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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.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Off we go again…

I’m trying to kill 2 birds with 1 stone with my blog title here.

Off we go again, on this blog. Had been thinking about seriously getting down to documenting life again especially with my kids. Imagine when my kids have all grown up, walking down through memory lane as they see their old photos and read about all they did and said. How cool! I hope…

And so, my first blog post for 2014 and off we go again, to Skudai. It was such a beautiful Saturday morning to wake up to!

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Julien had been telling us since last night that he wanted FOUR items for breakfast today. By the way, when this little fella wants anything, he would state a number of items and requires no more AND no less.

So, his FOUR must-have favorite food that he has to have today would be (drumroll please):

1. Chee Cheong Fun (steamed rice rolls) 2. Fishballs 3. Egg 4. Wanton (meat dumplings)

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Tadaa! He got them all of course. A really happy start to his day and it is written all over his face.

The eggs came runny (and soft-boiled) today. I just love sipping spoonful after spoonful, slowly savouring it. But not my Julien. He expresses his love for eggs differently - by gulping it down. Like a real man.

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It was a fulfilling day thereafter. Did a pedicure while the sonnie cut his hair and the hubby had a massage. Bought groceries and presents for Julien’s classmates to be given out during his birthday celebration this Thursday! He (and we) can’t wait!

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A kind sales lady at the pharmacy gave Julien a small cup full of goat milk sweets in assorted flavors and animal shapes. He stuffed them into his mouth quickly, perhaps for fear that daddy and mummy would steal some, and they were all gone in 6 minutes.

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Julien stared at the minion ukelele and started singing loudly “BA BA BA, BA BA BANANA” X 8 times.

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Bought a really adorable pillow containing buckwheat for Minghui’s little girl. I think I need a buckwheat pillow for myself too! I was really interested in the “Intelligence Refreshing” part…

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Check out the sonnie’s photography skills below. I noted his areas of improvement to be ‘what to take’ and ‘when to take’…

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Buy 4 Hello Kitty mooncakes and get a free HK bag! Hello Kitty Fans, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Learning to write ABC with Aqua Doodle

The hubby, knowing that Julien is an ABC fanatic, purchased a new toy for him - the Aqua Doodle from Toys ‘R’ Us.


Inside this box, there is a doodle mat and a doodle pen.


^The doodle map with A-Z.


^Julien focused on writing… Keep up the good work!

With this, Julien is learning to write his ABCs.


^Julien tracing the alphabets with the doodle pen.


^The traced letters vs the not-yet-traced letters.

The best part is that Julien can keep on tracing and retracing, doodling and re-doodling on the doodle mat because the ink is actually water!


This means no more ink stains around in the house!


^This is the actual state of my sofa! Jensen doodled on it with a REAL pen…

Clean, fun, long-lasting learning… We all love it!

Really glad that Julien is loving his alphabets now. I hope he continues to love learning in every area! :)

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Learning ABC through Leapfrog DVDs

I first stumbled upon Leapfrog last year. I was searching for educational videos for Julien to watch and came across this Letter Factory 4 parter series on youtube.

It was so captivating I actually watched all 4 parts with Julien! He was enjoying it as well because he was swaying and smiling as he watched the youtube videos. We had heard of Leapfrog brand from our friends and relatives who are parents but had not bothered to check it out. After watching it for myself, I got very impressed with it!

The hubby then went to ebay and found some of these second hand DVDs on sale.


We found a new hobby for Julien. Smile




Julien loves his ABCs now, thanks to Leapfrog! He even hums or sings some of the alphabets while bathing or playing.

Here’s the youtube video of part 1 of the Letter Factory series. Do take a look!

*This is NOT a paid review for Leapfrog.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Taiwan Day 3: Taipei to Yilan (宜蘭) & Yilan Minsu

Early morning of Taiwan Day 3, we met up with our friends who just arrived from SG to travel out of Taipei to Yilan.

Yes we left half of our luggage in our hotel in Taipei and left for Yilan and Hualien for the next 3 days.

Yilan unlike Taipei, is more rural and a great place to visit for families actually. We took a Kamalan (葛瑪蘭) bus from Taipei Bus Station.


If you had not eaten breakfast before your journey, fret not. Get yours at the bus station itself. There is a bakery selling a rather wide selection of warm, yummy breads.


The bus journey was under 2 hours. And a peaceful countryside greeted our eyes as we reached Yilan.


Upon alighting, we took a cab to our accommodation. Not a hotel but a homestay a.k.a minsu, called Jin Ri Lin B&B. There are really many minsus you can choose from in Yilan. This was recommended by another blogger so we went for it. No regrets!


Here’s the exterior of our minsu.



There was a small rather unkempt garden and pool, as well as a windmill built by the minsu owner’s husband!




I must say the rooms were tidier than the exterior of this minsu. There are couple/honeymoon rooms as well as a family ‘suite’. Different rooms have different theme, carefully designed by the owner herself.

Here was Keith’s sweetheart (HAHA!) themed room.


Here was our cutesy and flowery room.





^Bedside decor.


Toilets were clean and very spacious.



Even the switches were flowery.


There is also a balcony in the room.


Beware of the mosquitoes! The owner provides a mozzie repellent pot and she kindly lent me a lemongrass mozzie repellent lotion during our 2 days 1 night stay there.

And, here’s the best (in my opinion) part of our stay. The scenery outside our room…




The minsu provides home-cooked breakfast. However, we had wanted to cycle out to the beach nearby to watch the sunrise. The owner offered to bring us out to cycle and to even ‘treat’ us for breakfast outside since she is unable to cook breakfast.

We were so excited we went to test out the bikes in the rental shop next door straight after we put down our luggages.



^So handsome! ;)

The hubby was supposed to rent this motorized double bike.

HOWEVER, it rained heavily the next morning. What a pity, what a pity! We were greatly disappointed but the nice minsu owner cooked a sumptous breakfast and our moods were lifted. We also striked up a conversation with her husband who was also a very nice man. When he heard we wanted to see the Pacific Ocean, he offered to drive us to the train station (for our trip to Hualien next up) and drop us at the beach to take a look on the way. Awesome!

By the time we reached the beach, it was still drizzling and gloomy but we managed a few pictures.





^Black sand beach.


What wonderful fresh air here!

We will definitely bring our family here to Yilan again next time!

I will be blogging about the Dongshan River Water Park and the National Centre of Traditional Arts that we visited in Yilan next.