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Mar
20
2019

Drum with Ayden: 2018 Trinity Rock & Pop Drums Grade 3

I just realised I did not update Ayden’s drum progress since October last year. We suddenly got busy closer to the year end and it carried on into the new year that I totally missed updating Ayden’s journey in Grade 2. He has since been upgraded to Grade 3 now. Ayden learned several songs from Grade 3 already but I only managed to record him playing two songs at the moment. I think we are […]

Mar
15
2019

Browse the Internet Safely with Audra HomeShield

The internet is a wonderful thing and in our present world, it is almost impossible to live without it. In my household, we use it to communicate with others via the many social platforms out there. The Daddy uses the internet to work from home; enabling him to spend precious time with us. Big brother Ethan uses it to research school projects and assignments and to communicate with friends. Both Ethan and Ayden use the […]

Mar
10
2019

Learning Drums On Your Own

 When I posted the above video of me playing Song 2 last week many of you asked how exactly I learned to play the drums. How do I know what to hit? I remember how difficult it was when I first started. I wasn’t even able to coordinate both my arms and feet. I can read the notes but my limbs just would not work together. But I got better with lots of practise.  […]

Mar
9
2019

Drum Cover: FADED | Alan Walker

I’m so thankful Ethan has been under the guidance of one of the greatest drum teacher out there since he was 5 years old until today. He has grown so much under this teacher’s guidance and is now comfortable playing commercial songs.  Ethan’s school teacher requested for him to cover the song FADED by Alan Walker so here it is: Do you have any song you want to see Ethan cover? Do let us know […]

Feb
28
2019

Learning the drums at 41 years old | Mama RockStar wannabe

Ayden is finally in preschool this year. This means I have 4 hours of daily free time on weekdays. I did not feel much change in my routine earlier this year as I was busy rushing to complete customers’ orders of my Chinese New Year cookies. Reality sank in after the Chinese New Year holidays when both the boys returned to school. I was left with FOUR hours of FREEDOM a day by myself. FOUR […]

Feb
18
2019

Cook with Ayden: Stir Fried Shimeiji Mushroom with Carrots

Little Ayden attends preschool in the afternoon session this year. That means I have to cook a quick yet wholesome lunch for him before he heads to school. I usually have less than an hour to dish out a complete meal so whatever is quick works best.  Ayden loves mushrooms. Shimeiji mushrooms is one of his favourite. There are many ways to cook this mushroom but I always stick to this one on week days […]

Feb
14
2019

All About Myself

The kindergarten Ayden goes to has thematic learning whereby they focused on one particular theme for the entire month. The theme for February is All About Myself and the first thing he learned was how a person is ‘created’. His teacher told stories about how Daddies will eject many swimming champions that look like tadpoles yet are not really tadpoles and how they raced with all their might to reach the ‘egg’ from the Mommies. […]

Jan
14
2019

One Night Is Never Enough at Hotel Equatorial Melaka

The year 2019 is the year to visit my beautiful hometown, Melaka. Visit Melaka 2019 aims to attract local tourists as well as those from abroad to visit and stay longer in Melaka. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is the heart of Melaka. You have not seen Malacca unless you’ve spend your time exploring the many places of interests here. It is a favourite amongst tourists and for that very same reason, this area is always […]

Jan
7
2019

Ayden’s First Week at Kindergarten

Ayden experienced 3 days of kindy last week. It is his first time attending preschool. He is the only one in his class without a uniform as the rest of the children are existing students in that school since last year or maybe a couple of years before. I decided to send him to a year of kindergarten to let him experience sports day as well as graduation concert as he will be going to […]

Nov
23
2018

End of 2018 academic calendar

It’s the final day of 2018 academic calendar. Ethan bids farewell to some of his classmates as the school reshuffled their classes hence some of them won’t be in the same class next year.  Ethan did good, finishing in the Top 3 in his class as well as for the entire Primary 5.  He was also more active this year, competing and winning several Science and Art contests. Next year will be a tough one […]

Nov
16
2018

New Lobby at Theme Park Hotel | Resorts World Genting

There are seven hotels at Resorts World Genting and whilst each one has its own unique quality, the Theme Park Hotel definitely stands out amongst them. The Theme Park Hotel is aptly named as it is a mere stone’s throw away from the upcoming Twentieth Century Fox Malaysia Theme Park.  Guest will be transported to a different world at the Theme Park Hotel at Resorts World Genting which is ultimate family-friendly accommodation. THE LOBBY Forget the […]

Nov
15
2018

Sea Jacuzzi Sunset Dinner Cruise Langkawi

We were in Langkawi recently during the Deepavali holidays for a much needed family vacation. We did not plan much as all we wanted to do was to chill and relax. The last I went to Langkawi was more than 15 years ago during my courting days with Darling so we do not have much recollection of what Langkawi has to offer.  I was browsing Facebook one day looking for information on Langkawi when I […]

Nov
13
2018

Crocodile Adventureland Langkawi

When was your last visit to Crocodile Adventureland Langkawi? We brought the boys here a couple of weeks ago and had such a great time! Crocodile Adventureland Langkawi is the largest crocodile adventureland in Malaysia. Located at Teluk Datai Bay and about 10 minutes from the Langkawi cable car, Crocodile Adventureland Langkawi has an area of 10 acres with plenty of activities to keep visitors entertained.  CROCODILE ADVENTURELAND LANGKAWI Jalan Datai, Mukim Air Hangat PO Box 50, […]

