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. 


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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. 
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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 

Saturday, March 2, 2019

On This Day - 2nd Mar #Reminders from FB#

2nd Mar 2018
3yrs 2mthsof fun time.
And it's the swansong for now with the school Band. Sobs sobs
#emomummy# #nomorefangirling# #athena我永远支持你# *blow whistles*

2nd Mar 2009
OMG! See this girl's grouchy look.

Charming girl, isn't she? 她的眼睛很迷人



My cute star. Autograph anyone? 我的小可爱


2nd Mar 2015

2nd Mar 2014
The girls missed this ramen which we bought from Hokkaido. Managed to find it online. Served them with matcha adzuki ice cream
#veryjipunstyle# 


2nd Mar 2011
My silly girl



Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Haven't cooked mee hoon kueh

for the longest time. I'm only able to cook this today coz' I didn't have to pick lil' one up from school after her CCA. So was able to dish up and get it ready on the table the moment she steps into the house. With this temporary arrangement, I'm also able to juice drinks fresh for them. 
Hmm............. makes me want to do this once in a while - get her to take bus home herself - so I can free my time up. 

As you can see from this dish, there's no sight of greens at all. My girls are carnivores.   
Simple food to satisfy them. They usually ask for extra helpings when I cook this. 

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Living without a car

(in my case) in small easily accessible Singapore is inconvenient. Maybe I'm just too spoilt after having a car freely at my disposal for the past 16-17 years.

While Singapore is linked by every possible ways with efficient bus and train network, the thought of the slow commute under the hot sun made me think twice about going on public transport. (ok, I'm spoilt) Though there are possible things that I can do in the bus - sleep, check emails, phone housekeeping etc.. I think I still prefer to save the time. I will be more healthy since i need to walk to the bus stop from home but under the hot sun? 

Though we are not entirely handicap without one, we still have hubby's car. However, there are days when he need the car to get to his ulu workplace.
It's not like I do amazing race across the island when I had the car but there are days when I need to run my errands and I am so restricted.   

How did we ever come to such situation? It started coz' we had to scrap Mr Nissan in mid Jan, so in October last year we went to the motor fair to look for a new car. Auto Germany, the agent for Opel, couldn't even deliver the car in 6 bids. That means something is wrong right? We bought so many cars before and this is the first time such incident arose. I was so skeptical that the price for the car was so low for what hubby claimed to be, the price is like 20K cheaper than original price. Perhaps it was a hunch. Hubby posted a negative comment on their FB page and received message from a stranger. Seems like she's in touch with some people who are stuck without getting their refund back. So is Auto German a dishonest agent?

But -- for a SAHM, my job was to chauffeur the kids from school and I couldn't even do it. Sure, it was nice to just stay at home and get lunch ready on the table the moment the girls reached home. It was nice that I didn't have to leave house halfway to pick them. Sure, it takes only 35- 40mins to reach home, which is reasonably not too bad. But with the car, they can have their meals in the car. Reach home slightly earlier than when taking bus and immediately they can shower and have more time for doing their homework/s, revision or whatever nots.     

26th Jan - we went down on a car-hunt and got a car. Hopefully we can get the car by April. 

** update on 23rd Feb - we're getting our new Honda car soon. 

Sunday, February 10, 2019

HOLIDAY 2019

It’s 2 months into 2019 and our tickets has been booked for our year-end holiday. It helps that we know where we are headed for the year. 

Yay! USA here we come!

Shouldn’t leave decision to the child because she will repeat the same destination. Che-che likes San Francisco and LA so much that she wants to go again but I prefer to travel somewhere else. Well, at least somewhere where they've never been to - midwest. East is not a bad idea too for first timer lil' one. In the end, she did heed our advice when hubby suggested to add Seattle into the road trip where "Starbucks began from there. Don't you both like Starbucks?" 
San Diego, San Jose, Sacramento, Catalina Island. Hmm.... sounds so ambitious to want to go so many places. Not forgetting National Parks. 

