Tuesday, December 5, 2017

# Complain post# #Travel journal#

* taking a break from ...* 

Goash! This is taking me longer than usual! Which is why I had to spend sleepless nights years ago when doing planning for holidays. Ahh...... long long time ago when I had to plan to coincide with mom's dialysis. I had the help from my sister who faxed them. Hahaha! So ancient time! It's so much easier now with emails but .... still I wouldn't be able to get some work done without her help.  

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There are a few types of travellers.
1) Shopaholic. Sleep & Shop : Be it they're in the nearby countries or some distant galaxy far away. I mean.... what's the big fuss over shopping right? (You'll be surprise to know that I don't really like shopping overseas. Firstly, I need to shop without people around me. I have impatient children and hubby, I won't even have the mood. Secondly, unless it's some kind of to-die-for one in a million dress, I won't cast a second look. Most times, the other 3 are the shoppers! I spend my time squatting in changing room and fuss over them like princesses helping them with their corsets etc... Okay, but luckily my family are not the 200% shopaholics. I bet this trip hubby will buy more jeans. I will secretly throw his old clothings away when he does that. Serious! He has more clothes than me!!) .....  what more most items are .. MADE in CHINA

2) Just walk around the place they are going to be for the next one week. Relaxing type. Gasp! Seriously? I would have train-ed out to goodness know where to venture more places. Unless they're been to the place donkey times so they just want a good hangout. I think my hangout place would be Hong Kong, I'll go there just for the food. 3 days is good enough. 

3) Sightseeing freak : This is so me. As if there's no tomorrow, so must take opportunity to sightsee as much as possible. I scared the shit out of then-boyfriend who realised that I had the guts to take a domestic plane to Ephesus from Istanbul myself. I'd train-ed to various small towns in Europe when I was flying. Brought che-che (then very young) alone to Augusta Raurica from Basel. And when he had to work much later, I brought her to Freiburg (Germany). All for the sake of seeing new places. 
No matter how daring I am towards sightseeing, I still do play caution in some cities where crime rates are high and will forgo the idea. No matter how daring I am towards learning new places, I will not dare to ski. 

4) Sporty types : I know of a family who would go skiing every December. So much so that they are pros. To them, skiing in the Alps is more important than immersing into the Swiss city lifestyle. 
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Planning for holidays was more difficult then. Had to flip through books in the library, get the map and plan the routes. There was no such thing called GPS when we did road trips then, so I was like some engineering freak who would scruntinise the small cities, routes, running my fingers through the routes (also ensuring the roads are not closed at that time) and getting the estimated time of travel by using the metric table. It's a good thing I'm good in Math. 
My itineries was then bounded in a book with all the information including hotel bookings. It meant that I had everything all carefully thought of.

This time round, I'm shocked that hubby merely booked the accomodations (he booked the same ones as I did for two national parks) and air tickets without plan anything at all after that. For the past few F&E travels (no road trips) I left it to him coz' I was so busy with the children and household. He did print some sights off the website and we went, train-ed to the destinations. 
But he didn't do anything this time, is he waiting for me to do so? But anyway..... it's our second trip to the almost same destinations so maybe he's laxed? But it's winter!! Ok, we're just so different! He's the "relax...... things will fall into places when time comes...." whereas I'm the worried freak, worried if it's going to be snowing and then maybe cannot go here/there etc.. 

Without his planning, it is difficult for me to do a travel journal for lil' one. End up, I will have to do some planning with a "maybe we're going there. Maybe we're not going there." mindset coz' I really don't know how our travel companions are like. (Sightseeing freak? Shopping freak?) For eg. I have no idea if he is going on Route 66. End up I decided to do up a journal section on this, give that girl some activity to do. Well..... if we're there - good for her. If we didn't go, too bad that I had wasted my time for nothing.    

