Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween 2014

Didn't buy them any new costumes this year. Che-che had fussed about for the past 2-3 years back when she wore the Queen of Hearts and Mad Hatter costume, saying it's too tight at the armpit area; too itchy etc... Always getting me fuming mad. Well, I did try to get big size for her but she's way too fussy.

In order to ensure she don't get me angry, I decided she could use the devil or Dracula cape whatever you think it is for the 2nd or 3rd time. As for the lil' one, since she usually fits into the 6X US size, she can still wear LRRHood and Alice. I can save my money. 

We left Marine Parade a little later than 5.30pm. We arrived the place at 6+ with massive jam at PIE (Tuas), this time round I parked further away (which I realised I could have parked back the same place coz' there wasn't any bottleneck jam at the carpark - or maybe I left slightly earlier?) and we walked to the estate.

We started trick-treating at 2 mins to 7pm. By then the sky has turned dark so I didn't get any nice photos. Even the video camera I brought along was under-utilised. Oh well, as long as I had that few minutes snippets of the girls doing this during their childhood. Che-che did tell me it's boring.... My girl has grown, soon she wouldn't want to be seen with me.

Anyway, let the pictures do the talking --    









Sunday, October 26, 2014

Cleaning up

The night before every next day's PSLE paper I would clear the exam papers and assesment books. Everyday, I see heaps and heaps of papers cleared from my room and it sure feels G.R.E.A.T. My head feels lighter with each passing day and crossing out dates; my vision in the room gets better.
Makes me wonder how that small size room can contain so many stuffs.

29th Sep :  This is the second stack where I cleared even more, two days ago I sold some to the garang-guni man. 
Those that I think I can keep for Aricia, I put them in a stack. I waited for about 11 days later (11th October) after she gets her deserved break and I get my boxes from brother, I assigned the free girl to help segregate some materials. Those are the materials which I had lumped together for her final revision. She had to put them back accordingly to primary level so that mei-mei can use it especially Science notes. 
I even got rid some of mei-mei's Primary 2 textbooks. I don't think she needs them anymore since she's doing revisions now.

As at 26th Oct : Cleared the side cabinets of some papers and mei-mei's P2 assessment books.
For the past 3 days I assign the girl to help me. She reads her book, sits infront of computer and scanner while I busy myself with revision with mei-mei. Alot of P5 and P6 stuffs to scan. Housekeeping in the hard disk is another thing!!  

Decluttering / Tidying Up
I get really frustrated when the girls mess up faster than I can tidy. My pair of hands can barely keep up with their two pairs of hands. Somehow I finally have the skill to live with my eyes half-closed. I cleared some of che-che's clothes on the 12th and still more to clear. I need to clear shoes. 
I hope I can clear alot of stuffs before we move. I have to keep telling my family members and friends not to buy anything for us coz' we have far too many things, it'll take years before I will use their presents. Aiyoh! How to tell them more firmly? 

I'm tired, I think I should really get a part-timer to help clean the house. But I have a feeling I'll sack her as soon as I start her coz I'm quite fussy about how my house is to be cleaned.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Off to Bangkok!

We went off for a well-deserved break during the marking days - 14th to 18th Oct

Lil' one went with us although she has her exams. I brought a few papers for her but we didn't do much while we were there. We were out everyday. Hotel location is superb! Right opposite Siam Paragon and the whole stretch of malls. However we are not the shopping type, we have far too many clothes and stuffs. The only thing we shopped hard for - was this cheapo face foundation cream that mom uses. Many shop owners shake their head when I show them the packaging, a few of them even commented "long time ago". Haha! Goes to show how ancient mom is. In the end, we found it but had to make two other trips before we could get the whole box of 24. 

I planned on sightseeing for this trip coz mei-mei didn't do any sightseeing during her previous trip in June, also the last time che-che went to BKK was about 8-9 years back.

Photos have been uploaded in my photo album. Enjoy!   

