Friday, July 27, 2007

Photo Hunters - Creative


My 15 year-old son, Jaymes has a pair of creative hands. I think he has my genes. When he was younger, he preferred Lego bricks to toy guns or outdoor sports. Every day he would sit in the hall with his box of Lego and create buildings, vehicles and towns. ^-^


When he grew older, he helped me with my crafts, finishing my cross-stitches and stenciling projects! Then he started messing in my kitchen! He requested for a baking course and he obtained a Diploma in Baking when he was age 13!


Jaymes baking a variety of breads for his baking test. He needed to bake 12 types.

Jaymes attending a Chinese knot-making lesson during his Student Exchange Program in China.


As usual, he learnt fast and was quick to complete his task. He was interviewed by the local TV station!


164 comments:

  1. eastcoastlife,
    Thumbs up to your son! I always wanted to try baking or cooking class. Hmm...Maybe I really should do it after my degree this year. :D

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  2. Pheeeeewit! Too bad I don't have a daugther if not I'll sure get her to marry Jaymes!

    Where did he took the baking course???? So interesting!

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  3. kok,
    You enjoy cooking and baking too!? ^-^ My son actually loves to eat.

    This lazy Mommy has too many excuses not to plunder to his Dad's and his desires, so he took matters into his own hands. hehehe....

    Well, I get to eat also.

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  4. angeleyes,
    hahaha.... Jaymes might be too popular if every Mom wants their daughter to marry him.

    He took his baking course at a Cooking School. ^-^

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  5. CAN I MARRY YOUR SON???!!!

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  6. Kreatif kreatif ya anaknya, mana masih muda-muda banget. Terima kasih sudah ngasih komen juga di blog saya. Salam dari Japan. Thanks.

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  7. HijackQueen,
    I thought you have 2 beautiful daughters?
    *drools*

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  8. ryu's mom,
    Apa khabar! Terima kasih banyak komen di blog saya! Ibu tinggal di Japan!? Wow! Negeri cantek!

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  9. Jaymes very keng..
    multi-talented :)
    bravo

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  10. You have a fine son, my friend! Kudos to both of you! I have a feeling that you have raised a good man in your son.

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  11. Wah, this kind of son 'more tak teng'. Understand cantonese or not?

    Like that ah, anytime Jaymes can come and lodge with me lah but in exchange, he teach me baking lesson can or not? :P

    You should be so proud as a mum. Well done!

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  12. My son would have definitely love to meet Jaymes one day. Seems like they would get along since he likes to learn things lidat too.

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  13. chen,
    Thanks. Like mother like son? hehehe....

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  14. Judy,
    Yes, I'm proud of him! He's taking care of me at the moment.

    You would love him if he lodges with you. He can cook and clean for you. He's an obedient kid. No trouble except can eat a lot! hahaha....

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  15. firehorse,
    Oh, that's great! I'm sure they would get along well! ^-^

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  16. Paddy,
    Jaymes is blessed with good mentors. I really have to thank them for taking time to guide him.

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  17. eastcoastlife,
    Like your son, I enjoy cooking and baking and not to forget, EATING! haha! Life without food, how not fun it is!:P

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  18. Kok,
    Not only do both of you enjoy cooking and baking, you speak just like my son too!

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  19. Wow he is creative! My daughter loves to help make craft and cook. She's four years old.

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  20. Yes.. he must have your genes.. :) he is a good kid..!

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  21. Wow! He is so cool! Congratulations for encouraging your son to be creative!

    How are you now? Hope you have a great weekend! :)

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  22. opal: vegan momma,
    Oooo.... 4 years old! She's a real young helper.

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  23. Jaymes is a creative person indeed. Hopefully there will be a chance to learn from him. Haha, I shall watch him bake and eat the pastry. *winks*

    Just joking, I shall make observations to deduce what kind of environment that can make a person creative.

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  24. Hi Julie,
    I'm fine. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  25. oceanskies,
    If you would like to watch or learn, he usually bakes on Saturday nights or Sunday mornings.

    He is still learning, so don't expect fabulous food. :)

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  26. Jaymes has all the makings of an entrepreneur. he will be as successful as his parents. kudos again.

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  27. misti,
    You see him too up lah! He still has far to go. He needs to go through more hardship, tougher training. ^-^

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  28. guys tat know how to cook are usually new age sensitive, and your son knows how to tie those complicated chinese knots too... wow... :P

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  29. cloudywind,
    I thought they are sissies. hahaha....