So why am I wasting my time on this journal you might think. Over the years, I have always tasked the girls to write travel journals whenever we travel. Their journals lack the oomph, reading them is so boring. Che-che would be the smarter one and asked to borrow the itinery I had typed out and copy word for word. Once when she was crazy over Geronimo Stilton, she had her journal written in that same way. Lil' one would be so lazy and write it halfway, then all her journals include her personal feelings. Too personal. Haha! Out of 10 entries, 9 would be on "I saw .... , I begged daddy to buy for me but he didn't so I got so angry with him blah blah blah.." It's really hilarious whenever I read their journals. 
Lil' one don't observe much too. She'll just hold daddy's hands and walk through quickly from one point to the next. Honestly, I have no idea why they are rushing when we're not in any tour group tours. Whereas I'd like to point out and tell che-che's things that we saw.. most time we can't stay longer coz' they would have walked so fast and disappear from sight and we have to start chasing them or shouting at them to stop. Damn irritating! (which is also why I really dare not ask any of my family members to go on holiday with us. It happens all the time in Singapore when we're out for lunch and then he starts walking off without waiting. And my family ..... they're slow.... most times I end up getting caught in between coz I had to be the lookout for the front and the back. I don't have the energy to do this overseas. Sigh..) With the journal, she'll have to start doing some observations and writing for me. Really pitiful, she's been to a few countries but still so ignorant. 

Che-che 
As she's growing older, I realised that it seems so much easier to travel with her. She's curious and will observe things around her. (lil' one is the bimbo)  She is excited over the ability of seeing the beautiful sky in national parks (even before I told her).During her school camp in Sec 1 or 2? She sat outside the hut observing the moon and sky and even told my friend about it.Now, she's old and strong (stronger than me) enough to help me. She asked to bring my DSLR (for the first time I had to pack tripod) to "take nice pics". Ahh..... this is the girl that is at loggerheads with me, the girl who had to deal with so much of my scoldings and beatings.  

Lil' one
I really gotta do something with this lil' bimbo. So ignorant over every thing. And she has no patience to listen (just like her dad) 

Okay, bye! Back to planning.  

Some post I was checking :    http://photographyroundtable.com/the-best-time-of-the-year-to-photograph-the-milky-way/   
    
  

Monday, November 27, 2017

White Christmas?

I'm so excited that we might be spending a white christmas this year in Yosemite. Yay! That is if we haven't got killed by the bears. And then che-che reminded me that it's winter and the bears are hibernating. 
What makes it exciting is that (perhaps) che-che will be a little crazy like me to try to find a safe spot within safe walking distance with a huge powerful torchlight in either one of the 4 parks we're going to look out for milky way and hopefully the stars will be brighter. I shall look out for the North Star. Ha! That is if I can identify which is which. I want to see Big Ursa. We will be away from the city, into nature for a week to 4 national parks - Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Sequoia and lastly Yosemite.    

This would be my second time in both Grand Canyon and Yosemite. The first time we went was April 2002, Spring. The waterfalls flowed very nicely with spring snow melt and we had lovely weather. 
This time round, I had to make sure that the girls have waterproof pants. I'm not sure about the boots though coz I hate carrying shoes in luggage. With the waterproof pants and jackets, they can roll and dive into the snow as much as they want. 

The reality of spending Christmas in an angmoh country makes me a little excited. I hope lil' one doesn't go up to all Santas in the streets and exclaimed he hasn't given her anything yet. 
My first white christmas was during my first year of flying - 1995. I was in New York. Wow! How lucky I was!! Though I didn't get to spend christmas at home with family, the excitement of soaking up the atmosphere; ice-skating in Rockefeller was enough to fill up my heart. It snowed, though not heavy one but that was good enough. Good enough for a suaku me. 

This year, I pray that it will be lovely. We might dine in a nice cozy place with fireplace. I hope Santa - some staff - will come over and delight the kids. Especially lil' one, I am going to tell her the truth when she hits 12. Actually...... a bit not fair to her right? When I told che-che the truth, she still had to continue with the game for another 4 years. So technically she got her present till 16 yrs-old and lil' one will stop getting hers at 12 yrs-old.        

