Thursday, September 12, 2019

DONE!

I  got the tickets! I got the tickets!

First thing I did as I woke up, I checked my email if they have replied me. 

Premier seats, not the best 2 seats closest to the stage (where we sat for SSO ND Concert) but the next 2. Ai yah, mai hiam can already., otherwise I would have booked Cat 1, which is rows away. No discount for this category - Cat 12 - but I'm happy and relieved as long as I got my tickets.  

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

OMG! This is so stressful!

OMG! This is more stressful than P1 school registration. What accounts for this high level of anxiety from me? Joe Hisaishi!! OMG! I've been waiting for him to come by Singapore and this is a chance not to be missed. 

There's a catch though. Tickets are sold first to the SSO Friends, public sales will only start on 21st Sep. Can I wait that long? The seats that we wanted are already taken, which is very surprising coz that's a different category, so how did the person managed to get the tickets? 

I have 2 options :
1) either I have to do the "fastest finger" wins at 9am on 21st Sep, standby with the laptop at 8.58am. No guarantee coz if 2 tix are taken up now, in days to come more tixs may be sold. 
2) get the Friends Season pass and then we can't get the seats that we want but we're in Cat 1, 5 rows from the stage. But at least we chope our seats. 

We have switched from "wanting the best seats with best sound" mentality to "as long as we get tickets" mentality. How desperate can we get.

Problem now is, I paid for the Friends Season Pass but I have no Promo Password to key in. OMG! I'm so dying inside.... D.E.S.P.A.R.A.D.O 

Synopsis
The world-renowned Japanese composer-conductor Joe Hisaishi makes his impressive first appearance in Singapore in 2020!

Joe Hisaishi is the musical mastermind behind the score of numerous films, this symphonic concert celebrates his long and fruitful collaboration with the master of animated cinema, Hayao Miyazaki.

Concert Program:
  1. The East Land Symphony
  2. Woman for piano and strings:
    Woman
    Ponyo
    Les Aventuriers
  3. Spirited Away Suite

Aiyoh..... aunty's heart cannot take it leh!

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Tennis

Finally bought her her first tennis racket from Royal Sporting House in NEX.

Description
The Federer Pro 105 has a lightweight frame designed for fast, aggressive strokes and outstanding maneuverability. Weighing only 9.7 oz. (275.0 g) This extra long racket allows players to reach more balls and hit the net faster. Its Midplus head provides more tolerance and control. The Federer Pro 105 is an effective transition racket for up and coming tennis players more consistency.




WRT5661 Federer Pro 105 for $127.20, marked down from $159. It's the cheapest racket there I guess but it's good for her since she's still a beginner. 
Tennis lessons? Hmm..... problematic finding the suitable time. Lil' one refuses to learn tennis, wanted to learn badminton. And if I sign up one child for sports class; I'll have to be fair right? So there goes the problem of finding a suitable time with both tennis and badminton running classes at the same time in the same venue. Meanwhile, it'll be us playing our lousy tennis game.    



Thursday, July 25, 2019

Feeling so proud of myself

I’m so proud of myself.

It’s coming to the end July and Teacher’s Day gifts 🎁 are all packed. This is a much earlier completion date so far, in all my years of preparing gifts for the teachers, some of them clamouring till 1-2weeks before the day. Of course this is only made possible because I have one task less to do now - academics with lil’ one.
The other reason why I’m so proud of myself is that I’ve finally accomplished an iron-on. I have always been fearful of iron-ons, so many “what if”s pop into my mind whenever I consider iron-on and then I’ll change idea and end up preparing other gifts. This comes at a time when ideas are all running dry.

Teachers Day gifts are getting lesser and lesser, which is good news. Che-che never once gifted anything to her secondary teachers. Even for her favourite Math teacher in Sec 3 and 4, all she did was to write a note to the teacher on testpad paper 🤪 .
The gifts are for tutors and primary school teachers, their favourite ones. I guess once lil’ one has no time to go back to primary school during Teacher’s Day will be the day / year onwards I can stop preparing for the primary teachers. Which I believe the day will come soon. Che-che only made it once back to primary school, when she was in Sec 1, the next 3 years after were rather impossible for her to go back as they were dismissed from school late.

Nonetheless, it’s something that I’ve designed personally for each teacher, a work from my heart.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

I have this crazy idea

With a little more time on my own now, I've been thinking what I can do with the very little free time I have. Well not that I have alot of free time.

