Friday, July 20, 2018

On This Day - 20th July #Reminders from FB#

20th July 2014
I wrote : OMG! So funny!

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20th July 2011

Chat bet KZ & Ari. KZ : wat do u 1? AuntyZet buy 4u. 
Lil'1 : I like anything u gimme (pause) 
Lil'1 : eh! Aunty Zet, u bd 1st. My bd in Sep, u in August. 
KZ : what r u buying 4 me?
Lil' girl : I'm going 2 放屁 (pass flatulence) in a bottle n give u. U see d bottle eh so pretty; so nice. U open it n smell n then n then u faint. ROFL!! Can't believe she actually said that!



Sunday, July 15, 2018

My familia - entry posted on 17th Jun #lateposting#

Had a funny thought about this family of mine. How noisy it is....when lil’ one is at home.

The thing they say about how a zodiac sign of a person can tell you generally what kind of person he/she is, is definitely true.

The head of the family, the man is a goatie. 
I’m a rabbit
Che-che is a horsie 
Lil’ one is a mad doggie. Haha! 

The 3 docile animals are happily grazing in the fields while the only mad sheepdog is running around barking (yakking) non-stop. 

On This Day - 15th July #reminders from FB#

July 15th, 2017 @ 2.10pm
I wrote "A game of badminton with daddy"


Making faces at daddy when she won. Then complained when she lost. Haha!

 Wow! I didn't know I managed to get this shot of the lil' Tigger

Actually she does show a little talent in badminton. Not talented in ballet, which she loves but surprisingly badminton. She asks to take up badminton as CCA in secondary school but with 3x a week commitment, I'm not sure if I should let her. Afterall, based on experience with che-che, so what if she was so committed in Band, when she had a biased teacher and ultimately she didn't want to try to DSA via Band, I find absolutely no use to be so fully committed in CCA.

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July 15th, 2016 @ 2.07pm
I wrote " Fridays are "打战” day. Always need to pack dinner for the lil' one. She comes back home later in the night with three bags (ballet, foodbag,tuition).
I gotta carry her heavy schoolbag home! I also 打战."



Ever since she stopped ballet sometime in late 2016, she saved so much time in trying to complete her school homework using that time. And this year, her schedule changed as I pulled her out from one centre to another with earlier timing. Still, she goes to 5.15pm (always up at 5pm) tuition with not much time in between after school ends at 3.40pm. This girl likes to dilly dally snacking in MacD so I'm smarter by packing her food to let her eat in the car on the way to Parkway. After tuition ends at 7.15pm, she gets down at around 7.30 to 7.35pm (busy lifts!!), we reach home late and she's always rushing through homeworks. Shit! I hate this life!!  
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July 15th, 2011@ 12.16pm
I wrote " Camping scene every Fridays : 
Lil' girl doing her school homework after her lunch. After this, she'll sleep in the car until I drive in to pick up Che-Che."

In 2011, che-che would be Primary 3. She has no CCA on Fridays coz she was in a niche CCA which has sessions on Tuesdays. She ends school at 1.10pm, lil' one ends school at 11.30am so it didn't make any sense for me to go home and then go out to Marine Parade again. Anyway, what is that (I think) $1+ to $2 parking fee in a sheltered MSCP compared to rushing about. 
Life was so much easier than. Especially with school life. 
Things get horribly busy the older the child gets.   



Friday, June 29, 2018

1st Open House - TKGS - drafted on 28th May #lateposting#

Open houses are meant for visitors an access to a secondary school, tertiary school and learn more about it. Open houses provide students with a unique opportunity to get information so they can decide whether or not to apply to the school. In lil' one's case, she is only keen in this school. And honestly...... I pray really hard that she 梦想成真。Looking at her grades now...... she gotta work really hard for it.