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Lost childhood

Dedicated to those "friends" of mine who were sarcastic to me when I used to complain about kids' school piling up homeworks and exams. They can be so cynical to tell me "only exams what? what's so difficult? Got so busy meh?" (I really hate this sentence - "got so busy meh?)  Best is those who dare tell me, I won't do it, I won't let child go for tuition or subject my kids to stress.I believe in letting my child rest blah blah

Now that they are in the situation as THEIR child grew up and into the primary school they go, I see one by one writing about not going out because of their kids' upcoming exams. And they are given lots of homeworks. So what happened to the "REST" their child was suppose to get? Huh! 

STFU. If I'm bad enough and wanting to make enemies, I'd dig up the past and tell them how rude they were to me before. Now that they're going through the same thing, don't they owe me an apology?

That was the reason why I decided to tone down in Facebook coz people tend to be keyboard warrior and critical of the way I do things. I know everyone has their own thoughts and they shouldn't be criticising others; likewise I don't criticise others. Others are really fake and only posts nice things happening to show off.  



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Studying overseas and Brain Drain

3rd October
During dinner, lil' one told me another girl is leaving the school for another country. Not the first time I'm hearing this, the last time when che-che was in P5 we also heard a lot of people they know well or acquaintance leaving the country. Of course, some are leaving because their dad has a job offer in another country, some left because they didn't want to end up with the high stress level. Some left after Sec 1, Sec 2. Technically anyone can leave anytime from N1 to ??? but you will see the increase in the non-honeymoon years. Some parents are willing to re-locate for their child to be a child. In Singapore, children can't be children. My girls sometimes are so exhausted that they crash out in the car, lil' one asks for a short nap which I'll gladly oblige. No point making her do any work when her brain is half zombie.
The stress level is high for students. Suicidal rates for students is high and unreported. More people going bonkers. I can't even take the stress even though I'm not the one sitting for exams. My girls tend to have exam anxiety. They do better without pressure; lil' one the 'not so intelligent of the two' can process her thoughts better without exams. Not all kids are like that. Some still can do well but statistics shows that our kids have high level of anxiety. They need a lot of courage for them to jump off their flat. I can't do it for sure, my legs will turn jelly and I can't imagine the pain I'd go thru with my head smashed to the ground; my legs contorted. But they decided to end it once and for all, even if they Ho they this PSLE, they still have so many hurdles to go through. Fighting with others for spaces.
I don't even know what's the approach of MOE, they keep changing. And then the bloody top ass Minister can say parents shouldn't be kiasu. Ask him to go and deal with tons of homeworks with not enough time for play during weekends. (I was asked so many times why I don't bring my kids out for jalan jalan. We can do it when our kids are younger; once they're older academic work take up their time. Why ask those stupid Math questions. And with everyone fighting for space coz everything is by merit, who wants to be left behind?

Lil' one Math texts (3rd Edition) has been changing,every year I have to wait until Dec before I can get hold of it. Out of curiosity I asked her tutor, a school teacher, what's the change now? And so I was told, the new approach is to have more thinking in-depth questions. So what's the purpose? Does it apply to real life? 2017 PSLE question that left many stumped:

Jess wants 200 ribbons of length 110 cm for a party. However, the ribbons were sold at 25 m per tape. How many tapes will Jess need?

Did you get 9 or 10? Why the heck she needs so many ribbons? Want to pack goodies bags also don't need to much ribbons right? 110cm some more!! What is she wrapping? Is she trying to mummify herself?

So the best way is if you can afford,  run away from it.

Given a chance, I would have packed our suitcase and say adieu to this country too! Che-Che told me we should have all gone over to Shanghai then, since her friend from San Jose and attended Indian Global school in Singapore was able to enter any school in Singapore - even the elite schools but will be placed in last class. Is this fair? The PSLE students cry and worked like shit to get the aggregate score but fail to enter RGS. Then someone not from the same standard can just cut in. Not fair?

9th October
Another article that brings up my point on how too stressed up kids are in Singapore. 