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Children's Day gifts

This is the last Children's Day gifts I'm giving che-che's friends. No more! I think for mei-mei's friends next time I'll just do a generic one, no need personalisation. I run out of ideas!

It wasn't easy to decide what to get the girls without burning a big hole in my pocket. I love personalised notepads but x40.... it's $$$! Name stickers - too childish. Finally I decided that the anti-dust plug might be really useful. Most girls have a handphone, a smart phone!! Rich gals!

After shopping in Aliexpress and DHGate for mei-mei's birthday favor, I was so hooked in this bulk purchase thing. Needless to say, an easier way was thought out and I made my charms purchase in there.

It's really beautiful except for the long gold chain, which I have no idea what it is for except to sling in on wrist but it's too long. Loving simplicity, I took out the chains and put in the alphabet charms on, carefully without tarnishing the colours off.
The charms are in different colours. I placed an order for silver owls, therefore ordered silver alphabet charms from another seller. Then I received emails that silver are out of stock. Seller managed to convince me that gold and silver do match. The photos on their website don't do any justice, the owls look nice but it's nicer when I held it closer to see.
*sorry for the horrid pictures. They were taken in the night, while girls sleeping I'm busy     

After assembling the owls, it was time to personalise the backing. Initially I had wanted to buy new cellophane bags and then do all the measurements and make the cards. But then I looked at the pristine condition of the actual packaging it came in,so I worked around the measurements of the cards. Printed and pasted on my hard paper. I junked the original backings away, leaving only a few to use the slit as a stencil and cut on my new backings. Smart right?

Rainbow theme = good luck = good wishes ..... yup somewhere along that line.   


Packed into different bigger bags (different letters) for easy distribution
Keeping to the rainbow theme. I wanted to patronize my friend's shop getting all the rainbow colours candies and packed them up + tagging but unfortunately time was not on my side. I was really tired from all the late nights, on one of my grocery run I chanced upon this mentos and decided that this would make my job easier. Sorry Wen! I'll shop another day. 

Tickets booked!

Yay! Tickets to BKK booked for a short break on PSLE Marking Days.

Tickets booked too for November to Shanghai. It's going to be a long trip for us. Ironically 3 weeks can take us to Europe or USA but we end up somewhere closer. Sigh.... Actually I'm dying for a trip to Holland. So tempted to bring the girls there. 
Anyway, we're going to Tokyo in between the Shanghai trip. The girls wanted to go Hokkaido again, I wanted to go Onsen but I think I'll have a big problem especially if I'm not that familiar with the place and need to read the map.. and its snowing blizzard there! Don't take the risk so decided Tokyo. 
Actually I thought maybe we can go Moscow from Shanghai (8hrs + flight).  Haha! Of course I didn't tell hubby this. Can't read; can't speak Russian one woman dragging two girls along is very dangerous. 
Have intention of signing them up for any short classes in Shanghai to immerse them in Chinese. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

What!? Seriously........?

Any parent would know of this website - kiasuparent -  which speaks so accurately of us. There are a variety of topics discussed, of course the most active ones would be academic support. There's a Discussion for 2014 PSLE students too! And in this forum, everyone discusses and share tips on how to conquer their first mountain. 
During this period, students and parents put answers and compare with the others. Not like anything can be done if our answers differs from the rests but perhaps it's just an assurance if our answers are the same as the rest. 

But I'm wondering how these kids can even remember the question numbers; questions and answers so well. My blur sotong girl can even forget what she was tested earlier on or.... even forgot what she wanted to ask me. 
Needless to say, I did ask her what was her answer and it took her some time to recall what was the question. She can't remember what question number is a certain question. I asked her how is it she can't remember all these when she can rubbish or whatever things she read months ago. She then replied me "mummy, do you want me to spend my time memorising the questions and answers OR do you want me to spend my time checking my answers?" Well, she made a very good point. 

