Monday, April 21, 2014

Old School Memories: Long Long Time Ago...

Since Adora from Gingerbread Mum wanted to talk about our school memories, I decided to dig out all the "decent" pictures I can find in my mother's cabinet and even bugged my Primary School monitress for a picture too :P (Thanks Janet, you are the best monitress in the world!)
Taken with my Kindergarten BFF, Susan (on the left)

I spent the first 8 years of my childhood life living in a small kampong in Malaysia. As far as I could recall, my kindergarten life was very busy with performance after performance. When my friends were doing their activities in the classroom, the teacher would call me out to go for rehearsal in another room for the upcoming performance. Although I did not really enjoy the rehearsal part but the moment I put on those pretty dresses (most of it were tailor-made by mom), I felt so HAPPY! 

Taken with my kawan & Cikgu at CHIJ

Hey! I was once a convent girl too (technically for only 2 years only) and although the time spent there was short, I enjoyed my Primary School life there. I remembered, playing zero-points with my friends, sneaked into the church and prayed whenever I have the chance to do that (just like the peacefulness). I even brought some bak-kwa (pork) secretly to eat during recess time (er..the school banned us from bringing any pork related stuff).

The precious photo my monitress whatsapp to me :)

The one and only singing trophy I received and kept at home

I remembered being a transferred student and started my new Primary School life in Singapore was filled with mixed emotion. I missed my old friends back in Malaysia and was also looking forward to make new friends in Singapore. I remembered the 1st friend who came to approached me was the monitress and made me felt at ease while trying to fit myself in a foreign environment. She even came to my rescue when one of the boys in the class tried to disturb me.

When the school started to organise singing contest, some of my classmates were so excited and we decided to form a singing group (7 of us were from the choir). We practised diligently almost everyday and won the 1st prize in P4 and 2nd Prize in P6.

Secondary school life was a struggling phase for me as my grades started to drop from Sec 3 onward. I started to lose my focus in my studies and affected my grades. My form teacher even requested to "see" my mom. She was worried I joined the wrong group of friends I mingled with at that time. Even though I was a prefect at that time, I wasn't perfect. There was one time I did not do my duty properly and was suspended from my prefect duties for 2 weeks.

This picture was taken when we were doing our F&B attachment in our school restaurant.

After O-levels, I started my holiday job as a salesgirl in one of the souvenir shop located inside the hotel. That was when I started to take an interest in hotel job and I went to apply for Diploma in Hotel Management course. 

I remembered we were trained to carry and balanced those heavy red bricks on those serving trays. Some girls even cried coz the trainer was so fierce to all of us. We had to memorise all the cocktail concoctions and displayed our bartender skills properly in front of our trainer during exams. During our final year of school, all of us went to different hotels for work attachment. We need to go to various departments for training and understand the job thoroughly. The most memorable was when I had to clean the hotel room toilets for 2 weeks (I was attached to Housekeeping department for a month). I was so good and fast that I even told that auntie (I was under her training) I wanted to be in charged of the toilet cleaning while she could just clean the room. I think my mom will be so horrified to know if she read this :P

How about you? What was your old school memories?

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

To Forgive, To Forget & Breathe....

Many times in our lives, we feel so angry over a particular incident or towards a person.
At that instant moment, the urge of going to explode is happening.
Holding on to the anger inside us for a long time definitely is not healthy to our well being.
Try to find other things to do or change our focus in life so that we can learn to forgive, to forget and breathe.
There's many things in life that is worth for us to be happy about.
I find this quote very well said, you reckon?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MOE Excel Fest 2014

As we were near Suntec City area, decided to drop by there to check out the MOE Excel Fest 2014. The children had so much fun going to individual booths set up by various Primary schools, Secondary schools & Junior Colleges. They tried out activities & craft works prepared by these schools.

Just when the kids had so much fun, Junior YS tripped over the hump (which looked like used for covering all the wires and cables) and cut his lips. Luckily we were very near the First Aid room and was directed to the room for treatment. We were told by the people from the First Aid room that it was not the first time children tripped & fell over. Anyway, I voice out my concern by filling up the form at the feedback area and hopefully the organiser for the exhibition next year will rectify this problem.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Mama's 57th Birthday!

Every single year, my mom will tell me not to plan any celebration for her as she is the type that does not fancy this sort of celebration. Simply because this sort of happiness is quite superficial to her and only lasted for 5 minutes or so. Oh well! This is her personal philosophy anyway. She rather be happy when we appreciate what she does for us every single day.
In the end, we still went ahead with the small celebration planned for her last week...

