Our first visit to Bukit Jelutong Eco Community Park

Our first visit to Bukit Jelutong Eco Community Park

We have come to know about this park some months back. Finally, we made the effort to come (after all the hype about it on fb)! 🤣 The entrance is free and animal petting session (with the goats) is during the weekend from 9am to 9.45am. We managed to ‘pet’ the goats for about 20 minutes upon arrival. We then went ‘hiking’ on the steep hill, under the scorching sun. Luckily we brought our umbrellas. The hike is suitable for beginners/ kids – because it is less than 1km only (just that it is very steep). We found very nice scenery from the peak. It is sort of a resort view and such an experience for the kids.

We then hike down and the kids get to feed the ducks and geese. They are selling a container of pellets for RM5, and no bread feeding allowed.

There’s a beautiful garden towards the exit. There are many benches for visitors to rest and clean toilets too.

We parked further away (down the road) as we heard about the steep slope/drive towards the park.

we actually met the owner at the entrance when we arrived. He is such a humble man who speak to most visitors.

Photos: https://youtu.be/zLHFax2RKxY

A visit to The Farm in the City

It has been ages since we came here. I can’t even search back the latest old post on facebook! 🤣🤣 (maybe later I go dig again)

Actually The Farm in the City is having exhibition at Paradigm Mall last weekend and this weekend. I thought of bringing them there today. But few days back, hubby said he is taking leave today (FOR last day of school holiday)! Ok, then why not just go to THE farm itself! 😂😂😂 Also, today marks Nikki’s last day of homeschooling days!

We spent more than two hours there. They enjoyed many parts of the farm – but a little ‘scady’ with some parts because the goats 🐐 are so hungry! 🤣🤣🤣 (we actually realise from our many visits to the farms – goats can be the most annoying/greedy for food in the farm! 🙄🤣 They can be very smart in detecting the food bags too.)

The farm is still very well kept and they have very beautiful species still. They have quite a number of staff monitoring the different sections of the farm. The kids can’t decide which was their favourite part – because they enjoyed feeding the tortoises, petting the rabbit, catching fish and feeding the Guinea pigs and hedgehogs. All in all – we had a great time! Noelle was asking whether this a farm or zoo because it is ‘farm in the city’ and then it wrote ‘petting zoo’. 🤣🤣🤣

the farm requires visitors to have two doses of vaccinations and masks on all time when you are in there << 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

Photo: https://youtu.be/FEibhvkl6cM

Consumer lesson for the kids

After two years of not buying anything physically (the kids), time to teach them some consumer lesson, I.e. being street smart. Noelle has got money from her savings from school allowance. She decides to take RM10 out while papa gave both Norrah and Nikki RM10 respectively (since they both are not given allowance).

We brought them to Eco Shop and also Mr DIY (at Citta Mall, since it is an open mall), where they can buy anything they want within their budget.

Both Nikki and Norrah bought 4 items each at Eco Shop leaving them left RM1.20 each. Noelle was able to resist more; she only bought two items, leaving her more money for Mr DIY.

On our way to Mr DIY, there was this claw machine which attracted them. It was RM1 per game. It means Nikki and Norrah can only play once if they wanted to while Noelle has more play. But if they choose to play, they might not have any money left for Mr DIY. Noelle was intelligent to suggest we go to Mr DIY first.

At Mr DIY, both Nikki and Norrah chose two pencils that cost RM1. So they ended up with 20 sen each and hence, they have no chance to play claw machine. 🤣 Noelle chose two items and still leaves her with more than RM3, which meant that she can play 3 games.

It was fun doing this ‘lesson’, where they got to make strategic decision. 🤣🤣🤣 They also agreed that it was fun!

Photos: https://youtu.be/2dxwzzJhkkY

Trying luck at the claw machine: https://youtu.be/t3O6S8FCEBo

They say they had one of the bestest morning! 🙄🙄 Beside getting to (window) shop and playing claw machine, they get to eat McDonald’s sundae and did Christmas cupcake decoration. Papa ended the trip by buying them Baskin Robbins! 🤣

Photo: https://youtu.be/0Io8VbCRAyE

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Today’s spending activity, I realised that the papa is the ‘Angel ’ who will ask them ‘you want this or not?’ 🙄🙄 while I am the ‘devil’ who will ask ‘you sure you want this?’ 🙄🙄🤣🤣 He says he wants to test their temptation. 🙄🙄 While I think I don’t want to regret buying something which at the end they don’t really want.

But we stick to our pre-agreeed principle that we are not going to top up for them. 😂😂

Hopefully, they learn and understand about ‘trade offs’. Noelle was telling Nikki that she gets to play the claw machine. Then I told her, while she gets to play, Nikki and Norrah end up with more items. She agreed with that – it is a trade off of feeling (joy/excitement) over materials. And it is a game of probability that she might get a reward from that chance.

This is basic money 101, which is age-appropriate for them. I think it is really important for them to learn this early (because they are not born with silver spoons🙄😛😂) and I always wish I learn this early too.

