Syamu Neko Kyodai

I woke up pretty early this morning – around 6:30 am – rarin’ to get out of bed and ready to go to work. It’s Friday, last day at work, and I just want to get this day done and over with as soon as possible. Can’t wait to get to the weekend!

Aya performs together with the other kids in her class. She is the second one from the right in this picture.

After a few minutes, Aya got out of bed and looked for me. I thought it was unusual for her to wake up so early in the morning – usually, I have to create a grand ruckus in our bedroom just to wake her up. But today was different. She spoke hoarsely. Then when my hand touched her skin – yikes! She felt so hot. I knew instantly that she has fever. I measured her body temperature, and the thermometer gave a reading of 38.0 C.

Sigh. So much for my Friday. I sent emails to our group telling them that I won’t be coming in for work. :( Hey, work will always be there. Right now, my daughter needs me more than my work does. But I guess, I could also view it this way: I got my weekend earlier than I thought. :)

And so here I am, stuck in the house, caring for a sick daughter, and what do you know, finally getting to do some of the things that I’ve been postponing for a long time. Like cleaning our kitchen (the oil deposits are getting thicker by the day, and it’s been months since I cleaned the area!), tinkering with our new PC’s media center (thanks to Baggy who has been patiently setting up our new PC; Windows Vista has been a real pain in the ass, but now we can just sit back and enjoy) and uploading some pics and videos. Anyway, I realized that I have yet to blog about Aya’s first stage performance. I had been meaning to do this since last month!

And so, without further ado, here is a video clip taken during the musical performance by Aya’s group at the music school. The title of their performance is “Syamu Neko Kyodai.” In the performance, two different classes were actually joined together, although this was the one and only time that they saw each other and performed together. In Aya’s class, the kids had to practice singing and doing the actions for several weeks prior to the performance.


The tail that Aya wore for the performance was made out of one of her long socks, which was stuffed with soft yarn, sewn at top and fitted with a garter so she can wear it on her waist. I made it, of course. :) Anyone interested in custom-made cat tails for kids? 😉

The stage was awesome – I didn’t expect it be so huge. And there was even a professional emcee – wow! Much to my delight, Aya didn’t show any signs of stage fright, unlike the other kid who held on to her mom for dear life (look for the girl at the leftmost side). Wow, I’m feeling like a stage mom already. :) We stayed a bit longer to watch the older kids perform, just to get an idea of what Aya would be doing when she moves on to the higher class. We learned that the older kids get to play on the piano by themselves, cool!

Mag-inang pusa. Taken putside the hall after Aya’s performance. :)

This was the song they sang in Japanese:
シャム猫兄弟
全部で五匹
シロ、クロ、ミケ、ブチ、最後にトラ
チーズケーキを見つけると
仲良し兄弟
喧嘩しちゃう

シロ(シロ)、クロ(クロ)、ミケ、ブチ(ミケ、ブチ)、トラ(トラ)
シロ、クロ、ミケ、ブチ、トラ

シャム猫兄弟
お昼寝してる
シロ、クロ、ミケ、ブチ、最後にトラ
みんなくっついて寝てるから
ふわふわの毛布みたい

シロ(シロ)、クロ(クロ)、ミケ、ブチ(ミケ、ブチ)、トラ(トラ)
シロ、クロ、ミケ、ブチ、トラ

シャムは一匹もいないけど
シロ、クロ、ミケ、ブチ、トラ

And here is my rather clumsy attempt at translating it into English:

Siamese cat siblings
All in all five of them
Shiro, Kuro, Mike, Buchi and lastly Tora
When they chance upon a cheesecake
Chummy siblings will go on a fight

Shiro (shiro), Kuro (Kuro), Mike Buchi (Mike Buchi), Tora (Tora)
Shiro, Kuro, Mike, Buchi, Tora

Siamese cat siblings
Taking an afternoon nap
Shiro, Kuro, Mike, Buchi and lastly Tora
All of them sleeping close together
They look like soft blankets

Shiro (shiro), Kuro (Kuro), Mike Buchi (Mike Buchi), Tora (Tora)
Shiro, Kuro, Mike, Buchi, Tora