Hangover

I feel so much better today..... it's the first day of FREEDOM.Glig Graphics I can't explain that relief off me. It really feels that I was the ONE SITTING FOR THE EXAMS. 

Imagine, days before I was running through revisions and since I had been hands-on since Day One, I know where her weakness and strengths are, I know where she tends to be careless. Like a fortune teller with a crystal, i forwarned her how doomed she would be if she neglected areas or misread certain Science questions etc...
And suddenly everything just disappeared with the typhoon. GONE! RELIEVED!

And guess what? I must have been that overly exhausted that I overslept!!!! Reason for exhaustion is mentally and physically having to handle home, education and girls affairs solo. On PSLE days I was worried of oversleeping and woke up almost every hour. Hubby, who returned just few hours ago, roused me from sleep "ay! It's 7+ already." Shucks! Just a sleep and I totally forgot I had another daughter (lil one). She panicked.... and first thing she told me "I need to go to school today I have spelling." Haiyah! Spelling only not exam not PSLE." 

I am an irresponsible mom. I could have brought her to school but she would reach at 8+ close to 9 since it was close to 8 when I was awoken. But in the end, the laziness sank in. I need a well-deserved break moreover she's only in Primary 2..... She can catch up. Anyway she had been revising on her own. I need a break before I get myself busy with her exam preparation.

Che-che had requested to go Orchard Rd days before, she even asked daddy when they Facetime-ed. So after lazing in bed for another 2 hours (not enough for me but I wasn't going to deprive myself on a trip down to Orchard) we set off. In BBW -Taka bumped into a schoolgirl. Haha! When you see any kids not in school at that time, they must be the P6s. Had a nice time lazing doing nothing, for me I know it's short-lived happiness. 

It's OVER!!

Oh YES! Oh YES! Oh YES YES YES!!! It's finally OVER! 

Can't believe the long journey we took, 6 years! And the journey got rougher with big tidal waves in the last year. Plus the puking from me from the nauseating rides up and down the waves. There were days (oh well majority) when I want to be a pirate and swing the sword at her or me

Our final lap, we made a cool and calm swim. Hopefully we did it right. It wasn't a good chance for making experiments because this exam is serious and important, we had to get it right for her. But for the second round, I learn from mistakes and hope to do it better for mei-mei (if I still have the energy)

I can finally let my hair down, let her hair down. Phew!

Rest for 2-3 more years then chiong again. Sigh...... Meanwhile I need to read up on the new syllabus. DUH! 

Meanwhile shots of my girl. Precious moments....


This was taken on 29th Sep - day of her second last paper - her most hated subject Chinese. I thought to myself that the next day I had to do this mamarazzi again coz' like how many times is she going to take her PSLE?? 
30th Sep - everyday I hear the footsteps and whispers as the girls finish their paper for the day. Today, it was much quieter as most girls made light footsteps down. They were elated that all papers are finally over. I can never describe the heave of relief that took over my heart, immediately I felt myself lightened.
Smiles from the girls. And I can't spot my girl coz' it's a sea of blues there. 

I see my girl smiling everyday. I should be happy when she tells me the papers are easy. She sounds very confident over the papers, she didn't have the anxiety as she experienced 2 years back. The anxiety that led her to see the school counsellor, that made me worried every school tests and exams. (she always do well for papers at home but ....) I pray hard that she gets the results that she truly deserves.

I'm short of pushing a mic into her face and interviewing her, otherwise I make an awesome full- fledge journalist not mamarazzi
When I stood at the vicinity, I can't help but think back of her first day in the school. Her second day of school. And how she (embarassingly) hugged my legs infront of the Principal. She laughed when I recalled the incidents to her. I hope I'm not embarassing her by blogging down all her 丑事 for the world to read. However these are memories that will help me recall when I'm old and senile.  And this my girl is going to end her 6 years in this school soon. I'm crying....

Monday, September 29, 2014

Teacher's Day gifts

For the past 2 years I commissioned a very crafty friend to help me make something for Teacher's Day. Initially this year I wanted to follow the trend but decided that I could plan and prepare way way way in advance, I should be able to come out with gifts for the Teachers myself.