Now that the girls are slowly not needing me in some areas (academic - marking work; assigning work; typing stuffs for them), what can I do with that little minute pocket of time? I'm still required to send (on some days) and pick the girls up on an almost daily basis. [Che-che has grown tired of taking bus to and from school since mid May]  Otherwise I would have been able to free up more time. I can perhaps bake, decorate icing cookies (but nobody's eating them now), go for some aim and shoot on my own - I meant photography. However I'm interested in landscape and Singapore is disappointing in this aspect. 
I've practically sold my life to the girls for the last 16-17 years that I realised I haven't got a hobby at all. The things I love to do - baking - is mainly for the girls. 
I stopped my reading for a long time so I think I should pick up books. Back to crime or holocaust genre? It's nice to curl up with soothing music plugged to my ears while I read ignoring the world before me. Alas! Easier said than done, always that reality of me rushing out to packing their food into the car and pick the girls. I thought maybe I could do some brainless things like cross-stitch or amigurumi BUT I have no idea what I could do with them after that and it's not exactly a good idea as I'm always trying to declutter the house. I'll end up throwing my money away. Perhaps someone can pay me to do the job for them? Then a silly idea came into my mind - learn a new language. Forget about my 半桶水 Japanese maybe I should pick up German instead? Maybe it's that sudden craze I have now listening to german music as I'm on the computer. But why didn't I pick up German when I was flying? That was a good opportunity to put the language to practice,  though I only know very simple words like "kaffee, tee oder mich" - haha! 
But why German? German is rather hard to pronounce I feel. However it seems that German is more widely spoken in europe.

This song just came into my mind :
Es tanzt ein Bi-Ba-Butzemann
in unserm Haus herum, fidibum,
Es tanzt ein Bi-Ba-Butzemann

in unserm Haus herum.

I still have my german children songs CDs in the house. hee!
Check out lil' one doing her folk dancing. So cute! 


Hmm...... perhaps this has to be put on hold too? As I am in the midst of planning our year-end holiday itinery. Ok, that was a good break from my planning, I shall go back to it now. 

Note : I came across my blog entry in 2018. Have I checked off the list yet?
https://athenamummy.blogspot.com/2018/04/what-will-i-be-doing-in-2019-entry.html

Auf Wiedersehen. Schönen Tag

        

Monday, June 24, 2019

Medieval Nuremberg

Our holiday may be 6 months ago but my heart is still in Nuremberg. I’m missing this place so much. There were many places left undiscovered that were planned in my itinerary but due to the fact that I had 2 people who were not commutable (one limping away since the start of the holiday, the other is lil’ grandma lil’ one) makes it difficult. 

There's just something about Nuremberg that makes me want to go back again. Is it the medieval feel? But I've been to few "medieval" places before, so what makes me want to go back again? Or is it because it's a totally new place for me so I feel my sightseeing is not complete. The other places where I planned for our holiday is mainly for them as I've been to the places at least twice. Munich is my 4th time, Dachau Concentration Camp my 4th time too, Salzburg my 2nd time. 

Ok, I really need to get my butt going and plan for a solo trip.    

Thursday, May 23, 2019

That deja vu feeling

Sometimes when I do stuffs on the laptop, I'll prefer to have peace and quiet but sometimes I like it when I listen to some soothing music. 

Today, 23rd May, five months plus after the last time I was listening to music while on laptop, I had that deja vu feeling. 
Back in November and December, I was rushing through planning holiday itineries and doing up lil' one's travel journal I was listening to all the jazz songs, christmas songs too to put myself into that wintery christmas-sy feel and also to block out any noise the girls were making. 

At that time, I kindda left the girls alone without me chasing or telling them to do their work etc.. It was definitely a very relaxing feeling. Suddenly the heavy stone on me was lifted away, I didn't have to bother about their academic as they had both finished their exams and while I resigned to fate with lil' one's results and posting, I had no idea and didn't want to think too much on che-che's results.
The girls were hanging out together, sent them out to settle lunch on their own which they gladly did. They went to Hougang Mall, NEX etc.. they had fun outside without me, I had them out of the house so that I could focus on the planning. I shall not leave things to last minute this year, I should start planning some thing now. 

The holiday makes me want to really start planning a trip on my own. But holy shit! Che-che's Grade 8 exam is sometime in end Aug to Sept. And provided the man is not travelling too. Sigh..... 我要出国。 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Lil' cheena girl

15th May 
My lil' cheena girl forte is Chinese. Her compo since primary school is quite power, getting results like 30++ / 40 kind. At one time, I told myself I should send her for some essay writing competition. But you know what? I totally forgot about it and 3 years have passed by without me doing anything for her.

