The Little Singapore Book

IMG_6145We spied this book at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) at the National Library back in June, and were attracted by its cover. The Little Singapore Book was available for pre-order at the time. Two weeks ago, our copy finally dropped in our mailbox, and we had a wonderful few days unpacking its contents page by page. David, especially, was captivated by the beautiful illustrations and interesting anecdotes of Singapore’s history.

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My love-hate relationship with Chinese

mandarin_2003767cTruth be told, my Mandarin is bottom-of-the-pile pathetic. My friends know that I am Not. Kidding.

It wasn’t always that way – I actually scored As or near to As during my primary school days. Ironically, it was also during that time that I began to intensely dislike this language that forced me to spend long hours memorising words and phrases, and when the learning curve took a steep jump in secondary school, any interest in the subject was basically killed.

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You will do just fine

IMG_4815This morning, I dropped the boys off at school as usual. But I hung around for a bit, since I was meeting my cousin for breakfast a little later on, and watched them do their usual morning singspiration, complete with jumping-around-action-songs and loud singing.

I saw Daryl jumping with glee, with not a care in the world. I’m pretty sure he has no clue what the song was about.

I saw David, also singing with gusto, but with a noticeably more self-conscious air about him than his brother. I saw the same for his classmates. There was a marked difference between the N2s and K2s, and this is not the first time I have made this observation, but today it hit me with a pang.

How fast they grow…

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C is for Coach (Part 3)

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Ever since he was a tiny tot, I’ve been discovering the many similarities in personality between my elder boy and I. Recently it was my mum who told me, “He’s exactly like you were when you were his age, you know?” Hearing it from the horse’s mouth, in that sense, made it more real to me.

I’m so very glad that David has inherited my love for art and music – well he has two music-lovers for parents, so that one perhaps not that much of a surprise – and a heart of compassion for the lost, lonely and left behind. He also has his daddy’s ability to focus very long on one thing that he enjoys, and has the same tendency to do things step by step, in an orderly manner. But on the flip side, David has also inherited my perfectionistic streak, impatience, and hot temper. Uh oh…

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Taking a leap of faith

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A few weeks ago, I shared about some thoughts we had about David’s attitude towards his music lessons, and why we were encouraging him to press on. The hubs and I had several talks with the boy over the weeks, and with each other, and explored a couple of possibilities. In the end, we decided to move forward with a new and exciting plan…

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[Dare to Dream] Imperfections Made Beautiful

Picking up a new skill as an adult is never an easy feat, which is why I really take my hat off to those who do it! It’s especially challenging when you’re a full-time SAHM, because time and energy to yourself is so limited. This week, I’m featuring two mummy friends of mine who have started online sewing businesses after becoming a mum, and have branched out into different tracks. Today, let me introduce you to Yvonne, or Von, as most of us call her.

Von is a mum of two, a boy (35 months) and a girl (16 months), and has shared her thoughts on allergies on my blog before. Besides being an awesome and dedicated mum, she also started up Imperfections Made Beautiful just over a year ago, and has created several unique and personalised products that will appeal to many parents and children. Here is her story.

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About the birds and the bees

Photo credit: Canada Book Club
Photo credit: Canada Book Club

When I was growing up, sex was still pretty much a taboo topic. Family members skirted around the issue, or, more likely than not, never even mentioned anything about sexuality in day-to-day conversations. Schools and church were even more hush hush on the issue. Even at Primary 5, when the girls were marched off to a special session to learn all about periods and pads, they never broached the topic of virginity or sexual intercourse.

Like most of my peers, I got my sexual education from romance novels or TV. I still remember the first time a group of us found out how sex really works, and we were all aghast and “No!!! (long pause) No. Really? Like that? Ha-ah??”. Cue lots of nervous giggles and promises to never have sex, ever.

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Child-directed Art

A spontaneous "present for you Mummy"! :)
A spontaneous “present for you Mummy”! 🙂

I love doing all sorts of craft projects with the boys. It’s a lot easier with David, because he can generally focus for a longer period on any given activity and follow instructions quite well, while his didi is more restless and needs to always be on-the-move. However we’ve managed to pull off quite a few fun projects as a trio this past year, so yay! Recently, however, I decided to take a step back and let the boys direct their own art-and-craft times, and the results have been hilarious, amazing and very insightful! Now I wish I had done this sooner…

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