    Yes, I was surprised! I tried learning Chinese knot-making when I was single and did not succeed. He watched the Chinese teacher demo and then he made one craft after another. The other student's work were completed by him too.
    I embarrassed. ^-^

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  30. I think in no time Jaymes will be co-writing for this blog and dare I say while you are taking onto the Singapore civil sector, he is going to take onto United Nation at the International level!

    :)

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  31. eastcoastlife,
    Ya meh? haha! I think I should learn cooking and baking from your son. He got diploma liao, I got toilet paper only. haha!

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  32. wilfrid,
    No lah! He's still young and has yet to have his fun. I prefer him to be kiasi, kiasu and to mind his own business.

    Can eat, can play, can sleep, can shit - ok liao! ^-^

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  33. kok,
    You are getting a degree! My son's diploma can only let him be a hawker! hahaha.... Just a hobby lah. If he wants to turn professional, still long way to go.

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  34. He’s a real creative guy. Reminded me of myself when I was his age. Cool...a future all rounder. Happy Weekend! http://crizlai.blogspot.com/2007/07/photo-hunters-creative.html

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  35. Can eat, can play, can sleep, can shit - ok liao! ^-^

    Wow .. I love your philosophy. Why didn't my mother think that way too other than ...

    "Son, remember to use a condom now that you have a girlfriend." ... many years ago.

    No kidding.

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  36. wah, yr son is now a celebrity :)
    hope u get well soon.

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  37. now that's creative :P like mother like son.

    i too love cooking and when i am back for my holidays, my mum would teach a thing or 2 about cooking.

    haven't tried baking though :P

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  38. WAAAA!!! Next time I also wanna marry Jaymes liao! Can?? ^^

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  39. Yes, you are right. He is a creative one. It looks all delicios what he make. Good genes you gave him. ;-) Great hunting. Have a nice weekend.

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  40. You must be very proud of your very creative son. Looks like he's on his way to success. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

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  41. What a great son to have! Talented too.

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  42. 文武双全 ah!!! I hate to bake. Need to learn from him :D

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  43. Good for him. I wish I had a fraction of his talent! Happy weekend

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  44. wow, I would love to learn how to do those things!! Creative.

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  45. wow! your a proud mommy. congrats! your son is creative and talented. in up in the genes.

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  46. Congrats to a creative Jaymes!


    Happy Photo Hunting
    Pam@
    www.pamgwillim.com

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  47. Hi, this is the first time I'm here. I came to see your Photo Hunter thingy.

    Wow, you have a very talented and creative son. And congratulations on him appearing on TV.

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  48. What a fantastic guy, this Jaymes! Should have been in Penang! Would have loved to have met him, to see if he too needed help with his swimming costume! *grin*

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  49. awww... a sensitive new age man through and through :D u must be so proud of him! i would want a son like that too....

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  50. wow! what a creative talented son you have! I read your header about someone trying to hurt him? I can tell you are a great mom! You take care of him and you!!! I enjoyed your photos for this weeks entry! My photo is up, please come and visit

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  51. Excellent shots... you must be so proud! As well as talented, he's quite handsome.

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  52. Fuiyohh..baking grad at 13 yrs old..*tabik..so now still got mess up ur kitchen anot?..Eh waitaminute..was he making RotiBoy?..my fave my fave..LOL

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  53. criz lai,
    You are a good cook yourself. I like your seafood pasta. ^-^

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  54. wilfrid,
    Like alll mothers, I won't want my son to suffer for his foolishness. After all I eat more rice than he eats hamburgers. hehehe....

    Your Mom is far-sighted when she gave advice like 'wear condoms now that you have a girlfriend'. We mothers know best! ^-^

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  55. i look you high high and want to see what you might do with extra change!
    http://mistipurple.blogspot.com/2007/07/one-million-dollah.html

    (only when free okay? those times when hitting mosquitoes or something then do lah.)

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  56. Your son's a cutie and a cook too? Wow, you are a lucky mom!

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  57. Hi bengbeng,
    Yes, my son is a celebrity even when he was young.

    Thanks for your get-well wishes. ^-^

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  58. Hi satkuru,
    Thanks for stopping by.