Today, she came back home from school and told me to help her type something as she's tired to do it and she has lots of homeworks to complete. She gave me a instruction sheet and for a moment I was jumping at her over why I had to read this and comply to it. Obviously I wasn't reading .... and when I tried - OMG! Is this even Chinese? She read a few instructions for me then I shoo-ed her away to get her homeworks done while I try to read it. Before shoo-ing her off I questioned her on the reason for doing this. Her compo is one of the two in her class selected to be published by her school and distributed to the students. Better than nothing right?  

As I typed her compo. Oh my! I've never seen some words before, and so many strokes to one particular word. How the heck she remembers this word? (Wait! I don't even know what that word means.) Well, for some good reason this girl can remember/recognise chinese words very well, this sets my mind to ease that at least she's not dyslexic.    

Another sounding positive news is that in the 1st WA, she was one of the 5 students who passed her Chinese and this time there are 9 students who passed and only one scored high marks of 30++/40 , I'm hoping that she's one of the 9 and definitely the one with the highest marks. I can only see her results on PTM day. 


                                             _______________________

as at 21st May : She didn't show me her test papers but I saw it as she left it lying around on her bed. I saw her results and asked if she was the one with the highest marks. I'm happy. 

She also showed me the $10 Popular gift voucher given by the school for the students who had their essays published. She's really happy. I had wanted to give her $10 cash so that she can bank in but she didn't want. Meanwhile please remind me to close both eyes should she end up buying some rubbish with her reward. 
Oh! She told me it was an essay competition for all the students. Hmm.... girl can you please tell me what's happening in your school?  

Documenting this down so that in years to come lil' one will be reminded she had a reward in Sec 1 

Saturday, May 11, 2019

On This Day - 11th May #Reminders from FB#

11th May 2012 - 
Her first trip to the optician. It's confirmed that she IS DESPICABLE MISCHIEVOUS!!! Optician said she can see. He had his way of finding out if kids were lying. At one point he made her write down. (phone batt went flat couldn't take pic of her doing that).
He kept shaking his head and I suspected he tricked her. Ok, at least she sat on that chair. That should make her happy already right?     
I asked her if she really can't see. Days ago she kept saying "I cannot see". Today, I asked and she gave me that sheepish smile and said that she could see. @-@!! 


这个小瓜小冬瓜真的是伤脑经啊!Keeping me on my toes all the time. 
__________________________________________________________________________

11th May 2013 -
Massaging her ponytail and head. Hahaha! Little Miss Shortie is so funny! The SAs laughed at her; the guy sitting next to her tried to control his laughter.  One SA came and tried to pull down for her but still reaching her ponytail.
That day we were in Compass Point, in our usual weekend jalan jalan. We walked by Osim massage chairs display in Harvey Norman? or Best Denki? We sat down to try, and lil' one in her sharp voice "I want to try! I want to try!" and sat down. What followed after that was laughter from me and hubby. So funny!


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Growing up and more needs

26th March
We bought the current laptop (think it's already 3-4years?) intending to let che-che use it. However she didn't get to use much, any online projects the kids can do it on some Google thing where their groupmates can go in and make their edit.  
Things changed when she's in JC1, she needs the computer more often now, leaving me with no computer. Not that I have a big business to handle but I'm like at the beck of her call on when I can use it. There are days when lil' one needs to use it too, and she don't like daddy's gigantic sound-blasting-until-can-go-deaf laptop. Then I considered getting one for myself or maybe for her.  


Mid April
Honestly I know nuts about computers and asked sis for advice. And she told me to look for a certain brand. 

28th April
The girl complained that the laptop is lousy, the battery depleted so quickly that she couldn't do her PW with her team mates and she needed one urgently. So when I spoke to the man about it, he took it upon himself to get it for her. Of course, he being the doting dad gave her a choice to choose. She had wanted those flip- flexible kind which I told her it's useless, spoils more often and no way getting those type for her. Still, he gave her the choice "either this or Apple". (The girl had asked for Apple also) "Do you know how to use Apple?" 

Ehh....... duh! The man is so out of date huh? They've been using computers in school, and they have both kinds of computers in both schools. 

And it's a fast deal kind where he ordered the laptop online and as there is a delay in their delivery, they chose to pick it up in Orchard.  