The older kids made birthday card for their Grandma and made her very happy that early morning. During the evening, we brought her to have her favourite Japanese food and I went to Pine Gardens and bought a Bailey's Chocolate Crunch cake for her. It was the first time for us to try an "alcoholic" cake and Junior YS loved it so much that he had 2 servings that night but too bad, the alcohol content in the cake did not seem to have much effect on him :P

Happy Birthday Mama! 
I hope I did not give you too much trouble over the years and hopefully I won't cause any problem / burden for you to handle coz now it should be your time to enjoy your life!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Practice Makes Perfect

I never have much problem when 2 older kids started to learn how to write. I was a simply "bo-chap" mommy and thought this sort of skill will be easily pick up along the way.
Probably I know that I am not going to try for another baby, which explains why I'm so "kan-cheong" over the youngest baby in the house.

When his teachers feedback to me about his problem with his pencil grip and affected the way he writes, I started to worry. I tried to teach him to grip the pencil using the correct way and after a while he will start to hold the pencil the wrong way again.

I remembered I bought a few of those blue rubber type pencil grips before that can be placed through all types of pencil. I let him gripped the pencil for a few minutes and his fingers started to change position again. I was feeling so frustrated!

I knew there were some good ergonomic pencils available in the market but I was quite hesitant to spend so much money on a pencil. I mean how on earth would someone need this sort of pencil? Well...never say never because in the end, I BOUGHT it.

Needless to say, that very night Junior YS was very happy and he managed to hold it the correct way until he finished his writing practise that night :)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Simple Pleasures In Life

A simple bus & train trip to the town could make the children so happy! 
The children could not contain their excitement when I told them that we were going to take the public transport that day.
I knew they loved to tap their cards to pay for their fares.
We should do this more often :)

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

When There's Nothing To Do...Just Draw!

Drawing has never been my forte but I do love to do random designing (excluding drawing) during my schooling days. I seldom draws but I do like to admire the art pieces done by my children. Hb can draw very well and I still keep the portrait drawing he drew for me when we were dating. 

When I was shopping at Daiso, I managed to grab a few small canvas and thought it will be a great idea to let the children draw something on it (since each cost $2 only). Who knows? Maybe we can start hanging our great masterpiece at our new place.

I was feeling bored one day and decided to try drawing on one of the canvases. I started to google for ideas and saw this very cool example of family tree drawing. I decided to do a little bit of editing on picture.

My virgin attempt to draw on the small canvas

YQ attempted to do her own drawing too.

You can imagine I was so shy to admit its my work initially when hb saw it on the table.
Luckily he loved my work and gave me the confidence to do more random drawings next time.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Children's 1st Music Recital

It was quite a meaningful weekend for me as I had attended my children's first ever music recital. Yah! This mummy was their only No.1 fan on that day *laughed*. Anyway, it was a good experience for them as they had practised hard before the event. Good job! Both of you had made mummy & daddy very proud. Looking forward to more music recital performance for the coming years!

Their teacher designed a very nice poster for the music recital event, can you spot where they were?

Taking a picture of YS before the recital started, he told me he was a bit nervous being the first timer MC on the stage.

YS looked so immersed in the music...

When it was her time to perform...

Posed with their music teacher during the certificate award presentation.

Everything was finished in 2 hours and everyone had so much fun interacting and listening to each other's music pieces.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A Magical Night with Disney On Ice Treasure Trove

I'm sure majority of us grew up watching Disney shows and probably some of us might have adore a particular Disney character during certain phase in our life. When my children were introduced to Disney cartoons, they will start to have a preference over certain characters in the show. Without a doubt, the children were feeling happy and excited when I told them about they were going to see the show last night.

Since the performance was suppose to perform while they are ice-skating, I was as excited as the children. Needless to say, being a figure skating fan I was so excited when those performers were able to perform difficult stunts.

Here are some of the pictures I took during the show:

Event Description:
Discover endless riches when Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove comes to your hometown!

Get tangled up in Disney's 50th animated feature with Rapunzel and Flynn and enter the worlds of your other favorite Disney princesses - Tiana, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, and of course, the one who started it all, Snow White.

Ahoy, Mateys! Set sail with Peter Pan, the always sassy Tinker Bell and the cantankerous Captain hook and his pirate pals on an adventure beyond Never Land!

Trek the wilds of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon as they discover the true meaning of the 'Circle of Life'.

Tick-Tock! Tick-Tock! Don't be late to a very important date with Alice and the Mad Hatter as they march with the Queen of Hearts' Army Of Cards.

Be sure to see this show full of memories guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Disney on Ice Treasure Trove is performing at Singapore Indoor Stadium from 19th March 2014 to 23rd March 2014. It will be a fun performance to bring your little ones to see all their favourite Disney characters during the March school holiday.

The timings and purchase of tickets are available at Sportshub Website.

Disclaimer: We received complimentary tickets to watch the show. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions are my own.