Extracted from :  http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/education/more-expat-students-catch-the-tuition-bug

More expat students catch the 'tuition bug'

Rise in competition, complex curricula among reasons cited for more joining tuition centres

Singapore has gained a reputation for being a "tuition nation", with surveys indicating that students and parents here spend up to $1.1 billion a year on tuition.
Now, the "tuition bug" has caught on among international students too, with tuition centres and agencies here reporting an exponential increase in the number of foreign students from international schools here seeking help for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education or International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations in recent years.
Mr Rum Tan, founder of SmileTutor tuition agency, said fewer than 50 international students had engaged its services back in 2014, making up less than 5 per cent of its total clientele.
But from January to October this year, the number of international students who have been matched with private tutors for one-to-one lessons through the agency has swelled to close to 1,000, or about 20 per cent of its total client base.
The students mostly hail from Britain and Australia, and come from schools such as United World College South East Asia, Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) and Tanglin Trust School.
Three other centres or agencies also report similar trends.

Singapore has gained a reputation for being a "tuition nation", with surveys indicating that students and parents here spend up to $1.1 billion a year on tuition.
Now, the "tuition bug" has caught on among international students too, with tuition centres and agencies here reporting an exponential increase in the number of foreign students from international schools here seeking help for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education or International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations in recent years.
Mr Rum Tan, founder of SmileTutor tuition agency, said fewer than 50 international students had engaged its services back in 2014, making up less than 5 per cent of its total clientele.
But from January to October this year, the number of international students who have been matched with private tutors for one-to-one lessons through the agency has swelled to close to 1,000, or about 20 per cent of its total client base.
The students mostly hail from Britain and Australia, and come from schools such as United World College South East Asia, Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) and Tanglin Trust School.
Three other centres or agencies also report similar trends.
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FEELING THE HEAT
Students (who) were formerly segregated from each other are now in direct competition, both for spaces in schools and for applications to university, and this would have led to the spread of the tuition culture.
DR YUEN WEI HAO, head of operations for the Singapore branch of tuition agency Elite IB Tutors, on the tuition trend.
FILLING IN GAPS
There's not enough time in the day (for the school) to teach everything it needs to teach.
PROFESSOR ANDREW DELIOS, whose 15-year-old son studying in an international school here has been attending tuition classes for maths for the past few years.

Mr Taimoor Ghazanfar, owner of Student's Inn, which has two outlets, in Orchard and one-north, said it started out with 15 international students taking tuition for IB in 2004. Now, there are about 300 of them.
Quintessential Education, which provides IB tuition, reported a 50 per cent increase in the number of its international students from last year, while international students made up six in 10 of the students who engaged the services of tuition agency Elite IB Tutors last year.
Dr Yuen Wei Hao, head of operations for the Singapore branch of Elite IB Tutors, said the increased popularity of the IB programme here may have contributed to this trend.
Some local international schools offering the IB programme, such as St Joseph's Institution International, see a mix of both local and foreign students.
"Students (who) were formerly segregated from each other are now in direct competition, both for spaces in schools and for applications to university, and this would have led to the spread of the tuition culture from local to international students and families," noted Dr Yuen.
Mr Shaun Lim, a partner at Quintessential Education, said the "kiasu" (Hokkien for "a fear of losing out") culture may have caught on among international students, given that the curricula in schools have become "increasingly diverse and complicated".
However, Dr Yuen added that unlike many local students, most international students that he sees are not getting tuition for the sake of it, and are merely hoping to address gaps in their knowledge at school.
Mr Sachin Thukral, 43, who works in an IT company, has a 15-year-old daughter in an international school here who has taken tuition for mathematics and a few other subjects.
"She was already good in her studies, but because there was a change in academic expectations and the style of teaching in the new system, she needed some extra help," he said.
Even though tuition is not unheard of in his native India, he said that it is more common here.
"I see a lot more kids going for tuition here, and (the tuition industry) in Singapore is much more organised."
Professor Andrew Delios, who teaches at the National University of Singapore's business school, said that his 15-year-old son, who studies in an international school here, has been attending tuition classes for maths for the past few years.
The Canadian said that his main motivation for sending his child for tuition was not for fear of losing out to others, but about making sure that he has extra time to focus on subjects in his core curriculum that he is weak in.
"There's not enough time in the day (for the school) to teach everything it needs to teach."

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To stress further on my point, che-che says the teacher in her school don't even teach much. She tends to understand her tutors better. So lucky she has tuition right?  Afterall my kids are not that smart! 
So what's the purpose of her going to school? I might as well home-school her? 

