One step by one step

Sweat out day! <video>

As it was Noelle’s first rope climb – she only could manage the first rope climb, she was disappointed that she couldn’t do the next rope (in between of fear and her want-to-do-it spirit). I told her this was only her first time and this is level one – just like her reading books – progresses one level to another slowly; doing repeatedly will help. In addition, it was important to overcome her own fear before rushing into the next level!

While Noelle was doing the rope climb, I overheard the man telling the daughter who was struggling to come down. “You have to think and figure out how to come down, just like how you tackle your exam questions!” (In mandarin) I like the example he gave his daughter; will keep that in mind for future use!

I would attest that it is difficult to find parents who will encourage their kids to do this sort of climbs nowadays!

Making a difference

Today we did something different from our usual schedule (after school). We sent some food items to the charity collection box at Tesco Ara Damansara (I actually spotted the box last week when we were there).

I could actually do it alone with Nikki and Norrah; but I think the ‘activity’ makes more sense to Noelle – as in she will understand the reasons why we were donating these stuff!

I told her that there are plenty of unfortunate people (especially kids) out there that do not have any food to eat and rely on these giving. The main reason is to make her understand that she shouldn’t be wasting food; instead appreciate the food that I cook up for her! (But I still an advocate of understanding on hunger cues rather than forcing the food down.) While the programme suggests ‘buy from Tesco🙄 to donate’, we actually bought elsewhere – telling her we were maximizing our resources , I.e. when we get cheaper goods, we can buy more!

lo, biscuits, instant noodles (that was on their list🙄), coffee and sauces (some sauces are those I got sponsored for from Bidor Kwong – I checked they have not expired)!

We may not be able to do big things but we hope our small way will make a difference!

On another note, going to a supermarket after school hours is not a good idea at all – they especially Noelle ran like crazy! 🤦🏻‍♀️ and Nikki followed – she tumbled on the floor at one point and they stopped running after that. We actually get in just to get yogurts and mushroom🙄!

Homemade pop corns

Number 1 wanted to make pop corns! And so we did! Just three ingredients: unsalted butter, dried corns and honey!

Measure about one cup dried corns and one slap of unsalted butter.

Heat up butter and add in dried corns. (She was kind of timid with handling fire)

Wait for them to pop!


Add honey!

Mix them up before serving!

Tested on her memory after it was done – ingredients and steps! She got it right! I also told her why homemade pop corns are healthier as we used honey instead of sugar!

Our first visit to Muzium Negara

We initially thought of taking the MRT to the museum but aborted the ‘plan’ – Papa malas🙄🙄! So we drove there!

We just went into the main museum which has four sections. The exhibitions may look small but it is good enough for the kids! Noelle was pretty excited about it while Nikki was timid (because it was dark and unfamiliar to her).

We only paid RM4 for two adults (Malaysian). Kids are free!

4-5 year old: Interest on board games

Between 4-5 years old, she definitely has developed much interest on board games – especially the snake n ladder kinda game! She’s great in explaining how the games work to whoever she plays with! She can spend playing the game over and over again especially if she can’t manage to win over her opponent! 😅😅😅 <video>

Christmas 2017 is on its way…

Our Christmas craft for 2016 (which was a Christmas tree) was left hanging at the entrance till it faded and some pieces flew away too! 🤣

I did ask if she wants a physical Christmas tree, but she declined! Ok then, we continue with our Christmas craft, which is a snow man! She added her idea of putting Peppa skiing family stickers on the art! She even reminded me the brown stick for the snowman arms, which she drew!

Simple and nice, I guess!

This time Christmas; I ‘enrolled’ Noelle to two things!

t exchange programme with another pair of mother-child – this is sort of 'stranger' mama pair;-so both of us get to make new friends! We need to get a book each for the pair by asking each other questions – getting to know them more. We also enclosed mama's past snack to the package and made a Christmas card for them! We have this courier out!

This is kind of fun; and we would look forward to doing it again next year – probably roping in Nikki too!

We want to maintain relationship with one of our first play dates via the penpal system – so we had something sent out for him via the snail mail! Putting stamp and sending into the post box – a tradition which I think we should never ‘forget’!

Hope both parties like them! 😊😊😊😊

🤔 Next year, probably we will look for a pal that stays ‘over-the-sea’!

Popcorn pretend play

Items required: paper (of different colour and thickness), marker pen, ruler, scissor and cellophane tape

There are free templates but I drew it as I don’t have access to our printer!

Activity with number 2 while number 3 looks on!

Basically just tear the paper for the popcorns!

Their night activity for the day!<video>

Sharing my thoughts on excessive screen time:

‘Life’ could have been easier; mealtimes quicker (possible?); I could do much of my personal stuff; I don’t have to bother about their activities, etc….

But that’s (the video says it all) reason for not having them glued on those screens!

Of course, they still do get their screen time, but with a limit – they (as of now is only Noelle) should know when, where and how long the screen time (especially ipad) .

They are in fact very addictive! Even watching YouTube – Noelle is guilty of such; but breaking the habit is an ‘accomplishment’ – just like yesterday at bedtime she told me proudly ‘mama I didn’t watch YouTube today (only abit tv🤣)!’

P/s: I am talking about my kids; not ‘yours’ – and a reminder to those who like to ‘bait’ our kids with screen times🙄