Monday, January 18, 2016

Our First Grand Child marking the beginning of a new Era

Liú Yù Li (劉毓莉) in Chinese or Leah Liu in English


First pic received at birth from Jay her father with a message in facebook messenger, "Your granddaughter is 6 lbs 7 ounces! Both she and Su are doing well and resting. Su gave a unspeakably valiant effort in bringing this soul into the world"

The birth couldn't be more timely as it happened on their morning of Monday Jan 18th in Boston US while it was before midnight of the same day too in Malaysia/Singapore time! Also on the day before at Church on Sunday afternoon in Kuala Lumpur, we bade farewell to an old family friend of ours at Church in a funeral service as recorded in the previous post.  This is to me a close following of events of life, a death and a birth, which I recalled was similar when we ushered in the new year of 2008 with a Death, Marriage and Birthday event in January as recorded here.

A secret group entitled "Su's Virtual Baby Shower" was created by Jay's sister Kyleen in facebook.

On a screen capture shot of the group page, we can see 173 members have joined. It tickles me to see that the 6 pics on my view of the group page shows all 6 of our children in the following order from left to right : Han, Shuan, Ray, Fei, Su (Baby's mother) and Ern! Hmmm.... with the number 7 seen in the total number of members of 173, I could record this coincidence in my Story of 7 blogpost!

The following photos were released in the facebook secret group a few days after birth :








What a pretty awesome looking baby don't you think? Looking at her with eyes opened, reminds me of the calmness of her father with a smug look of determination of her mother! Seeing the smiles of her parents and grandma holding her in the group photo above reminded me of the joy of birth as it has been a long time since I have been closed to a new born baby. 

The closest was the first baby of my nephew Ryan - Woon Ming and his wife Jenn, who was born on 9 Oct 2015 and named by his parents as 'Rui Yang'. Unfortunately I have not got to see him yet as he was with his mother at birth to stay with her parents' home during the one month Chinese confinement period when I was in town to visit Ryan's parents. Due to my shuttling trips to Singapore and my constant busy travel schedules elsewhere in and outside of Malaysia, I missed out on family gatherings with their family at my brother's home when Rui Yang would be there!

The above pic is shared here as something coincidentally happened the day this pic was taken. I was with my guests from Hong Kong visting Malaysia as shared with more details in this post. This photo up in Penang Hill was quickly taken for us using Wu's phone camera by a Dr Choo whom we met near the peak walking in the same direction as us and she showed us a short cut to the common public area from our trail. Both my friends put up their fist as a sign of victory that they reached the peak but since Yonnie in pink had her fist close to my face, I instinctively opened my mouth wide as if taking a punch but looked just like baby Leah's widely opened mouth!



See the date of the group of photos below which is a screen shot of the facebook secret group screen that I had captured showing January 22 as well as the screen shot of Wu Yuk Choi's post on facebook  further below :

Leah's photo with her mouth opened was included in the above group of 8 photos added by Jay on Jan 22nd while Wu Yuk Choi whose phone camera was used posted the photo below also on Jan 22nd.


A number of thoughts flashed through my mind with the birth of our first grandchild, looking at the pics above. Maybe I could better reflect my thoughts through a few old pics and journal pages that I can recall, as a 'multi-sensory human', to share them as follows starting with a video of Su made on the occasion of her wedding :



How wonderful the feeling to have a new precious baby into the world again as we felt when we had our 2nd baby Su, enjoying the miracle of birth 17 months later after her sister Fei.

Su's birth of Leah or Yù Li makes me think of the Mom of the family who gave birth and nurtured all 6 of the children. It was nice of Su and Jay to pick the name Li in Chinese which is similar to Mom's Lee in her name. The above two baby pics are of Su while the first child and pioneer to forge the future with her young parents is Fei pictured below.

Rekindling appreciation to Lady Diana from Ipoh also comes to my mind as she was consistently there to care for Mom and the baby 6 times during our child bearing years i.e. at the birth of all of our children to care for mother and baby during the confinement month after birth, traditional in a Chinese family. I am therefore grateful to know that Jay's mom Grace had already planned to be there to render assistance to Su and her new baby when Leah was born!

Diana Toh is seen seated on the front left in a restaurant in Ipoh. This was part of our journey with my Hong Kong guests starting from Kuala Lumpur covering several places to visit in a 7 day duration which included also the island of Penang, nature outdoors in Pahang, historic Melaka and various parts of Kuala Lumpur for shopping in malls, dinners with friends and icon sites like the KLCC towers covered here.


My mind seemed more creative at the birth of each of our children as shared in our annual newsletter above in the year 1992 where we had printed as the opening line, "With the Chongs...it's news on either mother's new cute baby or Father's new brainchild company."  The score after 8 years of marriage was 3 babies and 5 companies as can be read in this link here.  We continued with 3 more children as recorded here as I continued to break records in our family world as well as in the business world as recorded there.

It seemed after cancer had stricken mom for 7 years and after her passing to leave the youngest boy at 15 for me to play Mr Mom for another 3 years till he was 18, there was no new baby nor company. The above newsletter was to kick off 1992's Chinese new year of the monkey with monkey business, and I guess this 2016 is kicking off the year of the monkey again with more creative juices flowing in my Heart and Mind. Indeed, having our first grand child is marking the beginning of a new Era in our Familylane flagship.  So many new and exciting things or events to look forward to in the next cycle of the Chinese Almanac years I suppose!

