Tuesday, June 30, 2009


Yesterday was her last class in R's, a bit reluctant to withdraw her out but........I need the extra time for Athena (and hopefully to be able to make up to Aricia by spending more time with her too!)

Of all days we need to be late, it has to be TODAY!! All thanks to che-che who kept delaying time. Throw a big fuss wanting to tie her hair without blowdrying her hair, already going to be late, then say want to go; dowan to go; want to go; dowan to go. Buay tahan! In the end, left without her. And mei-mei missed her favourite opening song. Duh!

The value they learnt this term is on Obedience and R cited example of her being obedient and disobedient in her baking. Let the children try both, the 'disobedient cookies' were extremely saltish. But Aricia love it. Nodded her head said it's nice, thought she's being diplomatic. After some time, I feel she's greedy instead not diplomatic. Hee!

The kids are expected to recite the whole MT today and get their rewards from the Shop. I showed Aricia a lion cup (she adores lion, remember?) and she nodded her head in approval. She waited for her turn, so obedient.
It's not really her turn yet, S hasn't turned her head to look at her and my girl stood up & started reciting loudly.. and then her voice trailed off softer and softer until I can't hear her. She knows but the words can be too mouthful for a child her age, so she mumbles in her own way shortcut to alot of names. Once everything's completed, she walks happily to take her lion cup which she was eyeing all the time & made sure nobody takes it.
Photos are here (shucks!I've used up the max quota for photos in blogger, now have to subscribe to more storage space. Duh!)

She's very pleased with herself , I'm happy too that che-che was not here coz' she'd choose what she wants. The first term she chose what she wanted, not for the mei-mei. Aricia kept holding on her cup so dearly. Back home, she ran back to show KZ her proud cup, she'll wait for daddy to return back the next day before she can show it to him. Meanwhile, she pulled her lion toy by the head and shove the face into the cup saying "see lion , lion."

And this morning, on her way out to school. She ran back to grab the cup. Haha! She kept insisting she had to bring the cup, managed to convince her not to bring in to school only after some time.

Poor thing
Last evening my lil' cried buckets. She was in tremendous pain. She didn't poo since Sunday and she had already forewarned us about her "I stomach pain, I wan to poo-poo", cry but nothing came out (and when she poos, she refuses to sit on toilet seat or potty but prefer to stand and grab hold of the wall/sofa and gives that funny expression).
Didn't realise that her stools were really so hard that she was screaming in pain. She kept asking me to wash her buttocks but didn't want to stand while I remove her diapers, hugged me for her dear life. Then refused to let me touch her buttocks, one finger touch and she screams. How to wash? I asked for KZ's help to carry her while I wash then I saw the poo sticking out (she just can't expel it out). I tried to remove it for her, she screamed in pain. Sat her in a comforting position on the basin and tried again. Screamed and oh my! her anus was expanded so big that I was so prepared to rush her out of the house and run to the clinic opposite and shove her backside to the doctor's face. Real scary!
KZ suggested putting soap inside so that her poo will slip out and the soap will be expelled out. But no way are we going to try to shove things up her ass when we're not experts. So worried it might tear.
Subsequently, she poo-ed another time. Another screaming fits (like child labour without the anesthesia) from her, tried extracting it for her and tell you that girl ah.......small but very strong. Her kick almost killed me, she didn't want me close to her at all coz' the mummy is doing all the bad things.

Managed to talk to her after that and she finally allowed me to touch her, put oil around her anus. Poor girl!

Despite all these noise, that che-che was still so sound asleep.. ZZzzzzzzzzz
Unposted photos
Crazy mother is a bad influence to the children. I put the stick on manicures for Aricia. That girl remembered how I kept asking her sister to pose for me; posed for me.

To be happy or not?

School informed us today.

29 June 2009
Dear Parent/Guardian


1. In line with the Primary Education Review and Implementation (PERI) Committee recommendations, the school is exploring the implementation of holistic assessment of pupils to support learning. This would enable teachers to provide more meaningful feedback to you on your child’s progress in the academic and non academic areas.

2. In the light of the above and in order to facilitate teachers’ design of appropriate assessment tools for their learners, I wish to inform you that there will be no Common Test 2 (CT2) for P1 to P5 pupils in Term 3.

3. Your child’s learning of the various subjects taught in class will be monitored using varied modes of assessments and will be carried out at the professional discretion of their teachers. The assessments which may be in small portions are aimed to help build pupils’ confidence and desire to learn and may vary from class to class.