I bought a lot of bottlecaps, for hairbow making purposes, and thought I could do something with it. Knowing me, I prefer to get practical (or maybe in my opinion is) gifts for teachers since they'd be loaded with cups, frames, flowers or some other generic mass-produced and easily available in stationery shops. Honestly, I'm running out of ideas over the years. I think soon I'll be really purchasing gifts from shops.

These are personalised bottlecaps    


Bottles of M&Ms filled up

Candles for non-school teachers, who would have no use for the pass holders
.

Feeling shitty

没有想到还不会吗她。
一讲到就一把火。
Why? I think I have depression. Everything also must scold her.

Three more weeks and ......... I feel the anxiety, she doesn't! I feel that she hasn't revised enough, she thinks it's sufficient!

To sum it all, this whole process is draining me dry

Why? Why can't I have a motivated child?

To band or not to band?

When kids reach P3, I always hear parents complaining. "Why band? Isn't this sterotyping the children? The 'faster ones' in one class and the 'slower ones' in another class?" It isn't happening only in my girls' school but in most schools in Singapore.  And most of the time, the parents who complains have kids in the lower tier class (just like those parents who complain about the primary school registration process are the disadvantaged ones who can't register their kids in the sought-after schools) they slam the system and ask the Principal to abolish the whole thing.

Some parents in mei-mei's class haven't had the slightest idea yet. So I shall wait for the next In-Conversation with Principal.

So, is it necessary to band the children into classes? I have two girls with different strengths, so if I say YES I'm disadvantaging the lil' one. Che-che's forte is Math, she's able to process fast and see things in a wider perspective. As for the lil' one, she's too naive - believe every word you say. Even if I tell her I picked her up from the rubbish dump, she would believe me. 
Teaching lil' one -  I finish my sentence, she still looks at me blurly. I use other examples or methods, she don't understand. Needless to say, I usually lose my patience and flare up. 

Math + she + me = worst combination

As it is, I'm only handling one kid at a time and I can't take it. Can you imagine the poor teacher being thrown into a class of mixed ability? 

Needless to say too, the faster ones are pushed to the maximum,the slower ones are given just the minimum. Materials given in girls' school are different. Assigning of homeworks had always been thrown to us since P3. 

All I hope is the lil' one, by miracle, will be put into the same tier as her sister.  
 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Mini celebration .... Surprise!

Mei-mei was disappointed that she had to go for her ballet and Berries on her birthday. She declared "A free day doing nothing" but with her ballet exam coming up in Nov and I get laden-ed with extra homeworks when she miss a Berries class, I told her I can bring her out for lunch & dinner on her birthday. (Ha! She was convinced)    

I thought it would be boring for che-che and me to sing her a birthday song on her birthday so thought I'd surprise her with a small celebration in her ballet class. I sms-ed Miss Kathleen two days before or was it a day before?? (Omg! my memory's failing me!! I post-date my blog entry) Once approved, I quickly packed goodie bags for 7 kids. And prepared small insert to put in each cupcakes.  

Goodie pack : Mentos, Kit kat, bookmark 

Went over to 12 Cupcakes and bought Rainbow Vanilla. Bought a cake board from SKP to present the cupcakes.
Reached ballet studio earlier and began the job of taking out the small cards on each cupcakes and put mine. Stuck each cupcake container to the cake board just in case it topples 

Mei-mei didn't suspect a thing and was surprised when we walked into the studio. Smiling gleefully for the camera. 
And then distributed the goodie pack.... guess what my girl miscalculated the number of kids, I'm short of 2 (and short of 2 cupcakes coz' I had bought extras for Miss Kathleen, Sally and Jeremy) 

Here's wishing her a : Happy Birthday my little terror!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Aricia's 8th Birthday

Celebrated 2 days earlier in school, as MOE has declared her birthday an OFF DAY for her and .... the rests of the school. Hahaha! My lil naive girl really believed so when I told her.

