if she didn’t have an appointment she would have to wait.


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When she was given the bad news, she began screeching at the top of her voice, “I was told by Apple care that I could walk in the store and get the parts!!”.. all the while taking it out on her poor baby by smacking her hand into the pram.

In the video, stunned customers and staff can be seen looking over in absolute bewilderment.

Actress Porscha Coleman captured the video, looped it and posted it online. It has since been shared thousands of times on social networking sites (including also now, my blog).

Porscha captioned the short video: “This lady is goin OFF in the Apple Store! LOL U don’t have an appointment, lady!”

Below is a picture of Porscha – now I’m wondering why it really went viral??

Porscha Coleman

Porscha Coleman

The Apple store at The Grove in Los Angeles was the scene of one woman's meltdown

The Apple store at The Grove in Los Angeles was the scene of one woman's meltdown

Volvo V40 Cross Country – Packed Full Of Safety – A Car Even My Wife Can Drive

By , May 19, 2013 10:10 pm

Source: Aussie Pete Legacy Blog

OK ladies, please do not be offended by the title of this post. You see, Sammi has never driven but is about to learn. When I passed my driving test many years go (*ahem*), the most challenging part was managing to master the art of reverse parking.

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Thanks to my buddy, Smith, and the team over at Wearnes Automotive, a couple of weeks ago, I was able to test drive the new Volvo V40 Cross Country… and guess what – this very cool and sporty looking car can reverse park itself!!


Just one of the very unique features, the V40 is a perfect example of how the Swedish manufacturer has become synonymous with driver and passenger safety. I had no idea, but Volvo invented the ‘3-point safety belt’ back in 1958 – so it is fair to say that there is a bit of Volvo in the front seat of every modern car today.

Wait up!!! I cannot get past the fact that it can park itself – check this out:

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We were fortunate to be left to our devices for the test drive and provided with tickets to visit the new ‘Marine Life Park’ at Resorts World Sentosa.


The car itself comes with a 1.6-litre 180 bhp engine, offering 270 Nm of torque, including 30 Nm overboost. The torque curve is relatively gentle, resulting in a particularly comfortable driving experience. The V40 can also (optionally) be tuned with Polestar Power Optimisation, which offers 200bhp and 260 Nm of torque. Fuel consumption is 6.1 litres per 100 km with CO2 emissions of 143 g/km… it threw me a little every time we stopped at a set of lights – I thought the engine had stopped! That was before I realized that in fact it did stop – the car cleverly turns itself on and off.

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A few of the other safety features that would assist me (and Sammi, when she drives), inlcude the ‘lane keeping aid’ (alerts me when I’m swerving lanes), a roadside information display (including the ability to show me the speed limit on the display panel – now I know the speed limit on one stretch of our journey, I’m surprised I haven’t had a ticket there by now), a driver alert control (tells me when I need to stop for kopi) and of course, the option of a pedestrian airbag.

Driver Alert Control

Road Sign Information

Pedestrian Airbag Technology

In case you’re a bit kiasu like me, you can also adjust the graphic theme of the display panel (depending on the passenger you are trying to impress). Choosing the ‘Elegance Theme‘, provides an amber illumination that creates a calm aura. Or upon selecting the ‘Eco Theme‘ it can display a green background illumination which is designed to create an ‘environmentally inspired look’. An ‘Eco Meter’ is displayed on the left, with the current and accumulated fuel consumption figures being displayed. Finally, the ‘Performance Theme‘ (my personal favourite) has a red background illumination which creates a ‘sporty atmosphere’. In the centre of this display, a tachometer scale replaces the speed scale displayed in the Elegance and Eco versions. Vehicle speed is shown digitally in the centre of the display and the right side includes a power meter – a gauge that informs the driver how much power is available and how much power is being used at any given moment in time… making the driver feel very ‘powerful’. 🙂
8inch Digital Instrument Cluster

Other key features of the Volvo V40 Cross Country, include (but not limited to):

– A tinted panoramic glass roof
– Seven different mood light options for the interior lighting
– Two-piece, 40/60, rear backrest that can be easily folded to maximise loading

– Two different chassis setups: Dynamic and Sport
– Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) system that uses a roll angle sensor to identify any skidding tendencies at an early stage

– Corner Traction Control that uses torque vectoring so the car corners more smoothly

– City Safety (active up to 50km/h) that keeps an eye on traffic in front and automatically brakes if the driver fails to react in time

– Full set of crash safety features including a knee airbag on the driver’s side

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Thanks again to the folk at Wearnes Autmotive for offering the family and me one of the first opportunities to take this safe, cool and sporty vehicle for a work-out.







The visit to the ‘Marine Life Park’ at Resorts World Sentosa was also a blast with the kids – although it was very, very busy, the experience was both breath-taking and amazing – actually, it was awesome!