They have been doing well with delay gratification, so far, at their age. They won’t ask for anything for no reason, unless it is a need. Similarly, we only buy stuff based on our needs (ya, I have many Shopee packages but those are needs, ok? 🤣😛). Despite Noelle doing well in her assessments, she didn’t ask for any rewards.

When they have this foundation, we can then move on to investing 101.

I know there are people who talk about their kids being investing savvy and talking about technicals at the early age of 8/9 years old, I would say either their kids are super genius or they are total bullshit (you know who you are ya. Siapa makan cili, dia rasa pedas🙏🏻) We still wish our kids progress at their current rate as they won’t miss out their childhood.

Belajar membaca dan menulis suku kata

Actually I didn’t know how to start with teaching the preschooler (who has no experience in kindy) BM earlier this year. We went ‘ba be bi bo bu….etc’, but it didn’t really helped. Then we started reading a page a day on ‘Peter DAN Jane’ (which is fewer than 20 words), I started to see her improvement in weeks. Besides that, I also let her do some writing or copying on a daily basis.

She starts to recognise some words (through repetition) but still blurry though.

So, we got to focus on BM in the next three months so that she won’t go to school like a blind mice.

Anyway, there are a lot of pre school books in the market, which I do buy them but that isn’t enough to keep me going with Nikki who will stay at home till March next year. She does do those books that I buy, which I then cut out to do further stuff.

Sample: https://youtube.com/shorts/GV-isEFYm3k?feature=share

To set it straight: I blog for recording moments with my kids. I don’t earn from blogging and have NO obligation to anyone especially when I don’t know YOU. I am not responsible for how you feel or think about me. I don’t even respond to people whom I know and feel are toxic to me.

Our maiden visit to Kebun-kebun Bangsar

We have heard about this farm since pre-covid and didn’t have a chance to visit it. So, we decided to give it a try. 🤣

It’s located in Bangsar 🤣, smacked in between the big landed houses (ok, as neighbours, I understand why they protest the farm location but as a visitor, we like it very much🤭😆). The farm animals – chicken, turkey, peacock, sheep – are free to roam. Rabbits and goose are caged – but free to feed. Further in, there’s their vegetables farm and some cow (tied) over the hill. They have special pathway for us to walk (and everyone is left unattended and free entry, even animals feed – we get it from the front desk and leave our monies there). No vegetable sale today. They also created special spots for photo sessions.

We spent one and half hour there. The rabbits were less hungry compared to Rabbit Fun Land but Norrah found her new love for sheep. She was the first bravest one (of course after i showed her how to) who put the feed on her palms to feed the sheep.

Video: https://youtu.be/EKefAoa0Jo4

Re-visited Rabbit Fun Land

The last we came here was 9 Sept 2018 (as per facebook’s memory)! 🤣 Three years back, we paid RM32 for everyone’s entry. Today we paid RM60 for 5 persons (RM12 per person – above 2 years old). We bought food from the farm too to feed the pets. No outside food for the pets allowed; reasonably said that it might cause problems to their animals. (I actually checked with them before coming).

Since it was 3 years ago, the kids have vague memory about it. Moreover, the farm has changed too. They used to have an enclosure where rabbits run freely; now they don’t. All animals except some goats are kept in cage. The kids love the rabbits and deers most. The goats are hungry and ‘scary’ to them! 🤣 They have other farm animals such as ostriches, peacocks, cows, goose and ponies.

Their cafe has also renovated and served ‘fresh’ food (as they are promoting). We were still with our no dine-in policy; so we had our picnic in car after our farm visit. The farm ensure a policy of mask on and visitors must be vaccinated. The farm is quite big. They have a play area – but our kids know that they weren’t allowed to play there (by mummy😛) at the moment.

It was an hour drive from our place; but no fuss by the kids. They were happy with the journey and the morning in the farm. We spent 2 hours there!

Video: https://youtu.be/U-QqfrFKJ2o

Early homeschool graduation

Blessing in disguise, I got to thank Mr C19 or I won’t have the opportunity to homeschool Nikki up till today.

It wasn’t ‘challenging’ but rather ‘anxious’ every moment thinking if we were heading the right direction. But time and Nikki proves that we are doing good. She probably won’t score A when she enters primary school; but she will definitely able to catch up and that is what matters. 🥰

Thank you Nikki for enduring your ‘panas baran’ mummy, who will at times use unkind words 🙄😖🥺 to you. I am very proud of you for every little milestone you have shown. Hope you will excel in everything you do.

I wanted to say ‘hope you achieve your dreams’ but I stopped myself because Nikki is always ‘dreaming’🙄🤣

Today macam graduation 👩‍🎓 day for Nikki but she still have till end Feb to ‘suffer’ with me, ok? 🤣 And we actually wanted to take a decent picture of her because her papa needs to crop a picture of her to make a passport size photo for her primary school registration. 😂😂😂

Photos: https://youtu.be/lvtXUnnSx6k

Homeschooling Nikki brought the sisters closer! And the sisters have been the pillar to Nikki.

Big sister Noelle has been a role model and always reminding Nikki to complete her daily activity sheets. Noelle also enjoys challenging Nikki with questions. Nikki has been motivated to learn because she wants to be a ‘teacher’ to Norrah.