This year I'm a little smarter, I stayed around the vicinity after dropping the girls off in school. I went into the school earlier too to decorate the table, after last year's rushed preparation I learnt my lesson. Recess is at 9.40am, I thought my 8.57am was early since I told baker to come around 9 to 9.15am, but when I walked to the canteen she was already there - infact half an hour early. She was so nice to help me arrange the place. Lovely cupcakes right?  

When I was doing the setup, the P5s were getting ready to leave for their LJ. And it's so funny that all these years I get kids asking me if I was selling them. I wonder if they ask every parents who celebrate their girl's birthday in school.....or maybe my setup is too exaggerated. 

There were two other celebrations and they all simply brought cake and display and that's it. No wonder they can come 5 mins before recess. Actually I shouldn't make life difficult for myself right? Next time I don't have to be so bothered.... oh but I think next year we can celebrate in our new place coz' we finally have a Clubhouse!!  
   
The set-up 

The girls



Birthday gal

Rushed home to put the extras in fridge


Aricia's birthday preparation

After the movie Frozen took Singapore by icy storm (pun intended) last November. it's no surprise that the lil' one wants it for her birthday theme her next birthday.
We would hear children in the malls singing "Do you want to build a snowman?" "Let It Go". It's really popular, I found myself humming to the tune and ..... I even play (and sing out) it on the way to pick the girls up from school. But I was worried if ten months down the road, the fad would die down. On the brighter side of things, it might be easier to find favors in Singapore.
Hmmm.... not really. Yes, there are Frozen items sold in Singapore. Water bottles, lunch boxes, cutlery sets. However it would cost a lot of $$ if I multiply by 30+ kids. I went online, China, to be exact to get everything from them direct instead of getting from middlemen. Smart move! I save a lot. The bags I ordered, I saved more $$ when I opted for the slowest mail. To play safe, since there was a 35 days lead time for delivery. I ordered the bags two months in advance. Can sail through the ocean and sea, rain or shine.. I wasn't in any hurry. Better still, I didn't have to run around Singapore trying to source for ideas. I'm getting old and weary of all these birthday preps that I want to take a seat back, the fingers can do the clicking.
These are the 4 designs the bags come in.
      
To keep things simple and didn't want to burn my brain cells thinking of what to pack, I decided to pack lesser stuffs in their goody bags this year. It would also ease the weight on che-che, who would be tasked to help her sister bring up to classroom on her birthday celebration day.
Each goody bag contains :
1) drawstring bag
2) personalized kit kat bar
3) personalized mini mentos
4) bookmark
5) marshmallow
The bags arrived end July and I started packing stuffs up within a week. Even before I could pack the Teacher's Day stuffs. Well, at least I can strike this off my TO-DO list

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Feeling bleh!

As I was packing the Teacher's Day gifts, I felt a tinge of sadness. It's probably going to be the last gifts I'm giving to the teachers in their school; my school. Is my fate with this school going to end next year? I know I am an IJ girl, always an IJ girl. Does che-che feel the same way as I do? Or is she too young to feel a sense of identity; a sense of pride? Six years, well at least longer than the time mei-mei is going to spend in the school - a mere 2+ years. 

I think I'm always the sentimental, 'can't have separation' person. Che-che had some good teachers who had taught her, she has two favourite teachers. One was her FT for 3 years, a very nice teacher. I'm not sure if she remembers all her students' parents coz' she taught a lot of girls, but she recognizes me. Maybe coz' my girl was always in Lala-Land in her class so she remembers her well. But why me? I don't think it's because of my presence in the school as a PV right? After all I've toned down in volunteering ever since I didn't have any helper. But I do see her in PP sometimes. 
The other teacher whom che-che favours is her Chinese teacher. Her teacher who went extra mile in helping her. 