This time, I should do my research on astrophotography sooner and get the settings right. Maybe have more time to save up on another lens? Perhaps a 200mm or more f/2.8 lens? So that I can zoomed into the sky and hopefully get nebulas. Tripod is a must, I'm glad I bought a better and sturdier tripod. I opened up the FOC Olympus tripod that was meant for compact camera in Grand Canyon, wanting to use it with my DSLR but we should be thankful that the tripod didn't tip over the canyon with the strong wind. With us armed with more knowledge on constellations, we should do a better job in identifying the sparkly stars this time. 

I should think we have more time to plan this trip right? I'm not supposed to be helping out lil' one is any work now that she's in secondary level so I guess I'm able to free up more time. 
    

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Ang Ang

I should make more effort to decorate house for CNY . See friends do so nice with all the 好余头  things they put in house. Pomelos, red flowers, pussywillows etc.. As red as possible, I don't put alot around the house so maybe that's why we're down on luck.
Been wanting to make angpow lantern but I never got the time to do it.

Sometimes also tempted to cook longan drink or make yuan for auspicious meaning. See friend cook nian gao and serve kueh lapis, I don't. Normally we get packed breakfast from outside. Cooking for the girls pose a big hurdle as they are super fussy about food.  

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Posting results is OUT

I prayed that she could get into the school of her choice. Usually with school selection using the previous year's COPs is like gambling and having risks involved. You wouldn't know if the COP is going to increase or decrease. Moreover with 4 JCs merged, I wasn't sure if the other JCs are going to increase their intake. So we gotta to strategize properly. 

I didn't expect the posting results to be out so soon. I thought results would be sent out at 9am but I got the message at 6+. I couldn't break the news to che-che who is still sound asleep but told hubby about it. 

I am pleased that she got into her first choice. (She was very confident though coz her score is much lower than the previous year's COP.)    

She's happy. However 2 of her friends didn't get their first choice. Sobs! She'll be alone.

Reporting to JC tomorrow. Luckily I had kept one set of uniform for keepsake. I had totally forgotten about her required to wear secondary school uniform for reporting and orientation and had donated back to the school the rests of it. *bleh*  

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

On This Day - 30th Jan #Reminders from FB#

30th Jan 2011
Exhausted! I'm rotating between 2 girls. Damn! Gotta do work; gotta sit down on piano; gotta take after their shit! And I'm so bloody jealous! My helper gets the rest but I don't!! 
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30th Jan 2013

Am I a bad mummy??
Last year, when we had to make our option for P5, che-che has been telling me she wants to do HMT. Teacher recommended 4S, I put down 4S for her. I have my reasons for not letting her take HMT, I wasn't sure she could cope too. She sulked. I wasn't even supportive and encouraging her.


This year, especially after every Chinese enrichment class, she harps on it and keeps telling me she really wants to try. How? Am I a bad mummy? I'm suppose to encourage her but instead I discouraged her. And she seems to have the drive to want to try.
How? How? How?


Footnote in 2019: Apparently Chinese is one subject she's always struggling in. Scoring a C5 for her O's and she didn't want to re-attempt the second time. I doubt the extra one month of tuition can do anything better for her too if she's not working hard enough.
Did that move in 2013 make her hate Chinese more? 
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30th Jan 2014 
"Mummy, not fair! How come this is the Horse year? I want it to be my Dog year."
It will be your year in 4 years time... (bleh! PSLE year for her then)

@ 10.40am
It's so b#%^*! HOT! Waiting for the girls along MParade Road. Ooh..... I haven't done this kind of fugitive, waiting in the car thing for so long and I don't miss it.