“Established in 1906, Wearnes Automotive Pte. Ltd. is the sole distributor for Volvo cars in Singapore and has consistently been one of the top Volvo dealers in Asia. The Volvo showroom is located along the prime automotive belt of Alexandra Road, boasting one of the most customer-oriented automotive facilities in Singapore. The premises accommodate a state-of-the-art service and repair workshop that gives special attention to the intrinsic safety qualities of a Volvo.”

DOCUMENTARY: Dru Chen – Intentions Tour: (Singapore / Malaysia)

By , April 28, 2013 2:36 am

Source: Aussie Pete

From January to March 2013, R&B / Soul Artiste, Dru Chen performed 20 shows in Singapore and Malaysia to promote ‘Intentions EP’. This footage, collected and painstakingly put together by director Edwin Tejoz tells the story of his journey.

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With a talented crack-team of R&B, Rock and Jazz musicians including Adam Shah, Weiye Tan and featured guests Charlie Lim, Kerong Chok, Jase Sng, Chris Toh, Brandon Gan, Dru Chen performed at the ‘Mosaic Music Festival’, while also headlining Timbre, Blu Jaz Cafe, Sultan Jazz Club (Singapore) and The Bee (Malaysia). Radio and college appearances included 93.8FM, NUS Live Lounge, RadioPulze, Ngee Ann Poly RadioHeatwave.

For more information, please visit ‘Intentions EP’ is available at
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Exclusive Announcement – You Heard It First Here From Aussie Pete!

By , February 1, 2013 9:51 pm

Source: Aussie Pete

Many of my faithful long-term readers and followers would most probably recall an article that I wrote back in late 2009, about an extremely talented singer / songwriter by the name of Andrew Chen.

Well let’s now move the clock forward to January, 2013 and having rebranded himself as ‘Dru Chen’ he has really found his groove and developed into THE most progressive and unique talent to grace this generation.

dru002If you do remember my article of all those years ago, you will know that Dru spent the best part of a decade living and growing in Singapore, before heading down-under to pursue his career.

Now here’s the scoop – he’s back!!!

I’m talking about his first ever overseas tour – “The Singapore Solo Tour”. Dru will be performing with a guitar, voice looper, and a notebook full of dreams…

Check out his announcement video:

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…and if you want to get to meet Dru in person, feel free to visit the events page on Facebook and RSVP so he’ll know to look out for you 🙂

Here’s a bonus: All gigs are FREE entry!!!

Details of the dates and gigs are as follows:

But wait – my exclusive news just not stop there… Dru’s brand new single, “You Bring Out The Best In Me” is complete and the official release will be happening on February 18th, 2013. This will be the first released single from his upcoming EP, “Intentions”.

In conjunction with this release, there will be an official music video – watch this space!!

To keep across the launch and how to get a hold of the new track, be sure to like Dru’s fan page on Facebook.

Be sure to link up with Dru and keep him at the front of your minds… drop down to his events in Singapore and see for yourself that I’m absolutely spot on about how freakishly talented this guy really is.


It's a Wrap! Dru has completed the filming of the video clip for the upcoming release of his brand new single, "You Bring Out The Best In Me"

It's a Wrap! Dru has completed the filming of the video clip for the upcoming release of his brand new single, "You Bring Out The Best In Me"

The 2013 Speak Mandarin Campaign – If I Can Do It, So Can You!

By , January 29, 2013 9:08 pm

Source: Aussie Pete

Senior Minister Mentor Lee Kuan YewIn 1979, the Prime Minister of Singapore at the time, Mr Lee Kuan Yew launched The Speak Mandarin Campaign (SMC). The intention of the campaign was to “transform a deeply entrenched social-linguistic habit of Chinese Singaporeans who were long used to the speaking of dialects”.

The objectives of the campaign were as follows:

1. To simplify the language environment for Chinese Singaporeans.

2. To improve communication and understanding amongst Chinese Singaporeans.

3. To create a Mandarin-speaking environment conducive to the successful implementation of our bilingual education programme.

Now 34-years on, the campaign is once again gaining momentum. This year the ‘Promote Mandarin Council‘ has teamed up with OMY, to challenge all Chinese Singaporean and Permanent Resident parents to create a five minute performance and stand to share in up to $8,000 worth of prizes.

There are two categories – Open Category and Parent-Child Category. Participants may choose to participate in either one or both categories. Parent-child interaction must be shown in submissions to the parent-child category.

So bring in Aussie Pete and the kids!! A couple of weeks ago, we attended the studio to produce our own sample video for the website and to promote the competition… ours was only around 40-seconds thank goodness – 5-minutes of me speaking mandarin would be an absolute nightmare for me, the producers and my kids who can already speak three languages fluently!!

Check out our video below: 

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Now that you’ve stopped laughing and poking fun at me, be sure to jump on board and create your own videos and perhaps share in the wonderful prizes.

All the details of how to enter, the timelines, process and of course the prizes, can be found by clicking here.