Mei-mei likes her P1 FT too! Though her time is going to be short in the school, I'm sure she has many wonderful memories of the school. For eg. daring enough to approach the VP to borrow money. *slap my own head*

I had been volunteering on Teacher's Day (for the past 4 years. I didn't volunteer for 1 year when KZ just left and I had no one to help me pick the little one from Kindy) , a day when the teachers come to school late, where the classes are taken care by the PVs. This year would be my last.

Teacher's Day Appreciation Lunch - probably the last one for me too. 

I'm going to miss the school ; the teachers ; the blue pinafore. Oh yes, I remembered on her first day of school I didn't sing our National Anthem but sang the School Song. ?!?!?!?      

Monday, August 11, 2014

Busy Busy

Hubby left on 27th July and that makes me being on solo for 15 days. Tiring! A few days back I had this sharp pain on my head, so bad that I wanted to just do nothing but I couldn't...... as PSLE Oral was in less than a week. SCARY!!  In the end, I had to sacrifice Aricia's ballet and Berries on Friday so that I can rest at home. I napped for 30 mins when che-che was doing her work (good thing we got back home early as it was National Day Celebration in school) and the next nap of 1hr was when che-che had her tuition. Poor mei-mei grumbling away.

Although I'm used to this solo act, whether hubby's in Singapore or not, but I have no one to taichi to now. Usually on Fridays, he'd help me pick mei-mei up from Berries while I would have finished some chores. But now, I'm rushing through with no break in between. 

I guess I was so busy was also partially because I was preparing for Teacher's Day gifts, mei-mei's birthday goodie bags, and some of che-che's Children's Day gifts. All these are probably 自找麻烦 but I'm just so used to preparing stuffs for che-che's classmates during Children's Day, this would be the last gift from me. 
I had been sleeping at 2-3am, waking up at 5+ - 不头痛才怪!But I'm glad I've finished the Teacher's Day gifts and mei-mei's goodie bags within 10 labourious days.The Children's Day gifts preparation - just left with a little more thing to do and that's it. But that is like in 2 months time?? Hahaha! 
Perhaps wondering why the rush? Cause I needed to do more decluttering around the house, I can only do so when my mind is off from all those things. 

I haven't had proper sleep too, not when I have two horrendous SLEEPERS sleeping with me. After two nights, I gave up and asked one girl to sleep on the floor. Starting with the ------ Smallest size but occupy- so-much-space girl!! She likes to curl her body (foetal position) so either way she always makes me and hubby sleepless. And this girl likes to KICK and SLAP too! 不要看她小小只,她踢的时候很痛,她打的一把掌也很痛。Then when che-che sleeps with me, that King Kong girl roll to my side, I push her back she rolls back to me. 
Hmm..... I think the best solution would be me sleeping on the floor instead. I'll let them kick and punch and squash each other.     

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Spoilt for choice

Definitely spoilt for choice for International schools.

Although I was insistent in enrolling the girls in SSIS (Singapore curriculum), I was curious with the other choices right infront of the computer screen. Took me some time to read a few websites, reading some reviews from parents (some may even date back to 7 years ago. *gasp*)
And I wasn't even looking at location. However it seems that expatriates are clustered at Minhang and Pudong, and there are alot of schools there. If staying in Minhang, it takes around 30 or more horrid minutes getting stuck in Shanghai traffic (if my memory didnt fail me) to reach the city centre. 

American curriculum, British, Canadian, Hong Kong, European concepts etc.... Argh! I narrowed down to my preference to keep things easier.