Ideally, it's best to go to schools' OH when child is in Primary 5. Reason being, some schools hold their OH on the same day, and it's not really possible to go to 2 or 3 in a day. Some parents I heard are super kiasu - they bring their kids there in Primary 4. 
But we didn't go any last year coz of her tuition. In che-che's time, we went RGS, (not that she was able to make it there but it was a good inspiration push for her to work harder) NYGH (I wanted to see the school and took the opportunity since I've got a pawn ticket - her!), Cedar (was her dream school. And I have to remind you that we or rather I told hubby if he wanted to find a new house, to get it somewhere along the NE line. What a stupid idea from me. In the end, she couldn't even make it there. Very sad, she was so confident.), PLMGS too when we went for the DSA talk. Lil' one was all so excited when I told her about TKGS OH [well she better make sure it's not 'dreaming  of the school' dream school]. Made a switch for her Math tuition to another day.

Saw so many familiar faces, a lot of KCP girls go over TKGS. Bumped into S, my long time friend and R, another KCP PV whose older daughter is in the school.   



She was keen in their Badminton CCA. Lo and behold, practice is 3x a week!! I'm already grouching with che-che's twice a week Band CCA. The only CCA I checked with once a week is Girl Guides. 
She played with the seniors and I'm quite impressed with this girl. Even though she aint that fantastic but she was better than what I expected. I expected her to play badly too coz' she was in slippers but she was still alright in the game.

With another tuition in the afternoon, we left the school at 12plus.  

I sincerely hope after the visitation, she feels motivated to work even harder and not be so slackish in her answering techniques. 
Or shall I be more gangho and buy her a set of uniform to hang it up? Haha! That's what I did..... I still have that Cedar Girls uniform nicely packed at home.  

#thisgirlneedsmorepowerfulprayers#  

Saturday, June 9, 2018

School hols

Sometimes I love school holidays; sometimes I hate it. Probably one of the reason that I love school holidays is that there are ample parking spaces for me. 
Did it mean that 70% of the  "car population" come from the parents sending their kids for tuitions? 

At any time, I'm sure some would have left the country for a vacation. However the change is relatively obvious. 

Usually on Fridays, I'll be lucky if I can get a parking lot on the third level in the multi-storey carpark. And on Saturdays, I'll need to go all the way up to Level 7 in Parkway. Now, I'm able to even park on the second level and 5th level!! 

9th June - the date today. Second week of school holidays and it does seem long and draggy. Not that I'm complaining.... but I'm not looking forward to Term 3 either.    

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Reminders - Che-che

12th Sep 2013 

Something never changes, still happening.

The 'unstoppable' girl. Finding ways to sneak in her reading time. "Ay! Ah girl ah...mummy walk out awhile u pretend stop ur work n read the book." 

I spend all my time sitting down next to her when she's doing work to "Call her back". She gets distracted so easily. Lil' one on the other hand is more disciplined. I am able to quickly run to do housework knowing that she'll be seated down doing her work. But ....... lil' one is not as smart as che-che. Quite pitiful right?

Missing our Miss Subaru

On Jan 19th, 2014 we said goodbye to "my car", a trusty companion for 6 yrs. Miss Subaru endured the kids bopping up/down in the car, had aliens in the car. But with Miss Subaru, she made me a little smarter in parallel parking and was able squeeze into any small impossible lots. 


Parked alongside hubby's car for the last time. I hope the new owner takes good care of it. 
Bye bye my Little Miss Subaru.

Since then, we were back to having just one car- Nissan. Few months later, hubby went over to Shanghai for work. Then when he came back to Singapore in 2016? He went to buy a small second car for himself to commute to work.
Soon, next year Nissan will reach it's decade age. For the first time, we kept a car this long. Usually the car will be with us for 4years before the value depreciates even more but ... I guess prices were too high. 
Hubby asked lil' one what car she wanted. "7 - seater!!" she exclaimed. She requested for Nissan and he obliged her. Wah! He listens to her huh?

On this day - 5th June #reminders from FB#

5th June 2014 @ 11.03am
I wrote : "She never stop smiling. I think she'll be so so so tired... Couldn't sleep last night; woke up early at 5+ and she did her work in the studyroom; jumping around the whole morning."

 *It's not fair! I'm the one spending late nights marking scripts; printing stuffs etc.. I should be the one going for holiday right? 
Che-che and me sent them to the airport. After which we went back home and continued mugging for prelims and exams. Honestly, I'm beginning to hate this shit. Singapore education system SUCKS BIG TIME!!