Footnote in 2019 - Yes! That was something that I dreaded but sometimes due to practicality I had to do it. Gone are the days of waiting in the car. However as it is still early, che-che's school is yet to be known so I'm not sure if I need to camp out. Tuitions have put on hold, so things are looking good. Hopefully lil' one don't need any tuition so I don't have to camp in Parkway Parade anymore   

@ 1.33pm
This is going to be a miserable CNY. So what if we have a long weekend? I see the amount of homeworks already pengsang.

Footnote in 2019 - Yup! That was the dreadful PSLE year 

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30th Jan 2015 
@ 3.15pm
At pool - Girl didn't know I was standing there and she was negotiating with the coach on the number of bubbles she had to blow. After some time she realised I was standing there and gave me her sweetest smile.
I pointed her out to coach. Before I could say anything, coach commented "this girl ah.....she can swim." Haha! Picha-lobang (the truth is out)

Footnote in 2019 - If only she can put her brains to better use, like in her studies

@ 4.13pm
Poor girl .... 20mins power nap in between swim and ballet. Wah.... at least she gets a nap. I get none.
* she's snoring, can't bear to wake her up
Footnote in 2019 - Fast forward 4 years later, it's a different ballgame altogether. I don't think she'll have the chance to nap in such a way coz it's either I have to send her home immediately or only have 10mins wait before picking che-che up. 

Saturday, January 26, 2019

On this day - 26 Jan 2011 & CNY prep

Then ---> In 2011 : I could find the time to bake. These bottles (plus another half bottle not shown in this picture) took me one full day of work. Working from 9am to 2.30pm. Picked che-che. 2nd shift - from 4.30pm to 5.30pm.

Then, I had KZ working for me. If I'm not wrong, I tasked her to help me pick lil' one up from kindy so I didn't have to leave house halfway. I didn't have to cook or do any housework which takes up alot of my time now. 

Che-che used to like this. But she doesn't seem to like it the last 5 years or so. I didn't bake for this year's CNY. My family don't really eat alot of CNY goodies, we often end up discarding them & have rotten oranges (even when we hardly buy a box, we only have like 6-8 oranges for standby at home) after 6-7 days.  

CNY PREPARATION
Anyway, as the year progresses, CNY is more like a day for my girls to do their school/ tuition homeworks. This year feels "lighter" though (last year was hell with both PSLE and O'level kid), one Sec 1 blur sotong still discovering the new subjects while I look from afar, and the highly neglected older kid since I can't do any academic stuffs with her.    

CNY plants
I didn't bother to buy any new plants since I kill them faster than them sprouting new babies.

CNY spring-cleaning
As with previous years, I don't specifically spring-clean my house just for CNY coz I clean my house all the time. However, this is like the only time hubby would help to bring down the heavy curtains to be cleaned. 

CNY goodies
Just buy! There's no need to save $$ on fried crab sticks this year. I told her I wasn't going to waste my time doing this. The girls dropped by Kim Choo on their own, she bought 2 big bottles of keropok which she finished even before lil' doggie wriggles its way out for Miss Piggy, filial her bought 1 bottle of chiku and 虾米 fried mini springroll for me. I've always liked Julie's chocolate rolls, still thinking if I should get a small tin for myself.   

Mini makeover
Che-che asked for a new colour for her room. And the smartest thing this lazy mother did was to taichi the job back to her. We went Ikea on a school day and she chose her new study table, chair and side table from Ikea. Went back home, she fixed everything herself. Not bad for a 16 yr-old
Painting : Even though I claimed that I wasn't going to help her with anything, I ended up helping her paint the corners, all she needed to do was to roll the paint over the walls. Sounds easy right? But I must admit it's no easy task. Painting nails and brushing eggwash on pineapple tarts are so much easier. The end result is a room half-heartedly painted BUT she likes it this way, says it creates some artistic look. I was further reassured what she meant by artistic when I realized we have missed out painting one whitened wall.  Haha! This is my girl. My 16 yr-old girl. Honestly, I think she did a good job coz other kids at this time would choose not to laze around, she chose to do a mini-makeover to her room. 
Mom did ask me why the rush to paint the room. That's because we needed to drill 2 sticks onto the wall to hold the racks and I told her we need to paint the walls first before it's up not after. 
This new room will be ready for her new milestone - her tertiary education life.         