According to the Speak Mandarin website:


“Singapore is a young country of many races that heralds its immigrant population from all over the Asia-Pacific basin – Chinese, Indians, Malays, and many others. Their diverse backgrounds make Singapore not only a culturally rich city, but also one with many potential divisive lines. The forefathers of the Chinese community came from many parts of China, belonging to a multitude of dialect groups and speaking different languages. The Malay and Indian communities have less problems with dialects as they each have their own common language to communicate in. Being the majority race making up more than 70% of the population, there was thus a need to unify the various Chinese dialect groups via a common language, Mandarin.

For the Chinese community, our aim should be a single people, speaking the same primary language, possessing a distinct culture and a shared past, and sharing a common destiny for the future. Such a Chinese community will then be tightly knit. Provided it is also tolerant and appreciative of the other communities’ heritage, able to communicate with them in English, and work with them for a common future, Singapore will grow to become a nation.

 – PM Goh Chok Tong, 1991 Speak Mandarin Campaign Launch


Learning To Swim in Singapore – Choose Your Instructor Carefully

By , December 18, 2012 12:12 am

It’s time for a brief update on what the kids have been up to over the school holidays. Obviously, I’m still stuck in the office every day, so I’m not getting to take part in many of the activities unless they happen to fall on a weekend.

In terms of the holiday programs and camps, all the fun starts for Casey next year as he begins his Kinderland journey and attends kindergarten with his ‘ge ge’ (big brother) – it’s not much fun for Daddy’s wallet though… 🙁 – this year, Jaime has attended both a ‘Chinese News Presenter’ course at Mediacorp and this week he’s making an ‘Angry Bird’ robot.

The one key thing that I wanted to touch on, is the progress that Jaime is making in his swimming classes. Now, here’s the wrap on sports classes in Singapore… and for parents just starting out on this journey, please note this down very well.

There are literally dozens (or perhaps even hundreds) of swimming schools in Singapore. Before signing our son up many months ago, we wanted to be sure that he would have an instructor that would help him get the most out of the once-a-week lessons, as well as someone who was kind and understanding, but a little firm at the same time.

We made the right decision to enroll him in the “Bubbles ‘N Splashes” swim school. He attends every Friday afternoon and over time, we have seen a remarked improvement in his ability and just as important, his confidence.
Tomorrow, he will attempt his first ever formal (Level 1) swimming test.


Given that I am always at work when classes are going on, I’d not had the opportunity to witness first-hand the format or teaching style of his swimming instructor.

However, on Sunday, Jaime attended an ‘extra’ session, as he prepares for his first ‘test’. We took both the boys down to the Anchorvale swimming pool at the AV Community Club (where I sit on the management committee) for the morning, and our decision to go with “Bubbles ‘N Splashes’ was reaffirmed… not just by watching the way the teacher interacted with the kids and offered special attention where needed, it was also by watching teachers from other swimming schools who were sharing the same pool.

Now, I understand that working with young kids can be testing on any grown-up… but to hear the way that some of these other swimming teachers spoke to the children and constantly scolded them and yelled at them (for example, something as simple as sitting on the side of the pool while waiting, when they had not been instructed to sit). I was left speechless – this is no way to get kids to learn or to show respect. If teaching young kids makes a person frustrated and angry and leaves no option but to yell, scream and scold, I strongly suggest that it’s time for that person to search for another profession.

Not only is it this behaviour not conducive to a positive and healthy learning environment, it can be demoralizing for the kids… and the parents are paying hard-earned cash for this privilege.

My message is – before you sign up, do a little research online in local forums and get feedback from other parents… perhaps go and watch the teacher in action (covertly) and see if they behave in a way which you think will benefit your child.

Once again – “Bubbles ‘N Splashes” is the school for us. Firm but fair, caring and understanding, and the results truly speak for themselves… BRAVO!!


Speaking of confidence – Casey has no problems when it comes to the water. In fact, he is so overly confident, that he will just jump directly into the deep end of the pool for me to catch him (even when I’m not looking or ready for it). I’m kind of guessing it’s the Queenslander in his genes, but he absolutely loves swimming and playing in the pool – he has been talking about ‘jumping in the water’ for the last few days… and not failing to mention it at least ten times every hour.



Finally, on another topic, the boys have not been immune to the ‘Psy’ phenomenon and the YouTube smash hit, “Gangnam Style”. Now it seems that as well as watching the video dozens of times and knowing the dance moves, the marketing engine behind it all have started producing merchandise… and what demographic do you think the campaign is focused on? Yep, you got it – young kids!!
I’ve been told so many times before by friends and colleagues, that running, jumping and dancing is a great way to make sure that their kids are worn out by the end of the day and they will want to sleep peacefully and earlier after a session of physical activity. I hereby pronounce that Casey and Jaime are obviously different from the norm / exception to the rule… in the video below, it’s already 11:30pm at night, they are “full of beans” and they show no sign of wearing down, even pleading for more at such a late hour… BUT, IT IS VERY CUTE THOUGH!! “Oppa Zheng Jia Style”…

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