Even IB students also take tuition. Sigh.......

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Brain Drain and studying Social Studies

Singapore has been facing the threats of brain drain. I don't know what's the statistics now but young parents tend to want to look for better pastures, after all our government is attracting foreign workers to fight with us over our rice bowls, we have no place here. (I get really pissed when service staffs are PRCs and they don't understand a word of English. Why the heck are they hired then? I can speak mandarin so it's ok but it somehow pisses me off.) They give free scholarship to overseas students in NUS/NTU while we Singaporeans have to pay?? What is this? Not taking care of our own people.   

In 2014, around 212 000 Singaporeans were living overseas in total, compared to 2004, when the number was only about 157 800. More than half of these people have a university degree. In 2012, it was estimated that about 1200 Singaporeans give up their citizenship every year, according to former DPM Teo. There are 13.6 migrants for every 1000 Singaporeans as of October 2016."

Given a chance, with the political shit that is going on. I'd prefer to leave. Homes are cheaper; cars are cheaper. More holistic lifestyles, there's a time to study and play for the kids. There's time for us to take a break from work instead of slogging like shit, and having to pay high tax for this and that. Not exactly a good place to live in apart from the fact that Singapore is really safe.    

So, with the concerns of brain drain, there comes the concern of propaganda and brain washing the kids in Singapore by making them study Social Studies. 

Some interesting reads I came across :

Like what che-che said even when she's answering SS questions, she cannot be seen oppressing against the government. .........

Monday, October 2, 2017

She has no choice now...

but to put her card in the clear holder for her Saturday's class at MSQ, coz they tap their cards in a gantry like manner unlike the one in USQ. Every centres has a different way of scanning their cards.
She's already looking forward to her class with this teacher that she likes, as she also have schoolmate, who used to be in the same Higher Chinese class as her.  

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Mid Autumn Festival

For the second year running, MCST organised Mid Autumn Festival activities. 

But we didn't go, first reason the baby of the family wouldn't want to be seen holding and walking with lantern (tho' she blends in well with her small size). She says it's "so lame. so childish." Secondly, they'll be cooped up at home either clearing their school homeworks or tuition homeworks.  With final year exams looming next week for che-che and 3 weeks time for lil' one, time is so precious now. sad life right? 
As for today's event, I wasn't aware they were going to do a walk-about. The girls told me they saw people walking past our house. (I snoozed on lil' one's bed at that time) Lil' one's study table faces the window, so she caught sight of it when she was doing her homework. Che-Che was in the dining area having her replacement tuition. 
So different huh? My kids used to have so much free time when they were younger but not when they're older. SCHOOL! 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Last day of table hogging

Today marks the last day of me hogging tables in United Square after 3 years. 3 years! I was a familiar face in Macs on Thursdays as I wait for the girls to finish their tuition at TLL. Usually hog the place from 2+ to 7pm.
It was only this year that we had to wait from 2+ to 5pm as I withdrew them out from their English tuition, lil' one remained in their Science class. But sometimes I wait alone as che-che needs to stay back in school.

三年 - 有点舍不得. Free air-con; free wi-fi. I lug things to do, papers to mark, laptop to do some typing. Anything that keeps me occupied except enjoying korean drama or staring into blank spaces or shopping.    

The things most parents in Singapore do. Sit and wait for their kids. Oh! I must admit there were days when I really needed a place to sleep, I'd go over to the beauty salon for a facial. Service sucks. Three times I went; three times I had lotion getting into my eyes! I dunno how the lady do it, my usual beautician at another place don't do that. But... I desperately need the flat bed. There were days too where I'd go for a shoulder and back massage where I bought a package from Wan Yang. The good thing is that I can go to any Wan Yang with the card, so sometimes I do go to the one in Parkway.   

Next week onwards, lil' one will go over to Mountbatten Square on Saturdays. Will blog about it the next time why the switch.  

Meanwhile, today's the last day I can pack that nice Japanese food from the foodcourt. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Weirdest dream

I must be overtly exhausted that I dreamt during my morning 1hr+ sleep (usually I'll plonk back to bed after the girls leave the house for another hour or so extra sleep. 