4. Hence, in place of Common Test 2 (CT2) teachers will conduct two or three shorter class tests/assignments targeted at the ability level of the class and at the appropriate juncture of the syllabus or scheme of work. Class teachers will inform the pupils of the dates of these tests.

5. The school will continue to have its Semester 2 Assessment (SA2) exam for pupils in Term 4.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs Margaret Tan (Principal)

Friday, June 26, 2009

The week in a gizz

So the school hols is coming to an end, I can't wait for the children to be in school - to free me from their fights; screams etc.. Yet on the other hand, it means that I have to wake up early and the days that never seem to end. But yet, on the other hand, I worry about the spread of H1N1 which seems to be increasing at an alarming rate.

I didn't manage to bring the children out to the Zoo or BirdPark as promised. I managed 2 playdates all squeezed to the end of the school hols. Apart from that, it's work work work for Athena. She had her fair share of play as well.
She didn't go for the Shichida Camp coz' she's afraid. Sigh......
No Meet & Greets either coz' I didn't pay attention to the newspapers for info. Plus, no more heart attacks for the mummy.

With a new term, I hope Athena will do better in class.

With a new term, I hope Aricia don't bully her classmates. (yup! she does as what I just found out.) My lil' one was seen standing akimbo and moving her fingers about while scolding (or speaking in her high pitch voice) to her classmates. She does it when the teacher is not around, and she knows how to choose the children. Gasp! (on one hand feels that we don't have to worry much about her coz' she knows how to fight for her own rights. But yet on the other hand, she seems like a bully. Hee!)

Playdate session 2 : Card-making

Playdate with her LCCC classmates, WT and J. Am sick and tired of baking, washing, the mess, greasiness in the house. Too much cake = hyperactive kids = rolly polly mummy.

So had to think of something for the kids to do. It's something made 2 months in advance - Teacher's Day card, hopefully by the time comes we remember where we left the cards. Haha!

Brought out my scrapbooking materials and when the kids came by, it was lunch then 'rock & roll time'.

Hmm...........turned out majority of the card-making was done by the mothers. Haha!

Photos for the day :-

She gave her friends, WT and J a card each
plus a small pack of cookies (baked by mummy on Wednesday afternoon)
plus ... some scraps from the HK cake. I used small cookie cutters & put some icing. A pity my icing is not done nicely coz' I was using the Wilton cookie icing (I didn't want to prepare from scratch coz' that's a huge portion) and that needs to be put in the microwave for heating - my hands were not spared from the hot icing. Ouch!
Another lazy method is to use the edible writing pens to write the childrens' names on the icing.

WT's mummy's work
My work!! Okay, give Athena some credit, she did paste the butterfly stickers nicely - so impressed with her. The first card on the left is incomplete coz' I want to put some wordings on it.
J's card. So sad.... I could only supervise her with one card. The other smaller card she was basically pasting stickers. Brother who was around, helped me salvaged the card by making a rainbow.
Our cards. We still have a few more cards to do. And .... was thinking if I should do for Aricia's school as well. Wah........headache leh! Spoil market!!
The kids ended up playing in the room

Then, I remembered something >> A US friend of brother gave Athena 2 packs of stick-on nails. I turned the 2 girls into an ... Ah hiao charbor

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Happy Meow Meow to you....

Athena requested for a Hello Kitty cake from me.

Baked the cake on Wednesday night *yawn*, cut and crumbcoat. (goash! I'm still so bad with crumbcoating. I've got a freckled-face Kitty.)

Thursday : (Shichida's term break, so I have free time in the afternoon. Skipped Aricia's home practice) - added another layer of buttercream which are the extras from our last week's bake session. Piped outline and ... so lazy to use and wash (though I leave the washing to KZ) another piping tip and coupler, I use butter knife to spread the nose and ribbon colours. Can't seem to get the nice smooth-looking top layer the pros do. Is it skill or patience one need?

Photos :

Preparations in the way

Wow.. I'm so impressed with myself. Let's hope my cake ends up with this shape

Thursday - rushed through work coz' I forgot Athena has Berries class. Finally all coloured and *pai-pai pi gu and rush out of the house*
I couldn't find licorice to make the whiskers (anyway it tastes horrible), so I used Pocky sticks instead. I finished the rest of the pack in the night *fat*
Thursday night : I think everyone's getting a little bored. Baking every month, we get tired of singing the birthday song month after month. Neighbours might think we're mad. Honestly, I wonder if I can continue with this a few months to come.
But Athena thinks otherwise, she's happy when she's the star of the night

Happy 6 years 7 months old, Athena!