5th June 2014 @ 11.14am -still at the airport
I wrote : " Never leave packing to the kids!!!
1) Make up for herself 😱??
2) Piglet (which is che-che's toy)"


5th June 2014 @ 7.59pm
I wrote : "On FaceTime : sharing her chocolate with me."


*Friends noticed the sulky face. Sad right? I know some kids still have time to travel but not for our case. I also dunno why they're always 不够时间复习. This year - 2018 - the cycles begins again.*

5th June 2015 @ 10.24pm
I wrote : "Eating n waiting. 
Off to see daddy soon!"

 * Che-che was in Sec 1. Lil' one P3. So although there was school homeworks to be done, it was manageable. Brought some work over to do. They looked forward to seeing daddy soon. Daddy will get to hear her incessant chatters (which drove me up the wall daily). Bringing this girl out is really troublesome. She's always so hungry!*

5th June 2015 @ 10.32pm
I wrote : "  I must change my address for taxi booking. We had a good laugh earlier on when I put my phone on speaker n automated response went "Blk .... Punggol ... rubbish chute."

*Is this the best age to travel for kids? It's easy to handle them but ..... they were good travellers when they were younger too! 
Except - for the troublesome lil' one, likes to be carried one second; next second wants to be put down; makes noise; climbs on me; pulls me hair; looks behind and play with strangers; yank my earphone off; throw everything away.   
Che-che has always been so well-behaved since 7months. Ask her to sleep; she sleeps. Wake her up to eat; she eats. Hmm.... made me wonder if she was a gong-kia. Haha!
Anyway, it's easy to just let them sit together while I sit on aisle seat. And then they fight (they fight over everything! Lil' one don't give chance while che-che tries to ignore her to cut short the fight; lil' one starts taunting again). I don't really bother to feed them to eat, just nag at them. Then I sleep. Hmm.... not need to prepare hot milk, put kid in bassinet to sleep.*     

Monday, June 4, 2018

On this day - 4th June #reminders from FB#

4th June 2014 
I wrote : "All packed and ready to go"

* had to keep reminding her to hold daddy's or mama's hand tight tight. Cannot let go and run around, later get kidnap.
She's excited to "take aeroplane" without mummy. I think she will enjoy better without me coz' no one to nag at her. I'm jealous. I truly deserve the break. Maybe I should travel on my own next year once lil' one is in secondary.* 

Sunday, June 3, 2018

On This Day - 3rd June #Reminders from FB#

3 June 2016 @ 10.36pm

 I wrote : "Hasn't done this for quite a while already"

*apparently it seems, only che-che likes this kind of crafty stuffs. Coz' she's the firstborn so I get to do alot of things with her. When lil' one is at her young age, I would have started on academics with che-che, so she's not exposed as much as her elder sister. 

*Somehow I'm surprised how the Japanese do these. Che-che being greedy, would eat some of the cuttie food. *
  

Saturday, June 2, 2018

On this day - 2nd June #reminders from FB#

2nd June 2011 - (Thursday) @ 8pm
 I wrote : "Wah.....how come so many school HW? ARGH!!!!"

* Che-che would have been P3 then. The workload came in and nothing has changed over the years except that the questions are getting tougher and tougher each year*


2nd June 2013 - (Thursday) @ 10.03pm
I wrote : "Lil' one's travel journal for today. Huh? So short?!"



I wrote : " Read her previous journal entry. Her sequence is all jumbled up. 我读了都头痛。"

* she still writes this way. Reading her school compo is akin to reading a movie trailer, sequence going back and forth. * 

2nd June 2014 - (Monday) @ 12.16pm
I wrote : "Can't believe it! M now waiting here to pick Aricia up. Queuing to drive in. ??? School holiday also like the usual. ?!??

* And comments by Angeline followed* 
Angeline Lee Yan Chin : Supplementary class?
Lily Ann Teo : Angeline, it was practically like the whole school was here
Angeline Lee Yan Chin : Wow,that's very on!
Lily Ann Teo Different stuffs for different levels.