I dreamt that I was awoken by che-che who was in her school uniform, saying that I had forgotten to pick her up from school. And it's already 12pm now. It was her Math paper and they were dismissed the moment they finish their paper, which was 10am. She waited for me and called me a few times to no avail, therefore she took a bus home herself. 

I jumped up from bed! It's so surreal and I kept checking the date and time on my phone. 
"Shit! Is she having her Math paper today? 
27th Sep. 9am. 27th Sep - nope. Her paper starts in October." 

That was a startled wake up call. Anyway, that dream can wake me up but not the phonecall from Guardhouse. 

sigh.....I'm too tired. Which reminds me too that I need to jot down the dismissal time into my phone today. 


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Bed angel

I can finally do a bed angel!! I'm not squashed with the one body width space left for myself. See that lil' one - she may be small but she takes up so much space on the bed. And we get kicked n punched by her many times. 

Lil' one has been sleeping on our bed for more than 1 month. Think it was 2 months?? Honestly, I can't remember, I need to check the man's passport. Usually when he's not in SIN, I'll let her sleep with me (save electricity) and I just wanna hug that nottie girl. He was on a long trip, after he got back she continued sleeping with us coz daddy wants to hug her. Coupled with the passing of my MIL on 14th Aug (wow! It's been a month already?), she continued sleeping with us. I asked her to return back to her room but she dare not. It's really strange, the same thing happened when my FIL passed on. Che-che was so frightened of the dark and needed KZ to be there while she sleeps. It took her a Long time before she overcome the fear. 
Tonight, she's squeezing on Che-Che's bed. I think in 2 days, she will get kicked out then she'll come to us again. 

Meanwhile I will enjoy the freedom I have. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Funny

Year end holiday : 

Today, che-che being the more adventurous than lil' one, asked me if we could camp outside. "It'll be so nice." When I highlighted to her that the time we're going, with that elevation there's probably going to be snow. And her no-longer-looking-like-puppy-eyes widened in excitement. "So.... it'll be fun right?" When I explained that she'll probably be buried dead the next morning she burst out laughing and suddenly she realised that "yah! the tent cannot take the weight of the snow. It will collapse". At that moment, I suddenly felt I was smarter than her. After that, I told her that's the reason why some people can be locked inside their own house when snow pile up through the night and they have problem opening their main door and leaving the house. They'll need a huge scrapper. My dunno-where-her-brain-went-to girl can tell me "I will start a fire and it will melt. No need to scrap."

            

My lil' grandma is 11


Can't believe how I can endure this lil' conniving; talkative nature girl for the past 11 years.

She never made my life easy for me. Only a trouble-maker. One who never listens to me and would do things her way. One who..... ummm..... knows what she wants and argues her way through. One who tries to manipulate her dad - and he usually gives in to his most doted daughter. 

Here's to my lil' one / nottie girl / lil' grandma :

Happy Birthday, mei-mei
Love you lots!    

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Angry!

She must be the stupidest person on earth, so stupid that she can be manipulated. 

Found out today that she has a pair of not brand new scissors  in her gigantic pencil case, which I've never seen before. Then asked her where was her Tsum Tsum scissors, she couldn't answer me. Rather, she chose not to answer me. Then my sixth sense triggered alarm. I asked if she changed her scissors with someone else, she said yes and it's the other girl that asked for the exchange. I am really mad with her? Why? 

This is in her pencil case - Paperstone Teddy scissors which costs $2.
$2!!!!!



In exchange for something similar to this, except it's Tsum Tsum. It's compact and nice for school. And this cost around $15 - $16. She stupidly changed, not knowing how to reject, something that is 8x cheaper. Any girls who sees it will definitely like it lah! 

Damn stupid!  





It was part of her birthday present last year, and within a year it's gone!  

No wonder people like to rummage through her pencil case lah! One pen was stolen recently. The pen she insisted that she really likes it and it'll be part of her birthday present this year. It was stolen and yet I had to buy another one for her within the next few days just not to disappoint her. But in the end, she was the one disappointing me. 