The joy of starting a new personal dating relationship was announced in the creation of Lovelane about the Story of Didi and Boynie. Yes, it is as if suddenly I'm feeling young again. Honestly I find my heart and mind is always feeling the same way like how Boynie felt, the nick name given to me as a kid by my parents that all my siblings still call me by. I may have become a father and even a grand father today with much accumulated knowledge that never stopped increasing as I had never stopped learning, but I seemed to have always kept my childlike faith in life and later in the creator of it too. Like a kid, I'm easily excited by new things, interesting people or stories and at awe with the wonders of the world in sometimes very ordinary life situations like childbirth or even the birth of a puppy. I became a master of change or of Optimal Performance and Thinking (OPT) that gave birth to the acronym OPTION that I coach others in. 

My latest endeavor in our world today will be shared in Talklane launched in 2016 very soon. It is the culmination of my years of experience in what the world call 'social media' today. For me, it is just a habit of mine to share with and uplift others with my rich experiences of life, holding on to my child like faith as I began to wear bigger shoes and assume larger responsibilities, wearing many different hats indeed but would never fail to write my journals and create my videos signed as Dad the KL City Kid.

Welcome Liú Yù Li (劉毓莉) to this wonderful world of ours where you would create your own mark in this world as your ancestors have done so long before you were born.





I look forward to meeting you Live in Person in 2016.

Post Development events :

Dialogue with mother Su on facebook messenger :
What can you tell me about Leah's name Yu Li that relates to Mom's Geok Lee?
Mom's name is 玉莉 yù lì, meaning "Jade" and "Jasmine". Leah's name is 毓莉 yù lì, meaning "to nurture; educate" and "Jasmine". Both Yu characters have the same 4th tone, so when the names are spoken/read, they SOUND exactly the same. But when written, the Yu's are two different words. Mom's 玉 yù is shared with her sisters, like how Jie Jie and I share Min. Leah's 毓 yù is the generation name assigned in the Liu family poem. Like how Woon is assigned to the boys in the Chong family.
That is great to know. I will document it in the blog post
When Jay and I learned about the 毓 yù generation name, we thought it was too good of a "coincidence" that we could name the baby after mom. Even though traditionally speaking, only the boys in the family would use 毓 yù, Jay and I felt good about naming the baby after mom. So we ended up using the generation name for our baby girl.
I could imagine Mom smiling and feel she has met Leah too possibly
Yes, I am sure mom sent Leah off when the time came.
More and more people I know are passing away who are younger than me and I'm thinking there are happy reunions there too as there are on earth here when old friends or family members meet!
Were you aware Bro Cannon passed away in Jan last year just short of turning 100 in Feb. I did memorials of him and other couples found in a link at the bottom of Daniel Wong's post. I could get the obituaries of all the American couples but for Bro and Sis Redd who served in Ipoh whom Mom and I visited with when we were sealed in SLC temple. It was a spiritual moment when I discovered more than an Obituary of them in the Newpapers but Sis Redds journal of their life covering their mission days in Malaysia too!
Dunno why I just can't forget those who lived and have left us especially if they have been closed to me in one way or another. I'm glad for the computer technology that is helping me keep all these links I have in my brain!!!
Jay and I got to visit Brother and Sister Cannon's grave when we were in Utah this past November.
That's nice of two of you to drop by. I lost contact with him when I called and he was having a hard time hearing so I couldn't keep in touch through phone any more and he doesn't use the computer anymore either!
Photos taken on November 24, 2015.

Su posted the above photo, an info graph done by Leah's father Jay, in her Virtual Baby Shower facebook group. Leah is really looking like and Emperor's daughter indeed!



Leah's first laughter :

Haha... I laughed with the baby as Su sang the song in the above video that can be heard in our familylane oldies performance video here.

4 months old on 18 May 2016


Comments from her mother, "Her latest super power- she can sit up all by herself!"


Superman or not, Grand Pa the Blur King without Grand Ma physically present, who named herself the Drama Queen, was just happy he estimated the right size for Leah to wear!

The Journey begins!

Flights have been booked for Grand Pa to be in the USA and Utah from June 7 to 21. Big Auntie Fei from Los Angeles and Uncles Han and Shuan from Singapore will also be there. The younger Uncles Ern and Ray have to remain in Singapore for Army and Internship at college respectively for the two of them.

First from Kuala Lumpur to Johor Bahru to catch this photo at 5.07am :



Then Early in the Morning crossed to Singapore!



A slight twist to the expected journey happened when I got to Singapore with regards to Ern and Ray. Read the full story of the 2016 grand familylane reunion in Utah by clicking here.


11 Jun 2016

Grandpa gets to carry Leah for the first time who is about 5 months old

She is probably wondering who is carrying her and what is this ENGLAND thing about. Well the Euro 2016 football championship was on and as the chart below shows, there was a match between England and Russia on 11 June 2016!



15 Jun 2016

Leah's Baby blessing day at the Liu's home in Orem Utah





5 Oct 2016

Coming to 9 months old!


Wishing Happy Birthday to Grandpa from Leah, Su & Jay

Continuing video from just after Leah's birth to the summer of 2016 reunion, then to her 1st birthday on 18 Jan 2017 and Han's visit to Boston during the Spring break from Yale Connecticut in the same year:


18 June 2017

A Happy Birthday celebration for 2 June babies Fei and Ern all done on Father's day with Leah as the star in our family hangout :


It turned out to be a special day as it was also the wedding anniversary of Su and Jay married on 18 June 2011



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