None of them became a Siamese
Shiro, Kuro, Mike, Buchi, Tora

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36 Responses to Syamu Neko Kyodai

  1. ann says:

    hi kathy! uy, my son also had fever last saturday and i was worried too. that’s the first time he had a fever. it’s hard pala talaga when your child is sick. hope aya’s ok now. :)

  2. pining says:

    ang cute nila :-)
    talking about being a stage mom, I felt the same way with my firstborns’ nativity play… I was overwhelmed with pride!
    thanks for sharing Kathy… lovely picture with your daughter, too :-)

  3. snglguy says:

    I hope little Aya will be a lot better by the weekend. Take care and have a great weekend…

  4. vic says:

    Hehehe, didn’t understand a word, but children are always fun to watch having fun. Hope the little girl recover fast. She was enjoying the show.

  5. Belle says:

    Kathy, Ang galing naman nila! Aya looks cute! You know whenever my daughters sang in the choir, I usually could hear their voice among the others from where I was seated. Hope she feels better soon.

  6. verns says:

    They are soo cuutteee. Sayang at naputol na yung sa huli where they were wagging their tails na hehe

    I thought they were singing about Dora lol :)

    Anyway hope Aya’s feeling much better now Kat. Happy weekend.

  7. kathy says:

    Yeah, me too! I was so panicky the first time my daughter had fever. Mahirap talaga pag may sakit ang anak…minsan nga gusto mo ikaw na lang ang magkasakit instead of them.

  8. kathy says:

    Thanks a lot, pining. :) Glad to know you were able to relate to my “stage mom” experience. Seeing our children perform – it’s priceless! The good thing nowadays, we can document these events in our children’s lives and share with them to others through the internet. The wonders of technology, eh?

  9. kathy says:

    Thanks, snglguy! Yesterday Aya’s fever rose to 40 C…shocking. Today the fever has lowered down but she still has difficulty swallowing.

    Have a great weekend too! :)

  10. kathy says:

    Children will always be the stealers of the show. :) Glad to know you had fun watching the video, Vic! Here’s hoping Aya recovers soon…hay, ang hirap!

  11. kathy says:

    Thanks Belle! It’s great that these children get to experience musical activities like these at an early age – who knows, maybe in the future they would become talented musicians! Like your daughter, di ba? :)

  12. kathy says:

    Ay oo nga. Dapat sana yung part na lang ng emcee yung kinacrop namin. Will try to do something about it. Cute nga yung pag-wag nila ng tails. :)

    Thanks, I too hope that Aya recovers soon. Have a great weekend Verns!

  13. Gina says:

    Kathy, hopefully your little superstar =) is much much better now. Take care!

  14. annamanila says:

    What a cute performance by cutie-cutie girls. Nahuhuli yata ng konti si Aya … o masyado mabilis yung katabi nya? lol they seem to be having fun doing the cat performance. Ang ganda naman ng setting — mukhang high tech.

    Hope Aya gets well soon. Pero okay din yung you were able to fix the kitchen and bond with your sick child on your unexpected day-off.

  15. Chateau says:

    What a cute number! And thanks for the tip on the kitty tail – will come in handy for halloween 😀 It does work ha – looks like Garfield’s tail.
    Hugs to little Aya, i hope she is well now.

  16. I hope Aya is feeling much better now.

    I only have a dial-up connection and unable to view You Tube at home. Will do so when I’m at an Internet Cafe :)

  17. kathy says:

    Thanks Gina! Today – Sunday – Aya is already feeling better. Hay salamat. 😀

  18. kathy says:

    Haha, you’re very observant! I agree, medyo nahuhuli nga si Aya – mukhang kailangang kumuha pa ng cue sa mga katabi niya. 😛 By the way, that stage was at the public citizen’s hall, a property of the city of Tsukuba. Hightech di ba?

    Thanks, today Aya is more or less feeling like her “genki” self. The worst is over. :)

  19. kathy says:

    Pang-Halloween, oo nga no? :) I picked striped orange so it will stand out from the rest. And what do you know, it does look like Garfield’s tail! :)

  20. kathy says:

    Thanks, Eric. Aya seems to be alright now. I think she’ll be okay. :)

    Sayang, you were not able to view the YouTube video – anyway, feel free to drop by again. 😉

  21. rhodora says:

    Aya, get well soon, dear little girl!