I don't care. I told her I'd give her until this Friday. I want to see the scissors back in her pencil case, and she can return this god-damn cheapo scissors to that girl. (Even the scissors I bought from Popular cuts better than this Paperstone scissors.) If not, I'll take $30 from her as compensation. Harsh? I don't care! This girl needs to be taught a lesson. Inflated price - yes. 2x more, to appease my anger.

This isn't the first time I'm taking money from her also. Months before I made her pay for her correction tape refills. She was always wasting correction tapes at home, all you need to do is to slide the tape across once right? She has to slide a few times. And I heard her remarked before, "It's okay, we have alot of refills at home. Our cupboard is like Popular like that." I heard it, I don't like it and told her the next time she's paying for it. She thought I had forgotten about it, so when she asked to buy correction tape I said I'm not paying. She said she'll pay me at home, I rejected and told her to count the money she has at home first, I don't want to be owed. So, for the next few days she had to use another correction tape to "last her a few days" coz' I didn't want to make a deliberate trip down to Popular. On the day, she brought out her coins (she has 2 piggybanks. I told her she can save 30% /70% into the 2 piggybanks. 30% will be accessible for her use. 70% is the can't touch it at all) from her 30% -savings piggybank and started counting. She attracted the attention of one staff in the bookstore, she was pitying her and said I should pay for her. I told the lady I won't give in, she needs to be taught a lesson. 
She dare not sulk and try to pull some tricks on me, but she did mention that her hard-earned savings of $13+ is left with $2+. I had to take the credit of the extra 5% discount she was given. Fast forward and about 3 weeks ago I asked her how many refills left. She said she's still "left with alot. I feel heart pain so I dare not waste my correction tape now."           

Remind myself, I shall not be soft with her when she cannot come up with $30 from her 30% piggybank.  

Saturday, September 9, 2017

New task

The day before yesterday, che-che suddenly asked me about my DSLR and asked me to bring it for our US trip. I told her I'm not bringing and that's when she volunteered that she would help to carry it for me.
The reason why I am hesistant is because I'm always the one lugging heavy stuffs with me during holidays while the rests seems to have nothing with them. I carry camcorder (yup! old- fashioned), one compact Sony camera, maybe extra batteries, tissues (both dry and wet), 2 folded plastic bags, 2-3 sandwich bags, a few rubber bands, plasters, disposable ponchos, my handy Swisscard (my best investment I bought from ZRH ever!) UMBRELLAS! Hubby always have no habit in carrying all these, citing that even bringing medicines overseas is a waste of space and only makes the luggage heavy EX-SIN. Asking me not to bring out umbrellas at all when we're out but so many times I rescued everyone from sudden downpour. I'm always able to have a plastic bag ready too if we need it for grocery shopping. Then only did he realize the importance, at least for the few recent trips he'd help to put one umbrella in his bag.    
Anyway, che-che was so excited that she tried the camera and kept asking me what is this button; that button. Then she expressed regrets that she didn't pay attention during photography class in Primary school. I don't even have the time to sit down and study the camera though I bought this like 6 years ago? I guess I never got the opportunity for a free time to use it yet as a hobby? Yes, I love photography but ........ parenting has made me give up (for the time being) my interests.   

I gave her a task of doing some reading up on how to use the camera after her SA2s. 

Perhaps I shall give her the task of figuring out how to use the Silhouette Cameo as well. 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Teacher's Day 2017

For the second time, I'm not volunteering in the school. If I'm not wrong, the first time I didn't volunteer was in 2012? The year that KZ, my ex-domestic helper, left and I have no one to pick and take care of lil' one who would end her kindy at 11.30am.
This year I chose not to help as well. Firstly I realised that the "free" timing given to the teachers are getting shorter and shorter. For 2 years, the talented kids get to perform for their teachers which we can watch the broadcast in the Hub. I don't think I want to use my time to volunteer for only 1-2 hours and then I get stuck somewhere coz I can't go home (makes no sense to make the journey to and fro) as dismissal is early. I can use the time to tidy the house. Secondly, too many things have happened for the past two months and I was so mentally and physically drained. I need the time to rest or rather knowing me I'll be cleaning the house. Well, better than piling work up and then work like shit the next day right?

