Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Kids dinner etiquette

The other day we went to Secre*t Rec*pe at KL Sentral , while waiting for hubby to land.
Me, Dahlia, Jojo and Sara as well as MIL.
Actually, only planned to wait in the car as hubby said he'll be arriving at 7.30 pm and we had timed it so that our arrival there was also at 7.30 p.m
When there was no sign of him at 8 pm I called Nadine at home to ask her to check the website of KLIA on the status of his arrival. Lo and behold- delay.
Now I know what the fuss was about with MAS delays.
Anyway since the lady at MAS hotline (now my best friend) confirmed that flight took off nearly 2 hours from scheduled, we decided to de-park ( or is that "un park") ie get outta the car, and go for makan.
Kids were ecstatic at the prospect of (a) makan luar at a restaurant and (b) telling Sophia and Nadine, who had thought we weren't going to be long and then had chosen not to come.
Anyway this post is to tell you, not about how I basically ignored my hubby in the first 3 minutes of his arrival (unplanned - I truly thought I was ok but when push came to shove I could not talk to him lah) BUT rather how my kids were at a restaurant.
The ideal post would be to tell you that they sat, perused the menu quietly, and when the meal came, ate neatly and from their own plate
The actual event? Everyone fought over the menu, until it became clear that everyone WILL get a menu of their own. NO one wanted to go to the KIDS menu, until I tell them that EVERYTHING in the other lists other than the chicken burger, spagbol and the fish and chips, are OFF LIMITS. Sara wanted fish and chips. Dahlia wanted spaghetti bolog and jojo did not know what he wanted and haaaahed and hawwweed over his choice until his mother told him either he ordered now or else she was going to order spag bol for him. He chose chicken burgers- It looked rather neat, tiny baps of burgers.
The waitress made a mistake of asking whether we wanted chicken burgers or beef. Further deliberation ensued..
Finally ate..Dahlia wanted a bit of Sara, Sara wanted a bit of Johan's and Johan did not want his, until Dahlia also wanted a bit and then Johan thought he'd better try it lah.
After they ate, I would like to say that they sat nicely and chatted amongst themselves. They sat, played with the ends of their baju, Johan got under the table and took great delight in surprising his sisters from behind their chair, Dahlia decided to go look at the cakes, Sara wanted the choc moist cake - etc etc . I cool je until Johan decided to put both arms in his shirt and pretended he was the no arm monster. Dahlia wanted the loo, and as soon as she came back , Johan wanted to go to the toilet and then it was Sara. Why cant they go together , is not something I can answer
And this scenery was what Dad came back to....


MAMAMIA said...

I dah malas gie makan kat luar. The kids will always play the fool, eat very little, numerous trips to the loo, etc, etc.

Yang tension tu, balik rumah, bila tengah malam, semua mengadu lapar!!!

Dad of Four said...

We are like Mamamia - malas nak bawa kids to eat out...Tapi kesian plak and bawak jugak and end up regretting later! LOL

Superwomanwannabe said...

Mamma mia
Yup!! Sounds familiar! Especially when you yell bedtime..they become "extra" hungry....!

Superwomanwannabe said...


I must applaud the staff at Secret Recipe there, they were very very very patient with kids.

Bila nak dating with the kids nie.

Dad of Four said...

SW - Good suggestion...They can keep each other company and we can yak away (mmm...you think, they can behave ah?)

Winter Sonata sure is different at 49 years old!

Believe it or not I am rewatching Winter Sonata.. ee geram betul I dengan si Yujin tu lah... she really was a wutz wasn't she? and...