2nd June 2014 - (Monday) @ 2.31pm
I wrote : "#10 - Teacher laughed at the patterns she drew inside. She remarked "Wow! Can see she's vy academic kind, she drew 、“ ” + - 。x divide !" 
That's y it took me so long to convince her to try Art class, rather I kinda dragged her there n she has no choice. She's always looking forward to her class now. 
Hmmm....On closer look, I saw one equation sum. Hahaha!"

2nd June 2017 - (Friday) @ 12.20pm
I wrote : " Travel photo albums : THEN and NOW. 
We used to pay that cheap for Morro Bay?!
Yah, last time I really plan down to details itinerary. Then when I organize albums, I'd retype and put words below photos. Somehow over the years I got lazier, and just cut out from my itinery planning stack (which is binded up before every trip)
Also, there wasn't any GPS then. I had to plan driving routes. When hub was driving, I had to navigate; collect toll tickets and prepare monies when due for collection. Navigator need to have map and calculator and ruler. Coz sometimes get questioned, how long more? Lucky thing my maths still can make it lor!

*I remember this as if it just happened yesterday. Time flies by too quickly. Last year, I told her she'll have this last June to really enjoy herself coz next year she'd be mugging her books in preparation for Prelims and PSLE. The girls wanted to see where we went to before and they were looking forward to the Dec holidays. Holiday is long over, we've been grinding our brains for the past 6 months."   

I did warn her about the bears in Yosemite. She didn't believe
 I can't believe I actually put this in!! Now she believes me, we try to imagine her running with food in her hand (the always hungry girl) with the bear chasing after her..

Still the same way of putting my pictures. Will take up on the average 2 albums coz must stick pamphlets and ticket stubs etc... Just then now, it's all not bulky.

2 June 2017 - (Friday) @ 12.29pm
I wrote : " Now Aricia Ting is flipping thru the album and said not fair che-che gets to 'narrate her travels'."


So silly of me..

 The youngest tour guide

Then I realized she has no licence, and was finding excuse to dump her somewhere.

2nd June - (Friday) @ 9.49pm
I wrote : " The girls are travelling around the world on their own
#travelwithoutpassport#"

* This would be the 2nd year in running that we did not travel during the June holidays. We dropped by ToysRUs earlier on while waiting for lil' one to finish her tuition.


 The poorest traveller
#gotenufmoneytobuyfoodornot#

Monday, May 28, 2018

Such school life!!

Sitting in the carpark waiting for che-che.

I see primary kids leaving the school. They look big so could be P6s. I saw girls streaming into the school, either for CCA or classes, after the papers are over.

Such school life!!

Timeline

First day of school holiday

First GCE O’ Level Paper 📝 - Chinese


First time after 3+ years, this encouragement card goes on the table. She used to keep it in her drawer immediately in the morning, now she left it on the dining table and made her way out of the house. It’s 6.50am now; she needs to be in school by 7.20am. 

I was the one who sent her to school that time (P6) together with her friend who lives in Sengkang, making a stop at the temple opposite her house to pray every morning before every paper. Now daddy sends her to school, without making the trip to the temple coz will be making a roundabout trip. I might go abit later before sending lil’ one for her workshop at 9.30am in Marine Parade.

Her breakfast this morning with her usual vitamins & a card. Haha! A bit burnt the bread. I don't mean to ask her to "burn" her papers.
 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

My home the National Geographic

My goodness! Ever since I’ve moved here, I’ve seen countless of insects. Weird ones too!

Let me start from the very beginning.

>  I had more roach intruders than in my previous home of 13yrs. Tho’ the last time I had one small one was months months ago.

> I scream “lizard!!” more than ever. Tho’ lizzie are friends but I hate the idea of having another family prying into my privacy. It’s a conflicting emotion when I see lizard. If I don’t see it, it could be feasting on whatever crawlies came into our house unspotted. If I see it, means there’s no buffet left and they’re looking for food outside or .... perhaps hinting to me “yo woman. I smell food in your house.” Whatever it is, I will try to get rid whenever I see one. As I’m speaking, there’s one lurking somewhere in che-che’s room or maybe caught between window and mosquito netting. Tried to get rid of it, but it went missing after I came back with my peppermint spray. Why is it so difficult to remove lizard? Why no spray to kill them?  