I thought SSIS, so be it. I can bring some of che-che's stuffs over. I can buy assessment books and lull it to Shanghai (kiasu!) 
But somehow hubby managed to spot & bookmarked this SUIS. The curriculum seems interesting. Using Chinese Math ( but does that mean teaching Math in Chinese? If it is, my kids will mati) and me being too boh-liao had to link up to PISA. Wait a minute! Shanghai is ranked #1 in Reading, Math and Science. Sunny Singapore is #2. I think the Sun has burnt my brain! Just what was I thinking? Parents hated the silly stressed system and leave Singapore , and here I am considering to put my kids in #1 ranked in the world curriculum. 
Something else is tempting is 'Other language program' - there's Japanese!! I have kept some of my Japanese language stuffs, so unwilling to part with them.. It might be useful afterall!
I'm so tempted to fly to Shanghai to recce the two schools to check it out for myself during PSLE Marking Days. Most importantly the girls must like the school. Need to settle fast coz' there's a waitlist.

Shanghai United International School (Hongqiao)


Shanghai United International School Hongqiao is an IB school located in Minhang District.  SUIS is certified as an IB World School  using the Primary Years Program (PYP). SUIS Hongqiao is part of the Xiehe Education of bilingual schools across Shanghai. For the 2014-2015 school year, primary education averages 100,000 and secondary averages 120,000.


Early Years / Pre-K (ages 1-3)
Kindergarten (ages 3-6)
Primary Years (ages 6-12)   ¥ 100,000 *
Secondary Years (ages 12-18)   ¥ 120,000 *
Curriculum TypeBritish, Chinese, International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), Primary Years Programme (PYP)
School TypeLocal School With International Division
Established Year2003
Campuses6
Main LanguageEnglish
Chinese/English Bi-lingual Programme
Other Language ProgrammeFrench, Japanese
Average Class Size24
School Lunch
School Bus
Certifications
  • International Baccalaureate
Extracurricular ActivitiesArt, General Music, Golf, Dance
Competitive SportsAmerican Football
Financial Aid
University Guidance
Parent Association
* Price information on this website is for information ONLY, and not legally binding. Even though we try to keep our site updated, some schools might have changed their fees today.
- See more at: http://www.chalksmart.com/schools/Shanghai-United-International-School-Hongqiao.html#sthash.YcFDQBHv.dpuf

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Deed is Done

And so my girl went for her first DSA audition and interview.
Intimidating as it sounds, she was a little nervous. There were girls who came with their instruments, they are already in their primary school band. So that would put them in a better advantage than my girl who came with no instrument. Haha!  But the parents there, their kids from the same school, were really friendly.. Held decent conversations and I didn't felt any bitchiness. I'm not sure how it would be like if it's the elite of the elite schools. Maybe parents not talking to one another and giving the last words of advice. No pressure from me just told the girl to do her best.
I know she did. For that a pat on her back. WELL DONE, GIRL.

Friday, July 18, 2014

God Bless their souls and their families

Was at the computer when I read the news of MH17 crash. At first I thought it was some hoax news and looked at the webpage. "Yup! I'm on Yahoo news not Facebook." Reality sank in, gasped in horror. "Not again?" With MH370, there's that glimmer of hope that the passengers and crew are alive in some remote place. But wit MH17, it's confirmed.

Our lives are really in the hands of God. We can go any time; any where. So before we go, we must make sure that we show our love to our loved ones.

Differing theories, conspiracies etc etc.... Yah everyone can say what they want, suddenly everyone became a forensic expert, CIA etc.. What matters here is, the poor innocent lives lost. And what's left behind are anguish for the families. Time can never heal the pain of losing someone close to you.

SQ also took the same route. It could have been us, moreover SQ was 25km away.  
I'm certain crew who arrived back SIN on that CPH flight would be shaken after hearing the news. 

I remember when SQ met with that crash in Taipei, I was packing my cargo bag for a long haul flight the next day. Should I tell my mom I love her?
At Control Centre, the mood was sombre, alot of whisperings amongst crew. Even if we bumped into someone familiar, there's no laughing or loud exchange. We were asked if we were alright, if not we could step down from the flight. Whatever was the agenda in the station we were going, we still had to fly. Who's gonna get the work done? We step down from the flight and get on another flight, does that matters? But I'm sure the mood in MH is far worst.....

God Bless their souls. And pray for strength for their families