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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Swimming Lessons in the East

My boys had never been the sporty, outdoor type so far. Their complexions are fair and because they are hainanese, I often lament that they are as fair as hainanese chickens. 

So now that Julien is turning 5 yo and Jensen is 3 yo, we decided it was time. Time to learn sports- swimming!

My sis-in-law recommended us to swimming instructor Gerry Tan from WaterJoy Swim School, for an initial assessment. 

Here's Julien!


If you know Julien, he is usually very shy towards strangers. However, Gerry managed to strike a conversation with him straightaway! During the whole time in the pool, Julien was smiling and looking like he enjoyed himself even though he had some water phobia! 



Although he didn't really dare to open his eyes while wearing his googles, he managed all the exercises like blowing bubbles on the surface and holding his breath rather well and enthusiastically. So proud of him! 

And here's my courageous little warrior's turn.


I could hear Gerry entertaining Jensen with nursery rhymes. Absolutely no fear seen on his face. 



He even managed to wave and shout "hello mummy!" upon coming out from underwater! 

This assessment lasted only a short 10 minutes for each person, but I must say my boys' confidence towards swimming had been greatly boosted. I am looking forward to them starting their swimming lessons soon. No more hainanese chickens around! 

Monday, October 06, 2014

Visit to the Dentist!

Julien’s teeth had been staining rather badly. As such, we decided it was time for his first visit to the dentist.

Mummy diligently queued at the polyclinic for a referral to the National Dental Centre in order to get subsidized rates (Almost 50% cheaper!). I managed to request for a paediatric dentist.

Here was how we prepared Julien for his first visit to the dentist. Julien was at an age where he only did things that were familiar to him. He was definitely not someone who could accept changes easily.

A couple of days before the visit, we kept telling him we would be bringing him to the dentist.

The night before, we showed him youtube videos about kid’s first visit to the dentist.

Here’s an animated cartoon version:

Then a real life video:

Julien became excited to go to the dentist!

When we reached the National Dental Centre, we were rather pleasantly surprised at the small children’s play corner.

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There were ipads at the play corner too.

By the way, did you spot the leave at the top that read “First visit age 1”? Julien was 3 years late…

After waiting for about 20 minutes, it was finally our turn!

The dentist asked me a few questions for a start such as if this was Julien’s first visit, does he suck his thumb, does he eat sweets and how often (my answer was about 3 gummies every other day. My sons were not exposed to hard sweets, lollies, chocolates, snacks and ice-cream yet.. but the dentist commented that sweets should only be given once a week at most!).

After the routine questioning, he got Julien to put on mini ‘sunglasses’.

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Julien was cool about it then proceeded to lie on the chair. It was all so familiar as Julien had seen it from the youtube videos he saw last night! Smile

The dentist was friendly and rather funny. He eased Julien into the process of cleaning quickly.The dentist took a look at his teeth and assured us that there were no decay. The black and brown stains were normal for kids his age as the bacteria were this color. After today’s session, he guaranteed us the stains would be back but grow lesser as Julien grows older. Phew!

The dentist then told us he would clean Julien’s teeth as much as Julien cooperated.

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Ready? Go!

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I was so proud of Julien! He stayed still for almost 15-20 minutes and allowed the dentist to clean almost all of his teeth!

And while waiting for Julien in the room, I managed to entertain the little one with the animal stickers in there.

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And after the big bro finished his cleaning, Jensen also wanted his teeth cleaned.

Sorry little boy, not today!

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So here’s Julien proud of his clean white teeth once again! Hooray!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Off to River Safari!

So glad that the hub managed to bid for 4 free tickets to the River Safari. So here are some peektures.

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^”Mummy, I’m gonna catch some alligators here today! Watch me…”

I believe him.

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Children are just so curious about everything.

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^Kids don’t walk. They run everywhere.

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^Jensen’s photo-taking skills. He tried his best to focus on Mummy I must say.

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^”Hey Mummy, I wanna take a photo with the Panda.”

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^Kids and their doting grandma.

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^”Look Mummy! I’m a panda toooo…”

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^These fishies are GIGANTIC….

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Have an absolutely alligator (whatever you want it to mean) week y’all!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Our Julien turns 4!

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Happy Birthday Big Boy!

Words cannot express how much, how wide and how deep I love you.

10 months of pregnancy, 19 hours of labour, 4 years of life together and still counting and loving every minute with you baby. Mummy loves loves loves you! *Rains down kisses and hugs*

The hubby got him to choose TWO birthday cakes. 1 with his classmates and another with the family. He chose Team Umizumi and the other one… *Surprise**!!

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Look how everyone was so excited for the cake to be set up! In fact me thought Julien’s classmates were more excited looking than him!

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Now who is the birthday boy??

After the classmates finished singing the birthday song, they happily, naturally chorused “Yayyyy!”. And Julien turned around to them, frowning and with his finger on his lips and said “Shh! No ‘Yay’!!!”. Hmmm….

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Presents for his classmates! We hope they like the crayons/color pencils! Smile

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And we sure hope our birthday boy enjoyed his birthday celebration in school. He did tell me after the whole celebration that his friends were too noisy. Oh well… Haha!

Monday, September 01, 2014

First day @ Preschool

We were all preparing for the big day. The day Jensen loses his freedom free-time.

I am no newbie in this matter. The night before, I was busy labelling and packing.

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It earned me a commendation from Jensen’s class teacher today. She said she wished every mom was as prepared as me. IKR.

This morning, I wondered if the little one knew what he was in for. He was still goofing around with his brother.

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Just look at this little fella. Doesn’t he look ever ready for school??

Once he reached school, he strutted in. Followed the instructions for the hygiene inspection. And off he went to his classroom.

By the way, before today, the entire family was guessing which class he was going to be in. The classes were named after fruits. Julien’s class was Grape class.

Mango or Strawberry would be delicious nice. Or perhaps it would be Apple, or Banana maybe?

This morning, we found out. It was Starfruit class.

Hmm, not exactly a fruit that this Prince Of Fruits had tasted before. And I doubt if he would like the taste of it.

Anyway, when Jensen reached the entrance to his class, he sighted TOYS! He focused and aimed straight for them!

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I stayed while the teacher served breakfast. And he fed himself 3 mouthfuls before heading off for the toys again.

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My fearless prince loved the gigantic spider toy and sang Insy Winsy Spider while moving the spidey along.

After awhile…

Me: Jensen, mummy is going off to work now. You stay here and play ok?

Jen: I don’t want…

Me: Look at the toys! You play now. Mummy will fetch you back later ok?

Jen: Ok… *in a sad tone*

So I left. And, he didn’t wail, or scream, or cry. Mummy was so proud of her little prince. I hope after all the excitement of playing with the new toys had died down, he will not get into any separation anxiety.

It is my wish that Jensen finds favor with his teachers and schoolmates and enjoy every part of his learning experiences. May God grant him all wisdom, all favor.