> I have housefly flying into my house when I’ve done heavy cooking and not yet cleaned the kitchen and air out the kitchen. (Rosemary oil to do the last cleanup after the scrubbings. And a fan positioned into the kitchen with sliding windows to dining area closed to blow out the stale air into the opened up yard area. It's so troublesome! That's why sometimes I really hate to cook.) 

> For the past months, I’ve been cursing at the big black ants 🐜 taking my house as their holiday chalet. 

> With plants outside the PES, needless to say the little creatures need food too. I’ve chopped off leaves with slight sight of aphids. I’ve killed countless of lime caterpillars in my I thought it was some chinese orange plant. Though last week lil’ one decided she wanted some pets. Haha! Got 6 of them. One is in chrysalis stage.
http://butterflycircle.blogspot.sg/2011/11/life-history-of-lime-butterfly-v20.html?m=1

> I’ve seen the weirdest disgusting things till I found out they were earwigs in the yard area. I found the best solution for intrusion  - covering the drain covers with sticky tapes - that reduced the number of crawlies I vacuumed up or killed.
> Late last week, saw and caught one big insect, which I found out later is the weaver ant queen. It was walking real slowly and reckoned injured coz otherwise it wouldn’t be so easy to catch it (not with my hands). The Queen! I got the Queen! And with the Queen, I bet there must be a nest somewhere with the plants outside my compound. When I caught it into a container, I managed to catch 2 other big black ants 🐜 that sneakily came in from the PES. There were 3 of them in the container and strangely they minded their own business which I thought that perhaps they’re not related. Coincidently, the next day someone posted in Urban Farmers FB page about this and that’s how I know it’s the Weaver ant queen. Best solution to get rid of ants is to get rid of the Queen 👑 . 

Oh great! What an adventure I’ve had so far without venturing through amazon-y 🌳. While I do not want to have chemical laden insecticide in my house, I guess I have no choice but to go down to the pest buster shop one day. I really need to get rid of the irritating black 🐜. 

Oh! Heard there were sightings of snakes and rats and monitor lizard in our compound before. Scary isn’t it? Worry snake come into the house ; worry snake gets into the sewage and gives us a nice surprise to our butt when we 💩 poo. 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

The last time we ....

spent some time together without stress Okay, I’m joking on the “without stress” part coz Che-che’s Chinese O’levels Paper is on 28th May (9 days time) and lil’ one is ehh....quite behind her revision. I feel the urgency was in December. 

Our Saturdays routine is usually just me bringing lil’ one for her tuition back at Parkway at noon after her first tuition in the morning at Punggol. Che-Che follows me sometimes but if the man is in town, he’d be at home. After tuition ends at 4pm, we go back home with packed dinner. 

Today, the man decided to bring the girls for a movie after lil’ one’s tuition. It’s a welcome change that Parkway has a cinema after all these years!
We watched a movie together after so many many months later. Or maybe it was a year ago?

So, when will we ever go back to the carefree days of going out and relaxing with no worries about exams; school homeworks piling up at home? Sigh..... this is the thing that our children go through now. We used to be so carefree when we were of schooling age. 

#ourataseducationsystem# 

Difficult

It’s not easy planning a detailed intensive revision schedule for lil’ one for June holidays. Everytime I look at the calendar and the things she needs to cover for each subjects, I get so fused up and end up doing something else instead. Hmm....like for example —- THIS! I’m blogging instead.
You might think “it’s easy what, just plan. What’s so difficult?”
Yes, indeed it looked easy as I printed out the calendar and list down the things she needs to revise. That’s just the easiest part - REALLY!

