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Apr
20
2018

REWRITE THE STARS Piano and Drum Cover by Ethan

How many of you watched The Greatest Showman? I heard it’s good but can you believe we did not manage to catch it on the cinema?  Anyway, here is Drummer Ethan’s cover to Rewrite The Stars. It is his first time playing BOTH the piano and drum for the same song. He learns the piano piece from YouTube. As for the drums, his drum teacher guided him. It is also my first time combining two videos […]

Apr
17
2018

Cook with Ayden: Stir-Fried Bitter Gourd with Egg

Bitter gourd is one of the healthiest vegetables known to mankind but not many children like to eat it as the name suggests, it can be bitter! It is a surprise that little Ayden loves eating bitter gourd. I did not cook bitter gourd throughout big brother Ethan’s growing up years as that boy totally dislikes it. Recently, I was craving for bitter gourd and decided to fry some for myself. Ayden took a bite […]

Apr
16
2018

Ayden likes to draw

The other day Ayden saw this on our limau purut plant. I took disposable chopsticks to pick it away and throw in the bin but before I can do that, Ayden told me to take a picture of it to send to the Daddy. He always send random pictures to the father via Whatsapp. It’s a caterpillar right? The boys asked me why is this caterpillar without bulu. I don’t know how to answer them  […]

Apr
12
2018

Fairy Lights Trees in KL City Centre

We were in KL for dinner today and on our way home, we saw these beautifully lit up trees along Jalan Ampang.  I am quite impressed. The streets look quite magical with these trees beautifully wrapped in fairy lights.  Can you see the difference? Two shades of lights are used – white and golden. The first picture is with golden fairy lights while the second picture is with white fairy lights.  Nice isn’t it?  Can […]

Apr
5
2018

Bake with Ayden: Peanut Butter Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe

Not too long ago, a book distributor Pansing Distribution Sdn Bhd sent Ayden a recipe book – Instant Pot Miracle Cookbook. We do have a multi purpose pot that Ayden has been frequently using but it is a Philips All-in-One. However we are still excited to see if we could use the recipes in this book and apply it to our multi purpose pot.  This is Ayden’s very first recipe book so it is quite […]

Mar
28
2018

Little Chef Ayden’s Quick and Easy Cheat Pizza

The boys love pizza but I am too lazy to make the pizza dough from scratch. When we have pizza at home, it is always the quick and easy cheat way – we use flatbread for our pizza base.  We love thin crust pizza so flatbread is actually perfect for this.  Since we bought our oven late last year, the boys have been enjoying pizza at home quite often. The good part is they can […]

Mar
27
2018

Things to do and complete itinerary for Lost World of Tambun

Lost World of Tambun. I hear this name often thinking it is just another dry and wet park which we already have so many in Malaysia hence I never go out of my way to plan a trip here until recently. I was planning a local getaway for the boys for the week-long school holidays and the Daddy suggested going up North. I narrowed down our option to either Penang or Ipoh and the Daddy […]

Mar
11
2018

Aladdin and The Magic Lamp @ Genting International Showroom

Can you smell it? I CAN! 5 more schooling days and we’ll be enjoying the week-long school holidays. Are you excited? Or are you horrified to have the kids stuck with you 24/7?  Haha! Well, let’s start planning for this school holidays then. As usual, the boys will pester us to bring them up to where the weather is cooler. It is only an hour drive from home yet the temperature was as low as 15° […]

Mar
10
2018

Stolen pictures of the boys

On Thursday (8/3/2018) after midnight, I was ready to go to bed. I set my alarm as I have to wake up in a few hours to prepare the boys for class. Suddenly a message popped out on my FB Messenger from Elie. She alerted me that my boys’ pictures are being used by one sick fella claiming them as his own. He even named the boys differently and was very consistent in his story about […]

Mar
6
2018

Drum with Ethan: Fight Song

Ethan is 10 years 7 months old. He has been playing drum for 5 years now. These days, he loves playing commercial songs. He learns these songs from YouTube and at times, gets assistance from his drum teacher to help him with the more complicated beats.  This is his latest drum cover – Fight Song by Rachel Platten. This week is also his school’s first term exam so yeah, fight on Ethan! For me, what […]

Mar
5
2018

Superheroes to the rescue!

With just a blink of an eye, we are into the 3rd month of 2018. Where did the time go? Before I know it, the celebration for Chinese New Year is over. Luckily, I managed to bring the boys to see one final lion dance before Chap Goh Meh is over though. It is the first for Ethan this year as he missed the one we caught on the 7th day of CNY as he […]

Mar
1
2018

Pendaftaran Kemasukan Murid Tahun 1

For parents with children going to Primary 1 in 2019 & 2020, it is time to register online for your child at https://public.moe.gov.my Online registration is only for schools in Peninsula Malaysia and only parents are allowed to do the registration on behalf of their children. I registered Ayden today. Here’s how you register ONLINE. Step 1 Go to https://public.moe.gov.my Step 2 Create an account if you are a new user or simply log-in if […]

Feb
27
2018

Do Octopus Eat Their Own Tentacles While Taking Care of Its Eggs?

