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May 14 2015

Reviving The Blog

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It has been a long hiatus. The last entry was dated Oct last year. No,this blog has not been forgotten. It was not abandoned.  It was actually my year 2015 resolution to actively blog again. Unfortunately , time is not at my favour. Hardly any free time to sit in front the PC,lest spending time to blog. It has definitely been a while since I blog hop too. Blogging seems to be an alien affair to me now where it used to be centre of my life,even to the extend of bringing me some moolah

I know with gadgets like the smartphone, tablets and Ipads, that has blogging app ready, one can actually blog anywhere without accessing the laptop and pc. But I enjoy typing on a real physical keyboard, having my 10 fingers running through the keyboard than typing with just my two fingers on this lousy ASUS tab.

It’s draining my energy to type thus far. Especially when I am typing this on a hospital bed. So long for now as a coming back post.

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Sep 20 2014

GUESS Kids Fall 2014 Collection and Campaign

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It was such an honoured for us to be invited to check out the latest GUESS kids  Fall Collection 2014 at KLCC outlet last Saturday.

Girls generally love fashion! So I only brought along my 3 princesses for the event.

It was a really casual and informal event. Though it started 30 minutes late, but the girls had a blast browsing through the store. They went gaga over almost all the outfits available at the store.  How they wish they could own every piece of it.

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Goodies corner at the event

Brand manager Rachel briefed us on the signature Guess denim apparels

Love the Guess denims.

After we have been walked through all the Guess apparels features, I have decided to get an outfit for JE. (Well, since most of the time she always gets hand me down from her sisters, it’s fair to occasionally give a a treat on brand new one)

JS is the one who has an eye of fashion, selected an outfit for her baby sister and dressed her up

Style Mylo. Her two sisters said she looks “high class” wearing a Guess outfit

We met Amber Chia at the event and have a photoshoot together. :)

The Fall 2014 collection is features the wild wild west cow boys and cow girls theme. It showcases the season’s must‐have silhouettes for boys and girls seeking a stand‐out wardrobe. For the girls, denim dominates the Fall collection in the forms of skirts, jeans, jackets and chambray tops. Light‐weight cardigans layered over ruffled floral print dresses add a sweet, youthful touch. For boys, plaid button‐down flannels and distressed denim jeans give an effortlessly cool vibe to the collection while graphic sweatshirts and tees paired with dark‐wash denim add to the relaxed feel. Classic navy blazers, denim jackets and warm jackets are must‐have layering pieces for the crisp, Fall weather.

GUESS kids is currently running a promotion. For any 3 items, you are a 20% off. 30% off for 4 times. On top of that you will are entitled to RM100 rebate if you spend more than RM400 in their outlet. Plus another 10% off if you are a GUESS list member.

If you happen to shop at GUESS kids outlet in KLCC and 1 Utama, you and your kids will also get a free photo souvenir and enjoy snapping pictures in the TINY WILD WEST photo booth.

 

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Aug 26 2014

>Musical Friend

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Lately,  JS is into learning how to play the ukulele. She is a self learner and learn how to play through tutorials found on youtube. She claims that compared to the piano, ukulele is easier to learn. However she may want to explore the other musical instruments. She was browsing through musicans friend to look for other musical instruments that might strike her interest.

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Jul 26 2014

Playing The Piano Again

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I have not touched the piano for ages. Fingers are getting stiffed. Recently Yiruma’s Kiss the Rain caught my attention and I have the urge to learn how to play. I downloaded the sheet and started practicing but i really feel like not up to the standard. I really wish to be able to play better piano like the video below

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Jun 01 2014

There is a possibility that we will relocate AGAIN. We haven’t got our keys yet, but has plan for renovation already. Have been checking with contractors to get quotation and choice of materials for the kitchen builds in. Was thinking maybe for a change, we can try wood veneer sheets for our kitchen cabinets.  We are still waiting for final quotation. Will decide later.

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Jul 20 2013

Wrist and Thumb Pain

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The downside of owning a smart phone is that with the excessive use of it, one tends to get carpal tunnel syndrome more easily. I am starting to feel the pain in my thumb and wrist. I tried to cut down on using the phone, but I guess I am a little addicted to being online. Feeling uneasy if I don’t touch the phone to check what’s happening outside, what’s the latest news etc. And unlike using the laptop with full keyboard where there rest pads for the arms and typing with ten fingers, I am using my thumb to type. I hope I won’t end up having carpal tunnel syndrome.

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May 03 2013

>MPV

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I have been driving the Alza mini MPV since we sold of our old Naza Ria. This Alza consumed less petrol but it is much more smaller in size compared to the Naza. There’s basically no leg space at the third row, it’s much more smaller than the Exora. Don’t even mentioned about luggage space. Previously when the whole family drove down to Singapore, all our luggage took up the third row of passenger seat. We have no choice but to install the rack (just like the yakima racks) and a Thule box.

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Jan 17 2013

Tuition

I am sitting on the fence and sometimes I think I contradict myself.  Tuition, to attend or not to attend.

Tuition is part of almost every student’s life in Malaysia. Providing tuition is a lucrative business. You see tuition centers sprouting all around the neighborhood,  on top of that you have a choice for private home tutors (which both my parents are) to provide one to one tutoring service, and then there’s these private tuition groups available at daycare centers, rented house and home of the tutor.  Even schools offer after class/weekend tuition service.

It’s really necessary to attend tuition?

For the first 3 1/2 years of JS’s schooling journey, she has not attended tuition. I thought I could teach her myself. For me, education is a process of obtaining knowledge not for sitting for exams. I feel that all tuitions are gearing to prepare students on sitting exam and promising how many As they will get.  I feel that tuition is merely tutor giving out a lot of worksheets and get them to do repetitive works, giving exam answering tactics and not so much of imparting knowledge. When I coach my children, it is very different. We often branched out from what is cover inn the books and we took very long time and a little further to do research. I want them to truly understand and to know how it these knowledge are related in our daily life and how to adapt what they learn in real life. But it’s a very long and tedious process which do not promise instant result. You won’t see it right now and then, you won’t see what they’ve gained from their exam marks. All these while JS grades were average, not top of her class, but good enough not be anywhere near the bottom. Her marks remained between 50 – 90. But starting last year, after the 3rd exam of the year, I notice marks for certain subjects had gone down.

As much as i would like to convince myself marks aren’t important and we don’t judge our children by marks, I do have a little worries. A little feeling of something needs to be done. The father feels that something needs to be done too, hence we started looking up for tuition class for her.

I was quite reluctant to start off this tuition trend for my children. I wanted so much to be full involved in their education. I don’t want to tax and wear them out with extra tuition class (some gives extra homework to be done at home, some have endless essays, words to memorize) .  I always have the thought that tuition centers merely buy extra workbooks for them to do, which it not a difficult task for me. But what was difficult for me was to sit down coaching them without distraction from the two younger ones. As much as i love to do it myself, my hands are full as I don’t have a maid. I am not a superwoman and some task needs to be outsourced. Hence with hesitation, we started off sending JS for tuition and getting a private tutor for WH. But i told the kids if they find it too much to bear, then we will work out something else. I told them that by sending them to tuition is not aiming for them to score 100 marks , we are just getting extra help in explaining what they learn in school.

She started her tuition lesson in Aug 2012 and ended in Oct 2012 (class ended along with school holidays). She was happy with the class , she didn’t feel it was an extra burden. In fact during year end award presentation, she received a “improvement award” (学业进步奖)from school, which we have not expected. We didn’t know this award existed.  I do wonder for a second , was it solely her own effort, or was it the tuition class. Would she have made it without tuition?

When the new school term started, I was taking my own sweet time deciding on tuition. As she is in std 5 this year, the school requires them to attend weekend tuition. During the first week of school, she was so bored after school, running out of inspiration to do any craft, she begged me to send her for tuition. I said hold your horses, you don’t even know what activities you will be signing up yet. I don’t want to end up you being tired and worn off.

Later during the second week of school, she told me “my principal said if attend this tuition from school and if we pay attention in class everyday, that is sufficient already, we no longer need any extra tuition from outside”  Sounds good to me.  So we were discussing, that if she goes to school tuition, then I won’t look for anymore tuition for her like last year.  I always keep my option open and I always let them know if one thing own work out, we always have the flexibility to find a workaround.

Then came the notice and form from school. I noticed that the school tuition is to be held twice a month on Saturday after their extra curicular activities which starts at 7.30a.m and ends at 9a.m. Straight on, they need to sit in for tuition till 12pm. We were not given the option to choose what subjects to choose, in fact there is no option to say that the student can be exempted. Which means from 9a.m to 12p.m, they have to sit in for 5 subjects in a normal class environment. Which is no difference from a normal school day. How effective this would be? I doubt.

There and then I decided it’s a waste of time to attend and I told her there is no need to go and I have written a letter of exemption for her. I told her class teacher also (she is our neighbor), she was asking if it’s because of transport issue and she can help me with the fetching. I told her Saturday is our family day.

At the same time i found a tuition center (more of a daycare center that offers tuition) near home which she likes and she has attended two session so far and she is enjoying it as some of her friends are there. Three days out of the week in the afternoon, she goes for tuition for two hours for BM, Mandarin and Science. She wanted Maths too.. but for me, I feel spending four afternoon after school at tuition is very tiring .. really sounds like I am a super lazy mum which prioritize REST , REST and REST! By the way, unlike any Chinese school, JS has got not many homework from school. If she doesnt go for tuition, her afternoons are usually free and easy and pretty relaxing.

As for WH who’s suppose to have his private tuition resumed , has got no need for tuition anymore. SK syllabus is really far more relaxing than Chinese school. I will coach him on his BM personally until to the extend i no longer can help.

Something to ponder on though… why Malaysian student needs tuition..

- It is because our ministry of education had set a very high standard of syllabus whereby our students aren’t able to cope and absorb all the knowledge till the extend they need tuition to catch up

- It is because of school teacher’s incapability? Is it because school teacher do not know how to teach, hence students need tuition to learn what they are suppose to learn?

- Is it because of the students problem? What makes them the lack of capability to adsorb what is taught in school.

- Is it parental problem? Whereby parents think that 90% is not good enough and they are aiming for the children to be in the top 5?

As mother who wants to unschool, feels a little guilty of sending her kids to tuition. But today, I stumbled on this , and it makes me feel relief a little’

unschooling does not mean that we don’t ever do workbooks, that we don’t ever practice our math skills, that we don’t seek out mentors and put our children in formal classes. We do all of those things. What it does mean is that I don’t expect them to learn anything at a predetermined time. I don’t believe that when it comes to learning there is some magical age appropriate topic that you must study when you reach a certain age or that learning can only be obtained through workbooks, textbooks, and tests.

To me, unschooling means that you educate outside of the box, that you use the resources, the community, and the real life opportunities that surround you to raise curious, knowledge-seeking children.

 

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Dec 18 2012

>Burning Mid Night Oil

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Hubby told me he needs to do a presentation urgently this week and needed my help on it. That explain why I am still up at this hour. Thank goodness, the kids aren’t around and I can have some quiet and peace moment to help him sort out some slides. When these are done, I need to go getlocal presentation folder printingfor him. Now..I am like his secretary!!

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Jun 12 2012

[Picture Books] – Maybelle The Cable Car

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We received this book from book depository a week before we are bout to head to US for our vacation. San Fran is one of our stop.

When I ordered this book, I knew nothing about the story line. I didn’t read any of the book reviews of the synopsis of the story. The reason I’ve ordered it was because WH loves transportation, well I thought this would be nice specifically for him. The other reason was that the author Virginia Lee Burton of this book is an award winning author. Along with her other books, this is one of the book that is more suitable for older readers.

The book came, I read to them and personally got hooked to the book too. I love the tiny details in the drawing, so attentive and careful and definitely we (the children and me) had walked through another history lesson. We then google more about San Francisco Cable Cars and read more about it. I told Wh that SF will be one of the place we will be visiting and hopefully we can take a ride on the Cable Car too.

When I read through the book, it had mentioned about in the late 1940s the cable cars were almost stripped from San Francisco and it took petitions and ballot measures by the citizens and fans of San Fran near and far to keep these symbols of the city in operation. I can’t help to relate it to our situation of Jalan Sultan. Where our government are tearing down heritage buildings to make way for development. Activists had taken action trying to safeguard the heritage building. But unlike the democratic US, where the people’s voice are heard in a fair way, ours, a democratic country, but not very democratically run by the current government, never ever takes the people voice seriously. I can’t help to feel a pang of pain comparing the two incidents.

-written on 19/4/2012 4.40 pm

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