Friday, January 25, 2019

又有钱拿了

Edusave Awards Ceremony at our function room. This time they have refreshments for the recipients and their family. Mom and dad came for their free meal. Haha! It was unintentional. I didn't want them to know..but it's planned this way I guess. I had asked for dad to come over to fix stuffs in the morning, and last minute he told me he would come in the evening.
Che-che was sulking coz' she didn't want to go for the ceremony BUT she wanted the money. #moneyfacegirl#

And she was like "No way I'm going to sit in the front few rows." So we sat right at the back out of spotlight.

Sigh...... what's with the mispronunciation? Is 'Athena' that hard to pronounce?


我正在祈祷小妞不要在李先生的面前拉着长脸似乎我们欠她。这次她带着灿烂的笑容 - 可能看在钱的份上吧!

幸好这次她不是第一获得者, 我们还有时间筹备相机


恭喜你了, 小妞。 希望您在初级学院再接再厉, 突出好成绩来!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Just let me daydream

Would love to travel to unknown places - small little towns - that are not indicated in guidebooks. Probably take a train and then alight somewhere and then start discovering places on my own. 
Off the beaten tracks but that would mean I need loads of money to travel. I can stinge on food - sure. I always love to snack on the go when I travel. I can sleep in a decent place, I don't need 5* hotels. That said perhaps I should try and stay in a hostel with che-che (she looks like the more adventurous kind)

I've said this upteen times. So when am I really travelling on my own? Easier said than done I guess. 

考试快快完 - drafted on 1st Oct 18 #lateposting#

I had been clearing her stuffs from the bookshelf subjects by subjects. And her boxes are emptied. Yay! One more paper tomorrow and ...... yippee! 

 http://athenamummy.blogspot.com/2014/10/cleaning-up.html

There are so many things I would want to pick up where I had left off. 
1) Reading : as much as I love to read (think che-che got this from me), the only thing I've been reading is their primary text and stuffs. I've bookmarked a few books that I'd love to read ranging from the Holocaust to Roald Dahl. Haha! You didn't read wrongly. I really meant the kids' RDahl books coz I've never read more than half of the books that was passed down from che-che to lil' one. Che-che has bought some interesting books the past 2-3 years, to make it more worth the money spent (tho' she does re-read her books over and over again) perhaps I shall pick up some books from her. 
2) Baking / Jelly : The domestic goddess side of me had turned into an evil academia witch for the past years. It's time that I can pick up my baking and whatever nots coz' I don't have to sit next to lil' one from next year onwards. She's on her own!
3) Cooking : Not that I'm so into cooking but I guess I have more time to do healthier cooking? Like maybe make my own luncheon meat, ramen, ice-cream, bread. I miss the smell of freshly baked bread. 
4) Tidying her bookshelf : I've been clearing her stuffs from the bookshelf progressively. After the  exams, I can really dispose the items here and in the bomb shelter. Did I mention that it's really a good feeling when I'm decluttering the house? 
5) Floral Arrangement : Perhaps shall pick up a course in floral arrangement so that I can improve on the horrendous job I've done so far.  
6) Exercise : I will have more time and energy for exercise. Now I spend alot of late night consolidating stuffs for her (tho' I stopped like 2 mths back) into 2am. I get really tired the next day after preparing their breakfast that I plonked back to bed. I guess without the clearing and doing whatever housekeeping at home, I have more time for exercise. I really need to slim down. Put on too much weight over the years and I get too stressed up to get my hormones balanced. Some logical stuffs I'm talking about for those wanting to slim down, you need to have balanced hormones; be stress-free; have early nights. It's proven by me. Once upon a time, I tried some strict dieting I managed to lose the pounds and looked good but over the years I've neglected myself and though I don't have humangeous appetite I just can't explain why I put on weight. I noticed the date though! That year che-che was already in P4 to 5 when the stress level was high. 
7) Blogging : I'm so late in my updates. Too many drafts but no time to re-look into them. I might as well delete them.
8) Clearing : Time to clear stuffs in the house. As I was tidying the kitchen cabinets, I noticed there was some Sanrio cups we got from 85C Cafe in Shanghai and some tikam cups we got in Singapore, bento stuffs (I think lil' one won't be caught dead having a cute bento for recess in secondary school right?) and whatever nots I can put up for cheap sale in Carousell. Sometimes I think to myself that all these inconveniences could have been avoided if I also hadn't like cute stuffs. My target is to declutter until I'm superbly happy. Maybe I should declutter my kids, they're the troublemakers *wink*  