A few factors to consider.
1) She needs to be back in school for supplementary classes (3x)
2) TLL - her science tuition centre organised additional (2x)
3) Student Leadership Camp - for the school leaders? (2x) haven't received anything from school yet
4) Her on-going tuitions

I tried not to have any holiday PSLE booster though I think many others are stepping up signing for courses for the last minute dash to PSLE. I'm doing the opposite, I used to like to sign them up for classes during the school hols but now every seconds; minutes is so precious to me. 
BUT my dear girl insisted to be signed up for Booster class for Chinese.  I'm like “chinese is your forte. What the heck you’re going for chinese? Go for other subjects lah!”

It’s like plan also must do right?  Cannot plan then cannot finish, keep pushing back. Which happens all the time!! So all the planned work to be covered have to be realistic. Is she able to cover 100 pages of work when she had already spent half the day in school? Not possible. 

真是的!我迫不期待 PSLE is over and done with.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Tulips

Since the cherry blossoms made way for Tulips on 13th April, I have been to Flower Dome 3 times to date. Too many times; too free? On the contrary no. When I need that well deserved break from all the shit and feeling so bloody depressed, I'll declare no housework for the first half of the day and just immerse myself to the flowers. Beautiful, quiet. Somehow it helps to cheer me up, boost up my mood and lessen my iritability before dealing with more shit. 

13th April (Fri)
Stepped into the conservatory at 9am sharp. 

The early risers are mainly the pros. They bring their tripod with them, most of them with just one lens (unlike me. I lugged both lens out and was changing it all the time like one stupid joker) 

*Please bear with the photos sequencing in this post. Seemed to have jumbled up as I loaded the pics here and I have problem editing the html so I will leave it as it is. 

There were around 4 cherry blossoms trees left in the conservatory which surprised me. I thought they'd remove all the trees but I'm happy! Coz/ I never tire from looking at the blossoms.

As it was brought in just a day ago, the tulips are mostly closed, with some peeking at their new environment. 


 Fushcias. I love the ballerinas, but they're not easy flowers to care.


 Look at the beautiful colours. Can they be here for a longer period of time?  

 Muscari - blue, urn-shaped flowers resembling bunches of grapes in the spring.
 Some kind of lavender. No scent at all. 


 Not sure what colour are the tulips as they remain tightly closed. Too shy?  


Che-che's favourite Daisy (Commonly called Shasta Daisy or scientifically read with a mouthful Leucanthemum x superbum)





"I'm taller than you"

 Adenium. How is it they can flower so nice here? And mine always don't seem to survive?







 Amaryllis
The crowds came in at 10. So basically I had one hour of "taking my time to appreciate the flowers". Snapping the pictures do take some time. At least I have that quiet moment by myself without anyone photo-bombing me with their outstretched hands or legs 


 Perspiring? 
For the record, I took 541 shots!! Every picture is nice (coz the models are pretty) and it's really difficult to put all the pictures in here.

18th April (Wed) - A last minute trip down with the girls. Didn't bring my bulky camera so have to make do with my lousy iphone. Oh! Che-che took with her iPhone 8 and the outcome are so much better. I took the chance and joined as a member, so I can come and go whenever I need to.   

The boxed displays change position? Or did they plant in new ones?    






 This is different! They didn't have any flowers 5 days ago in this 'fountain'. I remember at that time I saw two plastic boxes hidden in one corner with some hyacinth and joked with a staff nearby "they couldn't plant it in in time for the 9am opening". But really thankful for the staffs to put in the night work to let us enjoy the flowers.   



 A picture of the girls

10th May (Thu) - it's been almost a month since I went. Things had been really hectic, either one of them have exam and I make more trips to and fro Marine Parade and home as some days che-che returns home after her papers at 9+, 10+ these 2 weeks.  Took a morning break (and slogged later in the afternoon)
Love the outcome of these pictures. DSLR really gives sharp and vibrant colours.
"A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone. It doesn’t struggle to be different than a rose. It doesn’t have to. It is different. And there’s room in the garden for every flower."
by Marianne Williamson



Daisies "Sedia" - vying for the sunlight



Pollen grains on a white lily






















See the cutesy aphid? But if this is on my plant, it will DIE!


I'm relatively pleased with the pictures I took today, definitely not as much as the first time but more than the second time. I took the advice of a pro photographer I met on 13th April "taking pictures of what I really want", so I brought only the 70-250mm lens with me.