    Ang cute ng presentation nila. Alam mo Kathy, hindi ako nagulat sa ganda ng stage nila, kasi ang hilig kong manood sa cable TV ng mga Japanese productions, concerts, etc. Ang galing, superb at spectacular ang stage nila lagi! At siyempre naman, nasa kanila na lahat ng technical knowhow, di ba.

    On the pic: Kathy, Talagang magkamukha kayo ni Aya. Sana may mag-sponsor na blog ng Mother and Daughter look alike contest, sali tayo! hehe.

  22. Gypsy says:

    How sweet!! And you made the costume pa–o di talagang stage mama ka na! 😉 Hope Aya’s get well soon!

  23. Leah says:

    Proud mama ka pala. syempre di ba? I am too. I’m the same whenever my daughter has some activities in school.
    Hope the fever has died down and Aya is better.

  24. Abaniko says:

    Glad to know from the comment thread that your little girl is feeling better already. And you’re correct. Family should come before work. Kaya nga tayo nagtratrabaho eh para sa loved ones natin.

  25. Wil says:

    awww…. ang cute naman nila. 😀 Looks like she’s the only Pinay from the two classes. Anyway, hope she gets well soon.

  26. Toni says:

    hope Aya is back to her old self today.thanks for translating the song,katuwa naman ang cute nila. yup that stage is quite impressing, very professional.

  27. niceheart says:

    Oh my! They are so cute. And I like the tail that you made for her. I guess I’m also a stage mom x 3. He he he.

    Pag-aaralan ko na nga talagang kopyahin yung videos namin sa computer para ma-i-share na rin. :)

    Hope you’re little girl is feeling all better now.

  28. smarie says:

    hi kathy! your daughter aya is such a cutie. i hope she’s feeling better now.

    personally, i haven’t had the chance to be a stage mom yet. maybe some time soon. LOL!

  29. kathy says:

    Know what, as far as the stage is concerned, I really didn’t expect too much because all I knew beforehand was that it was to be held at a public hall. So alam mo na…”public lang” so I was thinking of something less extravagant. Turned out I was wrong! :)

    Mom and daughter look-alike contest? lol…sige ba, sali tayo! :)

  30. kathy says:

    Thanks, Gypsy! Aya’s okay now. Ang bait mo naman, kahit nasa trip ka nakakapagbloghop at comment ka pa…idol! :) Take care!

  31. kathy says:

    Thanks for the well wishes. :) Oh yeah, I’m a proud mama – the perks of motherhood! Glad to know that moms like you feel the same way. Let’s enjoy these moments with our children as much as we can.

  32. kathy says:

    Amen to that, Abaniko! :) No one can replace our roles as parents to our children.
    And btw, balik na naman sa kakulitan si Aya! Mukha na namang pigsty ang aming living room. lol

  33. kathy says:

    Thanks Wil! Actually she’s the only “foreigner” in their class. I guess not too many foreigners are fond of these classes, perhaps because the classes are conducted in Japanese. Ok lang sa akin, kasi pang-kindergarten level lang naman ang Nihonggo ko hehe.

  34. kathy says:

    Finally! Somebody commented on the song itself, haha. 😉 Anyway, that translation is the best I can come up with, and I’m sure there are some flaws in it…but anyway, it seems like I was able to convey the right thoughts.

    Oo nga eh…mukhang pang-pro yung stage, kumpleto pa with lights! :)

  35. kathy says:

    Niceheart, I’m sure it’s really very exciting for you – what with Reggie blooming into such a serious musician! And your two other kids…wow, I could imagine how proud you are!

    Sharing those videos is a great idea…I hope you can post some of them soon. :)

  36. kathy says:

    Thanks, Sheila!
    Oh, children grow up so fast, don’t worry. Pretty soon you’ll be swamped with activities, you’ll know for sure how it feels to be a stage mom. :)

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