We have a winner…

After 40 weeks of anticipation, our little guy decided to make an appearance at 3:43p.m. on April 15. Weighing in at 3.86kg (8.5lbs) and 53cm long (20.86″), he was the heaviest and longest baby born at the hospital that day.

And he finally has a name! We received over a hundred entries to our little contest, from as far away as Orlando, Florida and Ireland. Many thanks to everyone who entered, and for all your kind wishes.

Some of the more unique and interesting names include “Sjalrome” (pronounced ‘shalom,’ I believe) and “Yassin” (of Moroccan origin), but as things would have it, we came across his English name on the internet one day. So, please say “selamat datang*” to:

Xander Quah Jinn Kye


His Chinese name is (surprise, surprise) 柯 敬 凯, the original Chinese characters we liked—I guess we did a Malcolm Gladwell on it, and went with our first instincts. Jinn Kye, or “Jing Kai” means “honourable victory” or “respected victory”.

The clincher, I think was the ‘X’. It’s a letter that’s unique, memorable, and visually outstanding. Plus, anything with an ‘X’ in it makes it instantly cool. XBox, X-Men, X Games. (‘Xander’ is an abbreviated version of ‘Alexander’ which means ‘defender’ or ‘warrior.’)

We’re actually kind of glad we didn’t name him before he was born, because in the one week we’ve spent with him, his personality just didn’t fit many of the names on the final list.

And here’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for: Congratulations to Vanessa, who on May 6, suggested the name “Quah Jin Khai” and coming closest to the final name, wins the Blu Dot Couchoid Sofa!

Here’s his birth announcement:

(If you’re a non-Singaporean reader, and the above image makes no sense whatsoever, enlightenment available here.)

Once again, many heartfelt ‘thank-you’s to everyone!

Since this is supposed to be a blog about “food and furniture” I guess I should get back to that soon. Perhaps a post on confinement cuisine and baby cots.

*Selamat Datang = “Welcome” in the Malay language 


6 Responses to “We have a winner…”

  1. Mike Rivera Says:


    I couldn’t come up with any good names with an interesting letter like K or X even though in Scrabble I kick butt with such letters. Ah, well. I am a mere mortal.

    I wish you the best and hope you find a decent amount of sleep in the future.

  2. Andy & Ang & Olivia Says:

    CONGRATS!!!!! We’re so excited for you guys and hope the 6 of us can one day get together and hang out, either over there or over here or somewhere else in the world.

    Enjoy him while he’s this age — it keeps getting more challenging as they get older. Olivia’s definitely entering the terrible twos now. Whew!

    Xander’s a frackin’ kick-ass name. Way to go!


  3. laissezfaire Says:

    Jing Kai is nice. Shucks! why didn’t I think of suggesting it??? It is something I would have liked too. =))

  4. Therese Laurin Says:

    Welcome to the world beautiful baby Xander, you look destined for great things!

    …and Yoshi can’t wait to play with you :)

  5. Min Says:

    ooi, how come you never ask me for this contest, I can give you some international flavor, if you did ask…

    Anyway, he looks exactly like you. Really.
    Well done!

    Hope you catch up with your family soon.!
    Please send my regards to Karina.

    PS-actually I like “Kye” just like that..like Kyle cooper ^^


  6. meowfunction Says:

    sab kudus here… AIYO so cute i cant wait to pinch his cheeks when i come home … SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO pinchable… CONGRATS… omg .. u have a kid means syahzan is next in line then me then sam then steph… thats scary

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