Looking forward to a new me! Re-discover myself! Perhaps a holiday on my own which I truly deserve. Get the hell out of my life exams!            

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Leadership roles

Lil' one told me she was "tikam tikam-ed" to be a Chinese Representative for her class. Then she was arrowed to be a Music Representative. The funniest thing she was arrowed to be an Environmental Representative as well. What the heck is that? I asked her if she was the "rubbish girl?"   

I was surprised that she could have so many roles because as far as possible, the teacher would give every student a chance for some leadership roles. She spoke to the teachers about it and I was surprised that they didn't mind her taking up the duties. 

Oh well! Hope she can be a student councillor though. 

Would she be like one of those "I never expected them to shine in secondary school coz in primary school they weren't so outstanding" kids I know from che-che's batch? 


Monday, January 14, 2019

Results Day

The next chapter of che-che's education route depended on her results. I didn't feel nervous or queasy at all. Being in the school hall for the 3rd time, I've learnt that I should lower my expectation. By doing so, I wouldn't get too disappointed when her / their results are not up to satisfaction. By lowering my expectation, I would be surprised if her / their results are good.

I went to school without my nerves bundled up. Well, I did ask her if she wanted me to be in the school and she left it to me. Initially I wanted to wait for her outside while settling lunch with lil' one near school but in the end thought she might want me there and I might miss any mammarazzi moments of her in the hall for the last time as a student. Not that I was expecting her to be one of those students standing up for recognition. 

I had expected her to grab her results and go. She isn't that same small size girl where I can quickly push her out. She's taller and bigger than me, I might be the one falling in the process. She stayed on in the hall talking to her good friends, there I met one of her friend's mom for the first time even though our girls have been in the same class since P3 or P5.

I never liked to ask others how their daughters did, of course I did have some people coming over to ask me how che-che did. 

I was pleased with her results (though I feel if she has put in more time and effort in her studies she would have done better), she has some well-deserved distinctions.

One of her friend was in a state of anxiousness, she was afraid to leave the school. She didn't do that bad, it's just that she probably expected better (??). Che-che patted her on the back, I was not really listening to the conversation so initially thought she was so happy with her results. Her expression was very Hyde and Jekyll, her "cry" wasn't that kind of long sobbing cry. By the time I realised that she was anxious, I thought to myself "it's no wonder how some kids who can't seem to think, have a clear state of mind decide to do something silly". Naturally I was worried and offered to walk her out of the school with her to her mom who's waiting for her outside. But in the end, a teacher accompanied her out.        

The whole Results Day thingy for the bunch of 16 and 17 year-olds is very different as compared to when we have the hall filled with 11+ and 12 year-olds. 

So, it's more or less confirmed where she wanted to go next. We talked about it before, she seems to know where she wants to go next coz' she still can't figure out what she wants to study. The next 2 years will help her think through her career choice.

