Tuesday, September 27, 2016

My thought on Homeschooling

Hi folks!

I have been following the homeschooling trend for sometime and ever seriously
thought of moving my kids to this form of learning as well albeit, i still won't be 
able to homeschool them myself, but rather might need to send them to a learning center that
truly advocates homeschooling rather than just another tuition centre.

What is my thought on homeschooling?
To me it should be a form of learning that:
- supports individual children learning speed, style and needs
- whenever possible to be carried out at home with their parents/ co-op with other homeschooling parents

Even though i couldn't homeschool my kids right now as I still need a full-time paying job (hopefully i get to switched to WAHM fully),
I would like to experiment, explore and also engage my kids to such learning at least during the weekend and when they are home.

I hope to build up their confidence and to be more vocal as it's not really a habit for kids in chinese0-based
school to ask questions or even to challenge the teacher on any subject for the matter.

The chinese school teaches them more on discipline, structure, "obedience" and to be "skillful" through umpteen drilling, be it, writing, reading, calculating,etc.

No good or bad, but more to whether such learning style suits your children.

I hope to devise a plan to work this out soon...some mini-homeschooling.

Do share with you if you have such plans in mind or already been carrying out like a homeschooling "gurus".

All ideas and sharing are most welcome.

Thanks for reading...and Cheers to a bright and fruitful day!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Travelling with young children

Hi folks,

Finally, we managed to release my father's dream (and mine too) to have an overseas trip together with all my family members (siblings and their hubbies and children).

It meant a lot to my dad as it's really hard to gather everyone together at the same place, same time and what's more having fun together!

Thanks to my travel-savvy two sistas, at the initiation of my eldest sis, we managed to make it happen for my dad and for us.

I have always love travelling. Before I got married, I would travel to a country every year with my one-year savings of leaves and money.

I used to work in education sector, thus I managed to have quite long break during the year end.

Thus, I used that time to travel to a country for more than 2 weeks to one month. I am lucky at some places I get to stay with friends who showed me the local cultures and habits.

I feel travelling opens up ones' horizon, vision and also polish up some skills whether in learning a new language, learning a new cuisine, new culture and learning news things about another country.

After settling down with few kids, travelling becomes a luxury. DH who is often very occupied both at work as well as some of his "community" work, often finds it hard to find time to travel. To certain extent, he felt travelling expenses are quite high and hard to justify.

Therefore, it's pretty hard for me to convince DH for a travelling trip, if not because of other family members inviting us along, other buddies inviting along, or perhaps if i am lucky enough to gather enough airmiles credit for a not-too-expensive trip.

So far, we have been to Langkawi (yey) when ZS is 6 months old, together a group of our buddies whom we have known for years.

And on this trip, ZS is 3 year-old. He is far more curious and have better retention of memory of course as compared to his first flight back when he was only 6 month old.

More than 2 weeks past, he is still telling me every night before he sleep during our nightly chat/bed-time story:

ZS: Mommy, i am very happy.

Mommy: Oh..what makes you happy?

ZS: I am happy that i went to sit on an airplane.

Mommy: Why sitting in an airplane makes you happy?

ZS: I get to open the window (he request to sit near the window), eat ice-cream (courtesy of MAs airlines which serves very yummy ice-cream on-board during our family trip to Bangkok) and watch cartoon.

Mommy: Oh..that's nice. But do you know you can also enjoy yummy icre-cream and watch cartoon without sitting on an airplane?

ZS: I like to sit on an airplane and go to stay in our new house with bath tub (a.k.a. the hotel room that comes with bath tub which he fondly calls our new home). Mommy when can we go to our new house again? I want to bath in the bath tub.

Mommy: .....let us ask daddy ok...

From then on, each time I said bath time, he would request to take his bath at our "new home with bath tub". 

Let's see when does this magical airplane memory stays on...the last time he ever mentioned so happily and fondly of his experiences was when i took 2-week break from work last year and bring him to some trips with my sister and her children visiting malls with lovely Christmas decor, trying ice-skating for the first time and seeing artificial snow for the first time.

It's really heart-warming to see him glow and repeat all the things he saw and experience during our travelling trip.