🥰🥰🥰

Every little success is progress

The best part of ‘homeschooling’ is that it allows me to teach to my daughters about strengths, and NOT their weaknesses.

And many folks out still do not think so. They tend to push children to work harder in the subjects where the children are weak. While they don’t expect adults to be equally good at everything, they do expect that of children.

Instead we should help them excel in their strongest subjects/interests, and just get them passable in the rest. THAT has become my guiding principle.

a little story of how a person become judgmental over my kid’s weaknesses to strength <<

I shared a video (here: https://youtube.com/shorts/sEKqP2nGDqU?feature=share) about my eldest performing her self-recorded Mandarin assignment on my personal FB account. I am very proud with her self-confidence and independence for doing so without my help. I took that as pride but a person started to bombard my less-than-9-years-old about the proficiency in Mandarin. 🙄🙄 (we don’t speak Mandarin at home).

While the person has every right to put her comment, it really tells where some people are headed to in helping kids progress. She pinpointed how the ‘teacher’ should have guided the kid BUT she didn’t realize that it was an assignment that my kid needs to hand in (before she could be corrected). How do kids improve without making mistakes? Why did she chose to look at weaknesses over progress? Did the person expect my kid to be perfect in everything? I didn’t pour all these onto her ‘face’ because I prefer saving my energy on other good vibes. But it is a perfect reminder on how the society is shaped to believe that children ‘should be’ educated in only one way.

Diary in the making

Yesterday evening I gave Noelle a new notebook and she decided to turn it into a diary just like Dork Diaries. She says she is writing about her life 🙄🤣. So today she has been spending her free time writing in it. While she told Nikki that it is secret, when I asked if I could read it – she permits me. 😂

It is indeed her daily life with her sisters/family. I am happy that she is trying to write and improve herself. And she follows Dork Diaries’ style with pictures drawn in between and the way the author signs in/off. I hope this is not a ‘3 minute body heat’ activity. 😂

Sharing the preview here 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻 it is exactly what they did yesterday. <https://youtube.com/shorts/Uwaw6yMmDZs?feature=share&gt;

For the exact preview: https://www.facebook.com/105177988378032/posts/129331025962728/?d=n

Anyone willing to pay to read her ‘book’?

😝🤣 just kidding……her loyal fans are of course hubby and I! 🥰🥰🥰 (plus her sister Nikki who asked me to read out loud for her) I am also loving the way she expresses herself!

Homeschooling the year 3 again

I have been busy….

….seriously BUSY….😓😓😓 but they have been good most of the time.

We have been putting Noelle at home since last Tuesday and also planned to do so this week (and till mid June, at least). While we trust Noelle with following SOPs, I don’t know about others…🙄🙄 (and she has been complaining about the person sitting in front of her – always removing mask when teacher is not around)

Then, came the news that a year 3 pupil in her school got positive Covid on late Sunday evening (the pupil was in school last Tuesday). 😢Fortunately, it wasn’t her class. (I never hope this will happen but thank god we made the decision to put her at home!) It was really a close call – the closest because year 3 students do sometimes move around classes for Moral and Chinese classes. In addition, they share teachers too. (Even when there were cases in our condo, it never beat this close – because we just hi-and-bye to neighbours from far). And, before the pupils enter their respective classes every morning, they line up in the same hall. But I did confirm with Noelle that her class isn’t the same class with THAT class for Moral and Chinese classes.

It is no longer fear mongering or about the ‘new’ norm 🙄 – as today we received news that another pupil from THAT class is also tested positive (this pupil was last in class on Friday) 😢😓 while 18 others negative. The rest will be tested tomorrow. Now we can just pray that everyone in the class/school including teachers are safe.

I honestly fear testing, but what worse is getting Covid19 itself – not everyone is immune to it (even if you are vaccinated) plus the long term effects. And for the kids, the trauma that they have to go through. 😢😢😢

The school only closed on Monday and Tuesday- we yet to receive any news about school opening tomorrow (but most likely open, as recess menu has been taken by class rep. Only the affected class will be quarantine). Anyway, we have decided to continue to stop school for the moment – regardless whether there’s online classes or homework uploaded (we will decide again after mid June when the half year semester break ends, since the MoE announced that home based learning after Raya holidays).

I don’t really bother message around to ask homework – because I know it is troublesome for parents to share and not the duty of teachers to double their work for those in school and at home. So, we have to rely on ourselves. I have been planning Noelle’s studies based on her current school timetable and textbooks. (besides the existing Nikki’s work) We search for existing learning videos from YouTube and google for answers, if I find it difficult to understand. Sometimes I do doubt my own ability, ok? But, I will just try my best so that Noelle is not left out in her studies. I am thankful that since last year’s MCO experience, they do know when it is time to get serious with studies and when it is time to play.

all these have been keeping me very busy. I have fewer FB posts, right? 🤣<<

I know some may not be happy with me saying this BUT pleaseeeeee practice SOP and stay in your own cluster (I.e. stop gatherings) for the time being. <<

I have also opened a fb page to load art activities of the girls. The fb page is Relaxed Homeschool Journey -https://www.facebook.com/Relaxed-Homeschool-Journey-105177988378032/