The girls will go for Open Houses tomorrow. Hopefully they'll make a choice which they won't regret after that.   
 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Tried, tested, approved and highly recommended Kiehl's masks

I'm a lazy person. I never seem to use my facial products that often. The only time I was a little hardworking with my "face" was during SQ days. Hey! I need a presentable face to face the passengers right? I have no reason to have a pwetty face as I feel an ugly face might just scare my kids or any kids who try to irritate me.  

After clipping my wings,  I would only use mask when I'm holidaying - winter countries mainly to replenish the moisture that's being sucked up in the bloody cold. Many ions years ago, my beautician introduced Dr Grandel Moisture Mask to me.

I liked this cos' all I needed to do was to leave it on for 3 mins. I can leave it on while I'm still in the shower. Come out of the shower and I'm done, not sure what I did with the extra minutes after that but it wasn't to relax. I think I spent my time packing up the bags again or scrubbing undergarments and socks. *grouch* 
Then it didn't work when I was in Shanghai, my skin was really bad. It's a good thing to be next to Isetan and a whole shopping stretch 南京西路. I popped by Sephora one day and desperate as I was heeded SA's recommendation without checking ahead. Well then it seems to have worked out until the next time I was in Japan. Hada Labo seemed really  convincing with their "lock up an ocean of refreshing moisture" tagline. Okay, so I think I'm a sucker for all these pack of lies. In 2017 when we headed for US, my skin was really horrible. Skin was dry to the extent that I was slapping my face coz' I couldn't scratch them, I was a like a walking "SNAKE". I looked old and doubly ugly with flaky face. I felt like I was a mummy as my face felt really tight and awful. Horrible feeling and wanted to scream "just kill me and let me die". A companion passed me some of her coconut oil and it helped me a little. A search online later showed that coconut oil, jojoba oil, argan and olive oil works wonders on sensitive skin. Honestly, I'm not sure why over the years my skin get so sensitive to cold? Is age a factor? Or hormonal changes?

So in 2018, I thought to myself if I should bring coconut oil (which will hardened up in cold climate) over but the smell put me off. I threw out all the previous hydrating shits out of my travel toiletry bag and the cabinet. Did a shopping trip once without the girls in PP(actually.... come to think of it...Where were the girls? It was the school hols then. *scratch head in puzzlement*), made it so much easier without distraction. I dropped by Kiehl's. Didn't expect to get something from there but there it was something looking at me 
 "This exceptional facial cream is inspired by the adventure-testing heritage of Kiehl’s, from the first ascent of Greenland’s peaks and the scaling of Mount Everest to the individual adventures of our customers around the world."

I wasn't going to scale the mountains but if it worked for higher attitudes, it should work for my europe trip right? See! I told you I'm a sucker for everything I read. The words were so convincing, the price made it more convincing at a tag of $52 it should work. If it's $5.20 I will put it back on the shelves and walk away. 

I'd definitely need a mask as well. The Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque screamed at me to try.   
I was desperate to get a hydrating mask to help me tide over the 2 wks + of winter climate. This looked interesting with two of the ingredients - fountain plant and glacial proteins, it sounded like my skin will be filled up/hydrated like a river. Most importantly, it's overnight mask so I will have a nightful of replenishing my dried up desert skin. All I needed to do was to make sure I don't lie on my sides to sleep just in case I rubbed it off on the pillows. $55 well spent. I was to stop there but thought of what happened the year before, I didn't want to risk having a free botox aka scaling treatment again. Products with calendula caught my eyes. I recalled calendula was what I was looking for months back when I read that it can heal skin, working just as well as aloe vera. Looked through the whole range of calendula products and decided to get the masque  
Well, I thought maybe I should put this dual healing plants masque first to soothe my "exposed the whole day  in the cold" face followed by the overnight hydrating mask. $69 for this nice smelling masque is worth it, though I must admit initially it was quite 'burning' as I slapped on my face. It got better as the days went by. 

Really happy with the products I bought this time as my face felt just the same. 没问题! I will never leave home without these products again.