    It's great that you are learning cooking from your Mom. Some of the dishes might have been handed down from her Mom. I learnt cooking from my Mom and now my son is learning from me.

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  59. My angel,
    hahahaha.... you want me as a mother-in-law? Tough times ahead. ^-^

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  60. Hi Tina,
    He does make delicious snacks and dishes. His cooking school principal likes him a lot and used to teach him lots of dishes. ^-^

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  61. kissedalotoftoads,
    Yes, I'm proud of him. I want him to be successful too.

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  62. tigerfish,
    没有文武双全啦! 武就有!
    He dislikes studying, so have to make him learn a skill. He has interest in baking though. ^-^

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  63. Hi jams o donnell,
    Every one has their own talents, you are quite a guy yourself!

    Have a great weekend. ^-^

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  64. Captain Picard,
    Yes, I'm very proud of my son. ^-^

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  65. terdirb92,
    I'm sure you could do that! It's not difficult if you put your heart to it.

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  66. Hi jonzz,
    Finally you came! ^-^
    I read and commented on your blog some time ago.
    Welcome!

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  67. LB,
    I wanted to bring him to Penang, but he has classes. If I had brought him, I wouldn't have been injured.

    You'll get to see him when you come to Singapore, or when we go backpacking in Europe. ^-^

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  68. Hi cairo's mom,
    I'm sure your kids are as wonderful and maybe better than Jaymes! Have a great weekend! ^-^

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  69. powerstwinb,
    Thanks for your kind comments.

    I'll do everything to protect my son. Anybody who lays a hand on him will have to face my wrath.

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  70. Hi jc,
    awwww.... that's so kind of you. Thanks.

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  71. eve,
    haha.... yes, he bakes rotiboy! That's why the rotiboy closed down in Singapore. hahaha...

    He's no longer messing up my kitchen, he was taught to clean up after every use. And he has almost perfected his baking skills. ^-^

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  72. Oooo misti!
    That's a look me up high high meme! One million dollars!
    *takes out calculator and furiously works away*

    I'll do it! ^-^

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  73. east meets west kitchen,
    Jaymes is still learning. I want him to take up a professional course with a reknown school. But that will have to wait for a while, after his military service. ^-^

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  74. No fear about MILs! I'll use my 'ka changs' and charms to 'kao tim' her! Hehe...

    *tok oni*
    haha...

    Hope you'll get to go out this weekend... smell the roses... smell whatever there is to smell... hehe... *kisskiss*

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  75. Your son is so smart! Cooking diploma at 13, wow! You're one proud mama. I hope my future son/daughter would make me proud too. Hehehehe

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  76. Like his mom, Jaymes is so 'keng' one,
    :P

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  77. wah.. ur son very talented!! U must be so proud of him! The bread he made look so pro!! Can open shop liao : )

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  78. My angel,
    hahaha.... yeah! MILs these days are reasonable and civilised. (I cannot say that about myself.. ahem...) My parents-in-laws are wonderful! I'm sure you would charm your MIL's pants off. hahaha....

    I hope to get out tomorrow for some fresh air. My guys are gonna bring me out!!!! Hurray!

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  79. Doreen,
    I'm sure your future kids will make you very proud of them! You have a great personality! ^-^

    The diploma is only for baking, he needs a more rounded education.

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  80. blur mommy,
    Yes, his bread is up to standard! He worked in a bakery for a month after his course. Churning out hundreds of bread every 2 hours. It's tough work, but it was great training.

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  81. Wow, I'm sure you are very proud of him. He looks like a talented young man.

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  82. Hi Janie hickok siess esq,
    Thanks for stopping by. yes, I'm proud of him. ^-^

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  83. That's wonderful to have such a creative son and on top he probably prepares wonderful plates too ! My son too has inherited from my creativity, he works as a graphic designer and does the advertising for Nike, Ferrari and other big companies. We can be proud of our sons !

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  84. That sounds great for James. Good for him that he prefers Lego over toy guns. Just goes to say that he prefer to be creative than to be destructive. Nice kid.

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  85. You damn lucky, eh? Son with baking diploma. Now everyday you can have delicious yummy cakes without paying an arm and a leg for it!! (Broken leg, will not do for payment - muahhaha) :P
    He is must be really eligible!! But kudos to you too for allowing him to take it up. Some people, son very precious, got to be waited on hand and foot.

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  86. Hi ECL,
    My you have a million comments today. That's a very creative son you have there. I can see why you are very proud of him. He must have got the genes from you, right?

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  87. gattina,
    I saw your paintings and I was so smitten by them. And that your son has your talent, that is so awesome! To design for Nike and Ferrari, Wow!

    My son may just cook and bake for me, i hope he becomes a celebrity chef. :)

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  88. Hi prudence,
    Thanks for dropping in.
    Yes, I'm glad that he is creative than destructive.

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  89. what else? mummy's heart soars with pride! :)

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  90. stay-at-home mom,
    He having a baking diploma doesn't mean I get cakes and bread to eat everyday! he still has to go to school and he's swarmed with homework. I get to eat his bakes on weekends.

    Yes, I believe in tough training for my son. I want him to be able to take the hardships and rejections in life, that would make him stronger.

    He is made to work in the house although I have a maid. And during weekends and school holidays, he has to work in his Dad's optical shop.

    Occasionally he has to entertain my clients and do presentations. Cheap labour. hahaha....

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  91. Hi jmb!
    Did you have a great time bonding with your family?

    Yes, I'm proud of my son.he has my genes. :)

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  92. sweetpea,
    Yah mannn! You bet I'm proud of him! hahaha....

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  93. CREATIVE son, you must be so proud. I like the captions under the pictures.

    http://joecoolspics.blogspot.com/2007/07/creative.html

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  94. A proud mother to a very talented son! :) He sure seems to be having lots of fun with his activities and that's the greatest part.

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  95. Hi lynn,
    Thanks for stopping by.
    Oh yes. He's having fun because he loves doing such things.

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  96. That's great. You must be very proud of your son's wonderful achievements. Great photos. Looks like he really enjoys doing those things. The bread looks really delicious.

    Thanks for visiting earlier.

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  97. heart of rachael,
    Thanks for stopping by. Yes, I'm proud of my son. Thanks for your kind comments. ^-^

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  98. It sounds like your son is very talented and creative!

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  99. WOW - What a great kid!!!

    Happy Weekend

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  100. My son loves to cook too, and it's so great. To take a course is even better! Your boy has a lot of talent and it's wonderful to see him develop it.

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  101. WOW! Those are some great things he can do! He is definitely creative!

    Mine's up!

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  102. meeyauw,
    My son loves to eat, then he gets interested in the preparation of the dishes and finally took up a course to learn them. I see passion as his motivation. I'll support him all I can. :)

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  103. Your son is really talented !! I feel shame now.... I cant even bake... I only know of to 'bake cake' in the toilet... LOL :)

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  104. Janice,
    aiyoooo.... don't feel bad lah, can 'bake' cake in toilet also an achievement mah! kekeke....

    Not every one likes cooking and baking, must also have interest!

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  105. That's one creative kid you have there! Congratulations to you!

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  106. you certainly do have a talented, creative son! I've always been fascinated by the way chinese knots are made. he can make lots of variations, yes?

    p.s. thanks for dropping by my blog to see if I was ok. you're a sweetheart! hugs!

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  107. He is very talented and creative. I bet it is never boring at your house...something creative going on all the time!

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  108. Would he like to visit Arizona, I hav all kinds of things for him to do!!:)

    ~Becky

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  109. Wow that is so great. It sounds like your son is very talented in the kitchen!

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  110. May,
    Yes, Jaymes can make a variety of Chinese knots. According to him, he learnt to make knots in his Scouts activities, so it was an easy task.

    I hope you are feeling well, didn't see your updates for days.

    *Hugs*

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  111. Hi vader's mom,
    Oh yes, Jaymes is always up to something. Sometimes good, sometimes bad. hehe....

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  112. Hi Becky!
    I'm so happy to see you again!!

    Would you like to have him visit you in Arizona? I'm sure he won't mind! It would be another great experience. ^-^

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  113. Hi whirlwind!
    Yes, he is good in the kitchen. ^-^

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  114. Wow! That is so cool that he likes to do so much.

    Amanda

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  115. long time no see sexy mama hehehe finally free to live a comment ;) lots of things to catch up on this blog damn.

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  116. eastcoastlife,
    Degree? Nothing lah actually. Just a "golden toilet paper". :P

    Just curious, how much is it to get a diploma in baking and cooking?

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  117. Hi Amanda,
    Yes, Jaymes likes to cook and bake and craft. hehehe.... his dad was worried he would turn too feminine.

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  118. Munaks!!!
    Oh my gosh! Where have you been? What have you done? You were MIA for so long! Hibernating? I'm so happy to see you!

    WELCOME BACK!!!
    *Hugs*

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  119. kok,
    Well, you got a golden toilet paper while we have only the normal pang sai jua. hehehe...

    It cost S$1800 for the Diploma in Baking. Diploma in Cooking is over S$2000. Don't know the actual price after GST now.

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  120. Wow! Hope my kids will be as wonderful as Jaymes when they grow up.

    You have brought him up so well :) Kudos to you!

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  121. lzmommy,
    My son is good with his hands. And he has great EQ. Maybe your kids are better at studying? Every kid is different. Try not to compare.

    Thanks so much for your kind comments. ^-^

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  122. Very creative and talented young man. He will always have success come his way with all of this talent.

    Happy Weekend!
    Come see mine:http://thelifeandtimesofgran.blogspot.com/2007/07/photo-hunters-creative.html

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  123. gran (angela)
    Thanks. I hope he would succeed.
    ^-^

    Have a great weekend!

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  124. eastcoastlife,
    Over S$2000? Okie, I think I should start thinking of ideas on how to ask my dad to sponsor me on this course. haha!

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  125. Looks as though he's a " chip off the old block " Not that you are old or anything , that's just an old expression meaning he's just like you...talented, smart.....oh, now I'm really schmoozing!!

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  126. What a good son!
    Very smart and creative.

    Hope you are feeling all right!

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  127. wow...your son is talented! I had to learn a lot about baking and cooking but I love it! Regards from Germany

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  128. kok.
    aiyoo... I thought you would start saving or working to raise that amount of money. -_-"'

    There's a cooking school in KL that trains professional chefs. I try to get the address for you.

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  129. Hi Tom!
    haha.... you schmoozer! Yes, my son has my genes. ^-^

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  130. Hi cats-goats-quotes,
    Thanks for your concern.

    Have a nice weekend!

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  131. Hello Vania!
    Welcome!

    People who has a passion for cooking or baking would try to excel in it. I wish you all the best.

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  132. Wah, your son is so geng. I feel so ashamed!!!!

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  133. U have a talented son! Hello from down under. P.S. just joined photo hunters group too...

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  134. day-dreamer,
    aiyooo.... don't feel this way lah! You are going to university but my son isn't. He might just be a chef only. hehehe....

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  135. Hi Jas,
    Welcome to Photo Hunters. Hope to see you around.

    Have a great weekend!

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  136. Kudos to Jaymes!

    I always think that men who cook or bake are sweeet .. And, Jaymes went out all the way to get Dip in baking!!! Plus all the handicrafts stuff ...

    Oh my, he surely would have many many girls chasing after him ...

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  137. Hi lilMrsT,
    Yes, I like men who bake and cook. They can really pamper a lady. :)

    hmmmmm.... I'm beginning to suspect Jaymes is getting the Diploma in Baking to woo girls. hahaha.....

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  138. eastcoastlife,
    hahaha! Initially, I also thought so. But then, I still wanna become my dad's little boy mah. Education stuff, he pays loh. haha! Nolah, probably I'll work and pay up the school fee if I'm really interested. Let's see how.

    Oh, thanks a lot! I don't know I'll become a professional chef or not. hehe. :p

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  139. Kok,
    haha.. you are good in Maths (calculating) wor! Many parents would do their best to provide for the education of their children.

    It's always good to learn something new and to possess another skill. I encourage my son to learn as much as he wants. We never know which skill he would need in future. ^-^

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  140. Wow your son is really talented. You must be really proud of him. Bravo.

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  141. WOW! What a creative son. . . i wanted to pick up several of those baked goods (breads) and eat them right then!

    i also found it wonderful that he was finishing your counted cross stitch projects.

    I especially love it because he is a guy doing these creative things. May he always be blessed with a creative inclination.

    If you haven't seen mine, come and do so.

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  142. Hi Paulie,
    Thanks for your kind comments.

    Jaymes enjoyed doing all these. I think it is good for him as these are also life skills. He doesn't have to depend on his Mom or wife in future. :)

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  143. Gosh! Your lad is always making it on television. haha

    I'll have to get his autograph!

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  144. simple american,
    haha... yeah. Looks like he has been overexposed!

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