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Apr
25
2013

Telling Time

Ethan loves wearing watch. He has several watches, some still functioning, some the strap kaput-ed and some just went missing >_< Most of his watches are just RM5, bought from Daiso. I don’t buy him expensive watches as I don’t see the need for a kid to strap on hundreds of dollars on his wrist. While shopping the other day, Ethan saw this Adidas watch that he loves very much. It was priced at over […]

Apr
21
2013

Ethan on Chiki Boom’s ‘Saya Kreatif’ TV2

Dried leaf chicken craft

Ethan’s very first appearance on Chiki Boom’s ‘Saya Kreatif’ segment was aired last Sunday but we missed it as we were up in Genting celebrating the famous Thailand’s water festival, Songkran. This week, we made it a point to stay home to catch the second episode of Chiki Boom’s latest season. The episode this week touches on the kids’ journey in FRIM hence the call for a nature art. They did a dried leaf craft […]

Apr
11
2013

Pyssla beads cake

We were given a task to come out with a cake made of boxes. I immediately replied, ‘Impossible!’. Back then I had cereal boxes in mind and was thinking how the heck am I supposed to turn those boxes into cakes?! Our client refused to accept my ‘NO CAN DO’ answer and insists that we come out with something in two days time! @[email protected] I was so stressed! Today is the final day for submission […]

Apr
4
2013

Second chance at preschool

If you have been following my blog or my FB, you’ll know that we enrolled Ethan for Kindy for the very first time this year in March. Never in our dreams did we expect it would be such a nightmare. You can read about our, or rather Ethan’s nightmare here and here. The last straw was when that particular boy poked Ethan’s ear with a sharp pencil and STILL no action was taken against that […]

Mar
27
2013

Maximising time with your family

Back in the old days, it was easier raising a family. Every member of the family has a role to play. The father being the sole bread winner while the mother cooks, cleans, slaves… And without the need to force, the kids will be doing their chores too. Simple task like washing the toilet and mopping the floor are often done by the kids as the mother needed to make sure there is food on […]

Mar
14
2013

How do you deal with a school bully?

It has been Ethan’s dream to attend preschool since he found out his other friends are also attending it. We had no choice but to give in and let him experience what Kindergarten is all about. I thought since Ethan is already doing well academically, the more important factor of preschool is to socialize hence I did not bother to go for any ‘branded franchise’ kind of Kindy but to just enroll him into the […]

Mar
13
2013

Ice-cream stick airplane fridge magnet

We ate lots of ice-cream during the scorching HOT days recently and instead of disposing those popsicle sticks, we made airplane fridge magnet out of them. Airplane fridge magnet We used a couple of long popsicle stick and one short one (cut from the long stick) and a wooden laundry peg.  Paint the peg with any color of your choice. We used acrylic paint.  Paint the popsicle sticks. Let dry. Glue them together. Glue a magnet […]

Mar
10
2013

Home-school vs Kindergarten

I’ve been home-schooling Ethan since young until early this year. I planned to home-school him all the way until he goes to Primary 1 next year. That is until his friends in the playground asked him why isn’t he going to school. Ethan then started questioning me about school, about Kindergarten. We started talking to Ethan about Kindergarten and the possibility of him attending one. The thought of having friends to study (and play) together […]

Mar
1
2013

Easy Pizza Bento for kids

My (not so) baby finally went to Kindy today. It is his first day but he doesn’t want me to send him so his Dad drove him there instead >_< Big boy now. Going to school on his own without me :D I made pizza bento for his lunch box today.  Pizza bento Brown some meat (sausage, ham or anything of your choice) He loves cheese so I placed cheese in between his bread.  Cut […]

Feb
27
2013

Behind the scene experience

Last Saturday was an extremely hectic day for Ethan and I. It marks the first day both Ethan and I started working with a TV station on a project that will be aired somewhere in April. My role is as the Creative Contributor where I contribute ideas on the crafts that will be made and also to guide the kids on how to make those crafts before recording begins. Ethan’s role is to make the […]

Feb
25
2013

Our Chap Goh Mei Sunday

By the time we woke up on Chap Goh Mei was already noon as we had an extremely hectic day before. Will blog about that later.  In the evening, we went to this Kindergarten that Ethan will be attending next month as I’ve already promised a friend (at the very last minute) to help her out in a Red Packet Craft competition. We only got together the night before to work out on what could […]

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 […]

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