29th April
She got her own laptop. No more dying battery, no more complaints. I only have to deal with the “not fair. How come che-che has a new computer. I want one too.” from you know who



Monday, April 8, 2019

As the kids progress into their next chapter

with lil' one in secondary school and che-che in JC, there are adjustments to be made.

Let's start with che-che, the one who spends more time in school than at home. Our home is like a hotel to her now. 
Her day starts at 8.30am (3 days) and 7.30am (2 days) but she has been going in to school early almost daily to get some work done. She didn't want us to send her to school (so far) and chose a time where she's able to get a seat on the bus, and when she finally worked out on the perfect timing where she's able to get a seat on the bus (even though the bus is only 2 stops away from Interchange) - it's a shocking 6.20 am!! I'm still very concerned about my children getting as much sleep as possible, suggested that daddy can send her to school on his way to work while I send lil' one, so she don't have to spend time detouring but she didn't want. Even coming back from school, she refused my offer in picking her up. Maybe she's embarrassed? Her academic day ends earliest at 4pm to 5pm. 

Basically all I need to fuss about would be lil' one. 

Soon, che-che will be in Uni. I doubt I'll see her shadow and lil' one growing up and getting busy with her school. Soon, I'll be feeling the empty nest syndrome. Oh my! Can my girls stop growing up? I miss them when they were young, so cute and they were definitely by my side (tho they were driving me crazy)   

Monday, March 11, 2019

CCA allotment

Finally, che-che's CCA allotment is out. Happy that she got her first choice - Interact Club. 

[ Her choices were 1st --> Interact Club. 2nd --> Shooting. 3rd --> Band]
At that time when she went for both trials, immediately she told me she feels she has no hope for shooting coz' they choose very few people and she didn't do well. Hmm.... in other words - cockeye lor! Haha!
My concerns was why was Band in her option coz' if she didn't get either first 2, it's more likely that she will get her Band. But she did explain she had to put something she was confident she could pass the trials, otherwise she may be posted to something which she don't like or worst with the heavy time commitment that I/she was trying to avoid. 
She thought she wouldn't be able to blow her saxophone when she went for the trial coz' as she explained to me she hasn't touched sax for a year and she has her braces now. But she was surprised that she could blow. Amongst the sax J1 students, she's the only one who could play both alto and tenor sax, so I thought she might stand a higher chance in getting in. The teacher found out which secondary school she was from and immediately asked about Mr Sim. He has earned himself quite a good reputation. 
   
We've been waiting for this news for 2 weeks, at the same time she had to go for Band practices as she was also shortlisted for Band. I guess she was also beginning to enjoy band coz' she must have felt her hope of getting her first choice - Interact Club - dimmer. RI had their CCA allotment news so much earlier, this goes to show how "efficient" her school is. Nevertheless, this was a good surprise as recruitment number is relatively limited. And they having the need to do a write up, trying to convince teachers why they should be recruited. I thought my girl is not the kind to know how to hard-sell herself kind.

Finally, with this allotment, I know which days she is free. For weeks, she's been missing piano lessons on Mondays (Band CCA day). I can also do my menu planning.  

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Countdown

Lil' one is doing the countdown for the collection of the second car - this Thursday. It has been put off from the weekend (2nd/3rd March) to 7th.

Whatever has happened to "I love to take bus! It's so fun to take bus" ? Taking bus for the initial 2-3 times seems fun but not when she had to take more than 12 times, it's more than what she can handle. So I guess, I'm not the only one who's spoilt, she's spoilt too! She's too tired from walking under the hot sun after school. 

What does she do on the bus? Play handphone? Talk? Nap? She'll sit there diligently staring out of the window, looking out for the stop (she's worried about missing her stop). It's that same behaviour when we were in Shenzhen in 2016 - where we took a bus from OCT East Theme Park(Tea Plantation) back to hotel. It was a long draggy ride, and we tasked the girls to know how many stops to our hotel. Only lil' one was counting (she was sticking her fingers out counting) while che-che was busy playing with her phone and the 2 old folks (us) dozed off with the motion. 
She doesn't really talk on the bus unless her friend happens to be on the same bus to Eunos.

Monday, March 4, 2019

On This Day - 4th Mar #Reminders from FB#

4th Mar 2011

 Lil' one super serious in her work. Like to see her expression, very mature and I often forget she is turning 5 not the 2yr-old girl I had