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Feb
16
2013

Light Bulb Bumble Bee

When we were back in our hometown recently, we saw many used light bulbs. I took one back to the Studio and let Ethan paint it as I remembered seeing this cute bumble bee here.  Paint the entire bulb yellow and let dry.  Paint the entire small end of the bulb black. Paint black stripes and let dry. Glue eyes. Make wings out of white chenille stems and glue. Make antenna and also the stinger […]

Jan
20
2013

Kidzania : Revisited

Ethan made his first trip to Kidzania in March 2012 when they just opened. Read about it here. Back then many establishments are not operational yet.  We have since revisited Kidzania a couple more times to seek jobs in their new establishments and also to try securing jobs in other establishment which he did not have time to apply during his first visit.   Ayam Brand Cooking School He learned to make tuna sandwich and […]

Jan
10
2013

Angpow Flower Lantern

We are going to make a Chinese New Year Angpow Flower Lantern today. TUTORIAL VIDEO  Angpow flower lantern We’ll need 60 pieces of square angpows. It is getting rather difficult to get square red packets these days as the ones I got are mostly rectangular ones and these are my final 60 square ones :( Fold half and fold the flip down. Staple. Repeat this steps for the entire 60 angpows.  Separate them into […]

Jan
4
2013

Chinese Zodiac Snake Angbao decor

Chinese New Year is around the corner (seriously?) and this year we’ll be ushering the slithering SNAKE! Let’s make a cute little snake today shall we?  DIY Ang Pow SNAKE Cut open an angpow. Remove excess edges to form a clean square.  Fold both ends into the middle and fold again.  Fold the flip down, open and fold the other one up. This is just to create the crease.  You’ll get these lines as shown […]

Jan
3
2013

Parental Guidance

Thankx to Nuffnang we got the opportunity to catch this comedy Parental Guidance at [email protected] recently.  When his daughter goes away for work, a grandfather (Billy Crystal) finds himself having to take care of his three grandkids using 21st century methods — though he soon resorts to an old-school style of parenting. When I watched this movie, I kind of like relate to Alice but I’m sure I’m not that bad-lah. At least I let […]

Dec
5
2012

School of Tomorrow – Empowering Lifelong Learners

After attending the Beaconhouse School of Tomorrow conference, a quote by Alma Haris lingered in my mind even until now, “If we want 21st century learning, we can’t have 20th century systems”. The 4th School of Tomorrow Conference opened to a crowd of over 600 delegates from over 9 countries at the Sunway Resort Hotel. The education conference is the fourth in a series of international conferences organised by Beaconhouse to explore a new vision […]

Dec
4
2012

How to make Ang Pow Snake

We are early this time around in making Chinese New Year Ang Pow decor. It’s just that the mojo suddenly comes ya know? :D Today we are going to share how to make a simple red packet snake as we will be welcoming the year of the SNAKE in 2013. Ang Pow Snake Cut open a red packet. Fold in half and cut away excess to get a square.  Fold both sides to the middle. […]

Dec
2
2012

Dare to be different

Ethan’s BaoBei teacher told him last Friday to bring an empty cut bottle to class on Monday for a project. They are learning about plants and as usual in BaoBei, every topic is followed by some practical learning. That is what I love most about this place as it is not just theory learning but hands-on too.  Ethan said he believes the teacher will teach him to grow a plant in that cut bottle as […]

Nov
23
2012

Everyday’s a field trip with Nuffnang

I started blogging late 2008. It took me about a year to find my way in the blogging community. Nuffnang helped path my way. Ethan has never been to kindergarten until his present age of 5 but he has experienced more than any kindergarten can give through the numerous Nuffnang activities we attended.  2010 From the tender age of 2 years plus, Ethan started tagging along with me to events. The hands on experience gained […]

Nov
19
2012

School of Tomorrow

If you are an avid reader of our blog, you’d know that Ethan was home schooled until his present age of 5. He will be 6 mid of next year and I think it is only fair to let him experience one year of pre-school in the company of friends.  We have yet to register Ethan in any pre-schools as we are in a dilemma on which school to choose. Being a former childhood educator, I’ve been […]

Nov
12
2012

Simple DIY Bookmark

Ethan was reading his new story book yesterday morning when he stopped halfway. It is his first THICK storybook and this is the first time he won’t be able to finish the entire book in one go. He dared not close the book for fear that he won’t remember at which page he stopped. Then it occurred to me that he needs a bookmark but we don’t have any at home at that moment. So […]

Nov
8
2012

Crossing the Road – A guide for children

It’s never too early to teach our kids how to cross the road. Ethan and I always sing to this tune: Look left, right, left, Before you cross the street, Use your eyes, before you use your feet.. We were in IKEA today and Ethan proudly wanted to show his Daddy how he crosses the road..  Watch the light, watch the light, Red means stop and green means go. Press the button and watch the […]

Nov
6
2012

How to make yarn bowl

The stormy weather calls for many rainy day crafts. We missed going to the playground for over 2 weeks now. Crafting comes handy now that we are indoor every evening. Ethan made a bowl out of string today. We are supposed to use wool yarn but I don’t have any at home so we improvised and use cotton string instead. This bowl is just perfect for party use. Just place your favourite snacks or candy […]

Nov
2
2012

You learn, I learn. You no learn, I won’t too..