Oct
24
2018

Children’s Day Celebration

Ethan celebrated Children’s Day last week at his school. He requested for me to bake something to bring to his class. I asked if he would like to bring a cake or cookies. He said since he already brought cake last year, he would like to bring cookies this time. He requested for his favourite Chocolate Chip cookies so I baked him several tubs to share with his friends as well as to give some […]

Oct
20
2018

Newly Enhanced Swiss-Garden Beach Resort Kuantan

We checked out the newly enhanced Swiss-Garden Beach Resort in Kuantan last weekend. SWISS-GARDEN BEACH RESORT KUANTAN 2656-2657, Mukim Sungai Karang, Balok Beach, 26100 Kuantan, Pahang FB: SwissGardenBeachResortKuantan Phone: 09-548 8288 WHAT’S NEW? Swiss-Garden Beach Resort Kuantan has undergone some major upgrading works (in stages) to keep up with times and meet guests’ expectations. It has recently changed to new beddings and lightings for their guestrooms. The resort has also recently launched the all new SPLASH pool for kids with […]

Oct
12
2018

Drum with Ayden: 2018 Trinity Rock & Pop Drums Grade 1 New Syllabus

It has been almost 5 months now since Ayden started attending drumming lessons. I shared his videos in this blog as well as on Facebook and received many inquiries from curious moms wanting to start their little kids on drums too. I will continue sharing so you can see his progress and to know what the exam songs are for Trinity Rock & Pop Drums new syllabus. If you are planning to start your kid […]

Oct
5
2018

My Ultherapy Journey – The PROCEDURE

Ethan celebrated his 11th birthday in July while Ayden turned 5 end of August. I often wonder, where have all the time gone?  My boys are growing so fast, soon it will be back to only me and Darling when they both leave home to further their studies. Will it be honeymoon period again for us? Will Darling still see me the same as the beautiful bride he married back then? While it is not […]

Oct
4
2018

Drum with Ethan: Uptown Funk

You’ve watched Ayden play the simplified version of Uptown Funk from his Grade 1 book. You’ve probably watched me trying to play that same song too. Yes, the keyword there is TRY as I am still unable to play it accurately today. Now let’s see how big bro Ethan does it but of course he’ll be playing the ORIGINAL and COMPLETE version of Uptown Funk. 

Oct
3
2018

Tae Kwon Do with Ethan: 2nd Poom Black Belt

I’ll just put it up in the blog that Ethan received his 2nd Poom Black Belt in Taekwondo last weekend so that I won’t forget. This is because it takes quite some time before he can take the next grading test. I remember he took the 1st Poom Black Belt grading test about one and a half year ago. I guess it takes a longer time to climb the ladder in the black belt category.  […]

Oct
1
2018

Drum with Ayden: Fever

Hello hello! It’s time for another update on Ayden’s drumming. The new Trinity Rock & Pop Drums 2018 syllabus has really some awesome songs in it such as the classic hit Billie Jean and recent hit Uptown Funk and Seven Nation Army. The rest of the songs are quite catchy but I am not familiar with them yet Ayden is determined to learn them all. These days Ayden spends less time on electronic gadget because […]

Sep
24
2018

Drum with Ayden: Seven Nation Army

Another quick update on our little drummer Ayden. As mentioned earlier, he started attending drum lessons in June this year. He is into the 4th month of drumming and enjoying every moment of it.  Here is Ayden playing Seven Nation Army. If you have not watch any of his previous drumming videos, I’d recommend you to watch this one. He totally enjoyed playing this song and it shows as he shakes his head while playing […]

Sep
18
2018

Drum with Ethan: Despacito

Both my drummer boys are on a roll. They are churning out drum covers faster than I can update my blog  Ethan’s primary school teacher requested for two songs from him – Despacito and 我们不一样 WO MEN BU YI YANG. Ethan gets help from his drum teacher to teach him. I’ve shared 我们不一样 WO MEN BU YI YANG earlier so here is Ethan playing Despacito:  Drummer Ethan @ 11Y1M If you are keen to watch Ethan’s previous […]

Sep
16
2018

Drum with Ayden: Billie Jean

 Drummer Ayden may be too young to know who Michael Jackson is but since he learned the song Billie Jean, he is hooked to the rest of MJ’s songs. For those keen to start your little ones on drumming, this is one of the 6 songs available in the 2018 Trinity Rock & Pop Drums Grade 1. Ayden is into the 4th month of learning the drums and here are other fun songs he […]

Sep
13
2018

How to GROW and COOK Malabar Spinach

 Malabar Spinach is high in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron and calcium. It is also a good source of magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. It can be used raw in salads, stir-fried or soups. We never run out of Malabar Spinach as we grow them at home. To grow Malabar Spinach, first we need to purchase a pack of this vege as our starter pack. Pluck the leaves for cooking and save the stems for […]

Sep
10
2018

Drum with Ethan: 我们不一样 WO MEN BU YI YANG drum cover

After sharing a video of Little Drummer Ayden playing Uptown Funk in my previous post, it’s time to share Big Brother Ethan’s latest drum cover. Can you imagine how great a neighbour we are with these two budding drummers at home?  Ethan’s drum cover this time is a Chinese song – 我们不一样. I don’t know the meaning of this song but I like listening to it. Ethan learns to play shuffle beats on the hi hats for […]

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