The gifts
I'm glad that I'm not a procrastinator, I tend to plan things ahead. So I got the Teachers Day gifts done in early August. When hubby wasn't around in Singapore, I was able to mess up the whole dining table without clearing anything up until it was done in 2 days.  And I'm so glad I did, coz of the demise of my mother-in-law the wake and nitty gritty stuff took up a whole week. Although that was like 2 weeks before Teachers Day. I don't think I would like to rush through especially when it comes to crafts. But then again, my hands and legs are fast. If I'm able to put a birthday party favors prep within 1 week, this Teachers Day project is easy peasy, should take me lesser time. 

It's personalised coaster this year. Some time in July, wrecked my small brain to think of what to gift the teachers. It has to be something useful and light because my girls tend to give more than 4 gifts. They don't just give their teacher for that respective year, which I know many kids do. And something that they can help a little, to show that they DID make a gift themselves. 

I did the wordings and the pictures, printed them on photo paper. Love the quality. 
I did a sample to see how the outcome would be like and I love it. Doesn't look too commercial but still not so amateur-ish work.

The actual work : - I asked the girls to help with the mod podge. It's really fun. And what's more fun is the thrill of peeling the glue away from my skin after that. I don't know if you do this but I'll deliberately put more glue on my palm and wait for it to dry and start peeling it off. Haha! Aricia is too girly, didn't like the idea of crafts and stickiness. Che-che was just like me, smiling sheepishly and peeling glue off.  

     

The next step has to be done by me coz the smell is really pungent. After 3 layers of mod podge, I lay them on newspaper in the yard and start spraying them with acrylic sealer. This will make the coaster waterproof. I left it to dry overnight. And the next day, after housework, started packing them up in a cellophane bag and baged it in the paperbag. 
Project 2 : Only 4 to prepare. These are for the teachers who would be receiving gifts from both girls. Mainly their piano teacher and 3 school teachers who taught the both of them. Must be something useful, so it's personalised bottle. I was suppose to design and use the Silhouette to cut but I didn't have the time to figure out how to use it. I used Martha Stewart's silkscreen adhesive to paint monogrammed fonts on the plastic bottle, hoping that it'll work on plastic. 
I managed to get hard paper (240g) from Art Friend and made 4 plain boxes. Thank goodness, I kept my scoring board, (I gave away some scrapbooking stuffs when I made the move so this is one of the items that I kept) thus I was able to score the lines beautifully without having any creases on the hard paper.     


Last minute project. So, this is the reason why I say it's good that I start preparing gifts was before hand. I realised that I had missed out 2 tuition teachers. *slap head* To think that I was making the count some time in July. Simple design and paste onto chocolate. Cheap and easy. I baged them in cellophane bag.  

That's it for this year. Will start wrecking my brain again next year. Time to rest, Ms Small Brain.
     

No birthday party

It's 21 days, 3 possible weekends, to lil' one's birthday and she has been bugging me for one lunch date with her friends.

Actually I felt kinda guilty that she does not have a birthday party every year like che-che. She did mention weeks before but I didn't make any move that a party was to be under way. I was too tired to prepare anything. I'm going to make life easier for myselpaf this year, I guess I also won't prepare any Children's day gifts for her classmates, after last year's mama drama.

She asked for a lunch date with her friends, but how was I suppose to organise or to give invitation card at such last minute? Just one more day, it's school hols. I can't plan anything during school week, even if I did, invitation card has to be given out before the school holidays right? What more if I wanted to plan something during the school holidays. Sigh......

She didn't have any party last year coz we were suppose to keep a low profile( fengshui reason). This year, I was deliberating in June. Anyway, the unexpected happened and we're supposed to be mourning, you think I dare to suggest this?

Maybe next year? After PSLE? Do a post birthday party? 



 


Monday, August 28, 2017

Aw... I have a magic house too!

This video touches so close to my heart. As I always nag at the girls for messing up the house 
"the house magically appears clean and tidy every afternoon"