It has been 6-7 months now since Ethan first learned how to play the piano. Throughout these period, I have been able to keep up with the lessons and guide him in the absence of his piano teacher. Then slowly, he starts to be better than me, reading piano notes more fluently while I still struggle trying to recognize those notes. However, together, Ethan and I made good progress. He always makes sure that I […]

Oct
28
2012

How to make Halloween Paper Pumpkin

Halloween is approaching fast and this year we saw it getting more and more commercialized. Every where we go there are ‘Halloween special promotions’ going on but let’s get back to basic and DIY some Halloween decor shall we? It doesn’t cost a bomb and all we need is paper and thread.  Cute Halloween Paper Pumpkin Cut out about 20-22 strips from orange construction paper. Punch a hole on both ends for each and every […]

Oct
25
2012

Raising a genius

“I tell you, I really think my 12 month-old boy is a genius! Just today, I was playing some music on my iPad and he came near to increase the volume! He can actually adjust the volume!” Sounds familiar? In this present world we live in, too many parents think we are raising an Einstein just because our kids can do things that we are incapable of when we were younger. As much as we wish […]

Oct
16
2012

DIY Halloween Trick O Treat bag

Halloween is around the corner and we are in the mood in creating creepy stuffs for kids! It’s always good to CREATE rather than BUY as these thematic things can actually burn a hole in your pocket.  So today we are going to convert a plain brown lunch bag into a not so spooky Halloween trick-0r-treat bag.  DIY Halloween Trick O Treat Bag First I help Ethan draw a cat, skull, spider, witch or anything […]

Oct
13
2012

#ChurpOut 2012’s Pimp My Ride winner

We were in Publika today for #ChurpOut 2012.  Ethan and that alien from Berjaya. LIKE our FB Page please. Or was it LIKE Berjaya’s Page? LoL! Just LIKE ours will do, okay? Click here thank you :P We went to #ChurpOut 2012 mainly to collect our Whatchuwant Pimp My Ride Mini Cooper ^_^ Okay-lah, the rest of the activities were fun too but it was raining, I got wet and almost fall flat on the slippery […]

Sep
27
2012

Hands on learning experience

Mid Autumn Festival is just around the corner but I have yet to buy any mooncakes. This year, the number of people making their own mooncakes shoot sky high due to the exorbitant prices of commercial mooncakes. Ethan got the chance to try making mooncakes when we were invited to sample Resort World Genting’s mooncakes collection. Read all about it here. I’ve tried shaping mooncake too last year in West Lake Garden, Sunway Resort Hotel […]

Aug
30
2012

Recycle your eco-friendly shopping bags and old CDs

If you are a blogger who loves attending events, you are sure to have lots and lots of eco-friendly shopping bags at home. I have like a million of them! :P Apart from attending events, we bloggers get to attend movie screenings too aye? That only means that I do not purchase VCDs/DVDs as often as I used to anymore. In fact, I have so many CDs/VCDs/DVDs at home that is full of scratches that […]

Aug
15
2012

Piano lesson update: Popeye the Sailor Man

4 1/2 months into his piano lessons, he is now Popeye the Sailor Man! :P Hehe.. my little Popeye :P His new set of books now are Hal Leonard Piano Lessons Book 2, Hal Leonard Piano Solos Book 2 and Hal Leonard Popular Piano Solos Level 2. 

Aug
13
2012

Handprint Egg Carton Owl

It’s been so long since we did any handprint art. Ethan’s palm has grown so much since then! Last Saturday, we did Handprint Egg Carton Owl art in the Studio. Handprint Egg Carton Owl Paint your palm brown and stamp it on a piece of art block. Cut the eyes from an egg carton. Paste feathers on the hand print. Paste the egg carton on the handprint and the owl is done. Isn’t it CUTE?! […]

Aug
12
2012

Smurfs Roadshow

Last Friday we went jalan-jalan at 1U after Ethan’s class. As soon as we entered the mall we saw some activities going and immediately Ethan ran towards it. The emcee was calling for kids to go up stage for dunno what lah and this Ethan dunno head dunno tail terus run up! -.- Other kids all got siblings with them but Ethan solo jer kat sana but nevermind-lah, janji dia berani. They danced, played games […]

Aug
10
2012

Together, great things can happen

Have you ever wondered why educational toys for kids are mostly focused on ‘building’ or puzzle-like concept? In games such as the one shown above, you’ll need to connect more pieces in order to create something. Threading beads is also popular with kids. They strive to try threading those beads as long as possible; with the longer the connection, the more satisfied and happier they are with their achievement. Building blocks is another must have […]

Aug
3
2012

The RIGHTs and WRONGs of parenting

I don’t know where to start or where to end but I know I have to write this out or else I’ll get more and more people buzzing me asking if I’m okay. Yes, I was upset today and yes, my Facebook status says it all. Out of a random chat with a friend, this came out, “be honest, i think ethan still need to learn to respect u and william more. If he ever […]

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