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.  


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.    

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Seeing stars

It’s been weeks since I managed to see the galactic sky as thick clouds had blanketed the sky. I think only once we managed to see the moon and Che-Che exclaimed “wow! I haven’t seen clear sky for quite some time.”

Last night, I checked on the sky condition and for the first time I saw 64% on my screen. Immediately took the time out to look from the PES. 

Aricia was able to see the dim Orion belt which I can't. 

Yay! Pray hard for more clear skies. 

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 : " 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

* 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