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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Books and School

I love tip-sharing in Facebook and Whatsapp groups!  Did this for Elyssa recently :-

Colour Coded Books according to Timetable
Makes book-packing a breeze!  Why didn't I know this when I was in school last time?? I explained to Elyssa how it works and told her she is responsible for packing her own books  :-)    (ok lar....i'll still monitor at the beginning)
So far so good for Elyssa in government school.  Her class teacher has created a whatsapp group for all the parents in her class. Super, super love it!  So far, the teacher has been very active in answering all sorts of question from parents - need to fill up what form, which books to bring, confirmation of names for name tag, what to wear since since sports t-shirt still not ready etc etc. 
Such a dedicated teacher!!  I know it's too early to do a dance of joy, but I am really glad Elyssa got this teacher as her class teacher. She's stern enough in class (which is essential cos the class is pretty big) but also gives out mini chocolates (ok, could be one-off)  and stars (there's a star chart for each student) for good behaviour/performance.
I've heard so many horror stories about chinese school, but I somehow have a good feeling that Elyssa will survive well in Standard 1.  *touchwood*  *fingers crossed!*   

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

First Day of School

Happy New Year 2015!

Mentally, I somehow couldn't "start" my year 2015 until my girls start school. Afterall, school was supposed to start on Jan 5th.  Then Elyssa's primary school term got pushed back one week due to floods in east coast. Ok, fine. (had to change my leave plans tho)
Erin's kindy was still scheduled to start on 5th. But on the afternoon of the 4th, I received a call from the school principal that school term will be pushed back to the 12th. Grr! Had to change my leave plans again.

Anyway it was finally Jan 12 yesterday. Whooo Hooo!

Elyssa in her primary school uniform 
(my Elyssa is in Std 1 already?????  *sobs*)
I woke her up at 6am, thinking she may need about 5-10 minutes to actually get up. But surprisingly, she practically jumped out of bed when I called her. I'm pretty sure it's first day of school excitement, but I do hope that it sets the right tone for all her upcoming school days. 

Assembly at the school hall 
All speeches were in Mandarin. I don't think she understood most of it. *gulp*
She's not the only kid with banana parents (but thankfully, she has non-banana grandparents) so gotta have faith that she'll survive! 

Before assembly ended, I had to rush home for Round 2 that morning. Hubby stayed on at Elyssa's school with her.

Erin in her kindy uniform 
(my baby Erin is in kindy already??  double *sobs*) 

Erin's classroom
I stayed with Erin throughout her class. No tears and no drama. I got a little worried when some of her classmates started crying for their parents.  But Erin was steady all the way.  So proud of her! 

After Erin's class ended (early dismissal for day 1), I drove back to Elyssa's school. Peeked into her classroom and saw her seated right at the back. Sigh, but the class teacher will change seating position anyway.

We hung around until her class ended.  Took this photo after class:

Elyssa pulling her bag with 1 hand and holding on tight to Erin with another hand. Awwwww......... super, super sweet! 

So we all survived Day 1 without tears !  (yes, all THREE of us. I got teary, but managed to not cry my eyes out. )  Yay! 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Happy Winter Solstice!

It's Winter Solstice today.  Our ROM date too  :-)

Decided to try making "tong yuen" this year.

I didn't realise it's so easy to make!
Basic tong yuen without filling is just glutinous rice and water. To make it colourful, I used beetroot for red colour and pandan for green colour (but cheated a bit. My green turned out really pale so I used a wee bit of colouring)

Elyssa rolling Tong Yuen
She's pretty good at it! Better than her daddy. heh.  She complained daddy's tong yuen were not round enough so she practically re-worked all of them.

Erin uhm....wasn't so good at rolling
Just look at the masterpieces on her plate  ;-)


Before Cooking

Simple syrup to go with it - Gula Melaka, Ginger, Sugar and water boiled with Pandan leaves

Enjoy with wine!

Girls enjoyed making the tong yuen.  But as for eating it - Erin refused to swallow the ball.  Elyssa came down with a slight fever and went to bed right after dinner.  *sigh*.   Maybe next year!


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cameron Highlands Holiday - October 2014

From Penang, we stopped by in Ipoh to pick up MIL and then drove to Cameron Highlands. This part of the holiday had been planned months ahead. 4 families altogether - Neighbours holiday!  We live within the same housing area and we each have 2 kids around the same age.  How great is that??  Kids super, super love playing with each other!

Random photos-

Family photo at the tea plantation

My lil poser

At the strawberry farm

Afternoon picnic
We booked a lovely bungalow with 6 rooms called Valley View.

Hubby pitched a tent at the garden
Telematch time!

Some quiet tv time before bed time

Next day - did strawberry picking

Girls with their grandma
Cactus valley


Time Tunnel
Love these photos!

Playing while waiting for food

Best part is we didn't have to entertain the kids cos they were busy entertaining themselves. 
Already planning our next holiday together!  :-)


Monday, December 15, 2014

Penang Holiday - Oct 2014 (Part 2)

More photos from the Penang holiday-

After building sandcastles by the beach, we moved on to the swimming pool.

I loved the kids pool!
Why ?  1) Giant tarpaulin to shade them from the morning sun  2) Gradual descent into the pool (no steps) so it was easy for them to go in and out.   3) shallow (i think the water in the baricaded area came up to Elyssa's waist only)

The girls spent HOURS in the pool!  Hubby and I got tired after a while, so we just lounged around on the deckchairs. Yup, that's my giant feet in the pic  :-)

For lunch we decided to just order and eat by the pool.  Holiday meal - pizza, burger and fruit juice to share.  :-)

After lunch, we happily sent  allowed Elyssa to go to the kids room for their FREE kids programme. Whoo hoooo! She actually went 2 days in  row. A bit unsure on the first day (since Erin couldn't go and she didn't know anyone else) but was an eager beaver for the second time. On both days, she went for the 2pm -6pm slot. Can even extend up to 9pm for dinner (also free!) and a movie, but we decided not to.

Chilling and playing with daddy's phone while jie jie was in the kids room 

I love the resort-ty feel of the uhm..... resort  :-) 

From Day 2 of the kids program 
(for Day 2, we had to pay RM25 cos of the t-shirt painting. Day 1 was completely free)

Personalised T-shirt

Decorated Paper Bag
They made mini chocolate balls that day 

We walked along the beach after picking up Elyssa from the kids room. Lovely sunset! 

Went back to the hotel after dinner and managed to catch the last bit of a cultural performance. 

Next morning - buffet breakfast

My 2 princesses 

The Penang holiday (4d, 3n) just flew by so fast. Right after that, we continued our "up north" holiday to Cameron Highlands with 3 other families.

- to be continued-

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Penang Holiday - Oct 2014

Some photos of our (not-so) recent Penang trip in October during Deepavali :

Jumping on the sand girls are finally ok to touch sand!

The 3 darlings in my life  :-)
I just love this photo!

Early morning walk before breakfast (Elyssa was still fast asleep)
Good way to learn numbers!
Erin happily stood in front of each door and read out the numbers as she walked down the corridor : "Theee faive nine, Theee faive seven, Thee faive faive and her favourite room : Theee Theee Theee!"
Needless to say, each walk up or down the corridor took up quite some time  ;-)

Playing ball in the kids playroom

Our hotel - Golden Sands Resort

Elyssa going down the water slide..... Wheeeee!
Building Sandcastles

Relaxing tea time...


It was really a relaxing holiday where we spent most of the time just lazing around.  Bliss!!