I was in the kitchen when I overheard this conversation between the two boys …  Big Bro Ethan: Do you know while taking care of its eggs, octopus will eat its own tentacles to feed itself? Little Ayden: Huh?! The octopus eats its own testicles?! But how can?! So pitiful! Big Bro Ethan bursts out laughing while saying, “TENTACLES! The octopus eats its own TENTACLES not TESTICLES!!!    P/S:  I did some research but I […]

Feb
26
2018

Homeschooling Ayden | Mathematics | Addition

I homeschool elder brother Ethan during his preschool years. I’m doing the same with little Ayden presently. I wonder how other young children aged 4-5 years old are able to learn in a classroom seating environment as from my observation, both my boys require tremendous individual attention during their formative years. What I love about homeschooling is they can learn at their own pace, anywhere and anytime of the day. This way, Ayden gets ample […]

Feb
20
2018

Little Chefs | Roast Chicken with Plum Sauce

It’s the 5th day of Chinese New Year and we are back at home but are still very much into the Chinese New Year mood. Today, our Little Chefs tried roasting for the very first time. Since we are still in CNY atmosphere, the ingredients used for our roast are also very much CNY influenced.  The Little Chefs roasted delicious chicken drumsticks with plum sauce. Plum sauce is one of the most important ingredients […]

Feb
14
2018

Childhood Obesity and Ways to Prevent and Overcome It

Alright, where do I start? I was invited by Bernama to be one of their esteemed panelists for their LIVE, English language talk show, ‘The Nation’ on Monday, 12th February 2018, speaking about CHILDHOOD OBESITY IN MALAYSIA.  As I’ve mentioned in my previous blog posts, I wasn’t feeling well the past weeks with me and the boys down with some kind of bug going around but this is a topic I feel strongly about. I advocate outdoor playtime […]

Feb
6
2018

Vegetarian dish on the first day of Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is just around the corner. How many of you practice going vegetarian on the first day of Chinese New Year? It is believed, abstaining from eating meat on the first day will enhance longevity. Additionally a vegetarian dish helps to purify and cleanse out the body as well.  There is this one vegetarian dish that is extremely popular on the first day of Chinese New Year – Loh Hon Chai. My mother […]

Jan
30
2018

The Boys’ First Ride on a Real Excavator

There was a burst pipe in front of our house. The contractor who was working on it brought an excavator and a huge dump truck to our place.  Both my boys watched them in awe. They kept talking about the excavator; pointing to each part of it. The contractor heard them and asked if they would like to go on a ride on that excavator. Imagine the boys’ surprise and delight! They said YES immediately.  […]

Jan
27
2018

Piano with Ethan: How Far I’ll Go

Ethan is currently without a teacher for piano. His previous teacher has her own studio now but it is far away from us. She is also teaching in a music school not very far away from us yet not very near either but we are unable to commit due to time and distance factor.  To pass his time, Ethan uses YouTube as his guide. He learned this song, “How Far I’ll Go” from Disney’s Moana […]

Jan
8
2018

My random updates

I guess I better update a little over here otherwise you may think I’ve disappeared. The truth is I am very much around but have been busy lately. We are busy creating YouTube tutorials for the upcoming Chinese New Year hence the little disruption on the blog. Here’s my YouTube channel in case you are interested -> https://www.youtube.com/submerryn1 Anyway, I still actively update my Facebook so if we are connected on FB you will know that […]

Jan
2
2018

DIY Chinese New Year Ang Pow Decorations: Tutorial Videos

It’s the beginning of the new year and that means time to get busy again with DIY Chinese New Year Angpow decorations.  We’ve been receiving requests on doing tutorial videos for the many DIY Chinese New Year Angpow decoration written tutorials I’ve shared in the past years.  I was not into video making then hence there were no video tutorials for them but we are now so I’ll be sharing all our Chinese New Year […]

Dec
27
2017

Baby Shark Dance and Drum Cover by Little Ayden and Drummer Ethan

Is the Baby Shark craze still on? Ayden listened to this song when he was very little but recently it became a hit all over again.  Since the boys has nothing much to do during the school holidays, we recorded this Baby Shark Dance and Drum Cover by Little Ayden and big brother Drummer Ethan.  Hope you enjoy the video:   Check-out the compilation of their music videos here.

Dec
26
2017

Back to our kampung

We went back to both Darling and my hometowns last weekend. The journey back to my hometown in Melaka was extremely tiring due to the most horrible jam we had ever encountered. We started our journey at 11.30am only to arrive at my mom’s place at 5.30pm with one quick stop at KFC along the way to fill our empty tummy  If not for my cousin’s wedding, we would have made a detour back to KL […]

Dec
20
2017

Little Chefs Bake: Almond Cookies Recipe

Hello! How is the long school holidays treating you guys?  We are busy as ever… busy doing nothing  Today we found time to bake something for the coming festive weekend. Our little chefs baked Darling’s favourite cookie – Almond Cookies. It is super simple yet the Daddy and the boys love it so much hence we bake this often. Almond Cookies Ingredients for Almond Cookies: 115g salted butter (1/2 cup) 90g fine sugar (1/2 cup) […]

Dec
19
2017

Drum with Ethan: PERFECT drum cover

Ethan plays the drum and piano a lot during the school holidays. It keeps him occupied. Ed Sheeran’s PERFECT is trending again since the release of Perfect Symphony with Andrea Bocelli and it prompted Ethan to play this song.  This is also the first song he learns to play by himself. Take a listen to his drum cover to Perfect: Check-out the rest of their music videos here.

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