Hope we get to create more such fond memories for them.


Monday, September 19, 2016

My first solo trip after many years

Hi folks,

It's been quite a long time since I make a solo and personal trip (i.e. without my kids and DH).

Last two weeks, I have made a solo one-day trip to a nearby country to attend my classmate's wedding.

It was both refreshing and inspiring for my body and soul.

I think i hit my exercise quota in that single day. Never have I walked and sat so much for so long. I have sat in the plane for more than 2 hours, walked for few hours, took close to 5 hours of trains/lrt and an hour on bus all in a single day.

The usual me would probably travel there by car(driven by DH of course!).

I saw things I usually wouldn't otherwise noticing if i were to travel with children.

I saw these lovely children trolley at the airport as well as a handy light-weight wheelchair for our disabled friends.

I researched on public transports, duration of each transit, etc. It was all humbling and refreshing to be travelling on a budget trip ever since i finished college/university.

As I walked passed each places, I kept track of how I would travel to this place again with my daughter in our next mother-daughter trip that I hope to make.

I learnt to make the most of my short stay and short trip, while keeping to my budget.

Travelling alone gave me time to think, to introspect, to observe and of course to miss my family members (awfully lotss) and at the same time to look inside on that individual ME again.

This is just a beginning, i hope in near future I get to have do more of such trips, i.e. mother-daughter trip, buddy trip, siblings trip and maybe a second honeymoon trip with DH.

There sparks the travelling bug in me again....my second passion after reading...

May I get the chance to travel more often in the future for a good cause!

Cheers and have a lovely days ahead!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Schooling days

Hi folks!

Lately, the Olympic games as well as seeing some shots of my former school great athletes brings back some nostalgic memories of the good old days.

Back then, my sister and I would represent our team and eventually school in sports events. It is certainly much more fun compared to studying in the classroom all day.

I love running in the field and alas lying on it and look at the sky after each practice session. Not to mention the privilege to take time to practice while others are studying in the classroom.

KY is just like me, she loves all these co-curricular activities more than her schoolwork.

She would joined robotics, cheer leading, ballet, gymnastic, swimming, etc. That made her day. Whatever excite her or made her days are due to her getting the chance to participate these activities at school or after school.

I love my kids involved in all these physical activities besides having their usual routine and schoolwork.

Hopefully, they will enjoy these and have fond memories like i did.

Cheers to a happy schooling days....

Saturday, August 6, 2016

One pot nourishing porridge

Hi folks!

KY asking for steamboat last night thus we had steamboat for dinner with our(or my) new kitchen toy.

Didn't manage to capture picture cos was busy preparing and then eating. Steamboat dinner is supposed to be "interactive" with lots of chance to be proactive to scoop the ingredients we like to be cooked and also the time to mingle and chat while waiting for the ingredient to be cooked. One lovely meal if you have the time for slow meal.

And here is what I've made for breakfast today..one pot nourishing porridge cooked with the leftover of fresh ingredient from the steamboat last night. Added some red dates and tong kwei for the extra nourishing. I find it very comforting to have some tong kwei and herbs especially after each menstrual cycle completed(ladies you will know what I meant) to replenish the Qi and energy.

Do what are you having for breakfast today during your lovely weekend?

Bon apetit!


Thursday, August 4, 2016

My new kitchen toy

Hi folks!

My trusty multi-level steamer has bid her farewell..can't be started anymore thus we have to scout for another steamer as we steam out food quite often.

I stumbled upon this faber multi cooker that said to be have the function to grill, stir fry, steamboat and steam.

Bought it with cash voucher redeemed with credit card points @Senheng. Testing it out today to steam some buns for the kids.

Wait for my review.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

First chocolate cake baking attempt with Philips Pressure Cooker

Hi folks!

Yesterday I was feeling under the weather but it's my firstborn 10-year-old birthday. Not able to gather enough strength to drive out to buy her an eggless cake(her brother is has allergy to eggs), I googled for eggless chocolate cake recipe and managed to come up with my first edible eggless cake for her birthday (after napping for 5 hours) using my handy kitchen toy- Philips Pressure Cooker.

Here's some pictures of pur mini-celebration: