i stayed with bry for the 1st day, he was on 1/2 day for the entire week, and he was ok cos i was around. it was a bit chaotic and the teachers were all trying to get the children settled down and so it was play day for the N1. i left bry for 2 hrs from the 2nd day onwards, as expected, he cried. being in a new environment, he clamed up and peed on the floor on the 3rd day. so i told him that he must inform the teachers should he needs to go toilet and he did so on the 4th day. i am very proud of him. the teachers were probably wiser after the urine accidents on 3rd day, and probably were more alert to his body language. but bry is also a smart boy, he went to pull the teacher's hand when he needs to go. my son is a genius!
well, he will be staying there full day next week and there are so many things to pack! need to bring extra shorts (in case accidents again), bedsheet, milk bottle and powder, towel, PE attire and (the most important) his lenny! the pillows in our house are very fortunate to be able to attend class with the boys. dom brought his fifi and now bry his lenny.
gonna have a fun week soon!!!
Bry Full Day (11 Jan 2010)
as expected, bry cried when i tried to leave and the teacher assistant had to step in. dom also tried to comfort him but decided that play was more interesting and went off to play with his classmates. bry only cried for a short while and soon was following the teacher assistant around.
i think he adapted quite well and seems fine when i checked on him. he was back to his cheeky self by lunch time and didn't sit properly on the chair. lenny went to school with him, with specific instruction only to let bry hold during milk and sleep time.
when i fetched him home, he tried to ask for lenny to hold. lots of adjusting.... but most important of all that the boys will be healthy and not fall sick easily. will try to let their immune systems fight off this round of flu, dom probably will be able to but think bry will need doc soon.
Here We Go Again !!! (2 feb 2010)
he ran a fever on sunday, diagnosis was sore throat. he stayed at home on monday (1/2/2010). managed to bring the fever down with "ling yang" water on monday.
side track: western meds are good but not as effective as chinese meds, but be warned to only buy from well-known TCM. this is probably not a problem in singapore but can't say the same for other countries.
back to 2/2/2010: bry attended half day again and he cried when we stepped into the centre. he was so eager to attend at home and was happily putting on his uniform, holding his communication booklet, chatting to dom. BUT major waterworks once we were in the centre. i just tell him that i would be fetching him home for lunch and left. better let the teachers calm him down then for him to keep seeing me and crying.
i wondered how long will he take to re-adjust back to childcare. at least the teachers are patient and love him.
Roaring Tiger 2010 (15 feb 2010)
welcome the yr of the roaring tiger.
the CNY didn't start on the right note for us as dom had an infection on 11feb and we had to bring him to KKH on 12feb. thank goodness the infection has finally cleared and have a specialist appointment on 8mar. must say that he was pretty brave and listened to us. will have to wait till mar to decide what we really want to do.
anyway, back to CNY, we had reunion dinner at parents' place with great grandma. bry was pretty friendly with everyone and (as usual) running around. he only calmed down when Xiao jiu carried him, if not, everything and everyone was fair game to him.
dinner was yummy and there was so much food! roast chicken and duck from grand uncle #3, my favourite! dom has taken a liking to chicken skin (roast or steamed) and i tried to give him some boiled beef but he didn't like it. his choice of food was limited (due to his infection) and gave him lots of chicken, duck, vegs and beef. poor boy, he couldn't even eat the yummy prawns.
after dinner was the boys' favourite time, ANG BAOs!. bry seems to have no idea that it contained money but was happy to be holding the pretty red packets. dom knew there was money and the boys gave all their collections to me for safe-keeping.
CNY day 1: went to parents' place for lunch. it was play time for bry and television time for dom. bry was running around while dom was glued to the cartoon shown on cables. thank goodness, we do not have cables at home or else. everyone had a hearty lunch.
i must say that i am relieved that CNY is coming to a close. stressful time of the year as most shops are closed and need to stock up enough food at home. my wish for the new year: good health to all and nothing bad would happen this year, just want to enjoy a smooth sailing year ahead.
Cheeky Dom (21 feb 2010)
what is the first thing that comes into your mind when you see this pic? my first thought is "cheeky",
chon wai loves this shot of dom as it truely showed his naughty side.
this pic was taken at the Blood Bank CNY gathering at rebecca's house. we went over for about 1hr and the boys were on their best behaviour for about 15minutes before all their true colours were shown. after which, everyone was entertained by their actions and me chasing after bry to make sure he didn't break anything.
others have commented that dom is handsome and will be a heartbreaker...... dun know about that but now he is a headache sometimes. anyway this pic seems to make all worthwhile. he looked like he has some schemes cooking in his head and waiting for the right time to put his plans into action.
so watch out world!!! no one is safe!
David Schwartz Books for Kids (3mar 2010)
i came across this author for children books on Prime Time Morning (channelnewsasia) and i must say that i am very impressed by his presentation methods. he wrote books on science, maths and ABC for older kids. his books on maths are full of graphics and few words. an example from his "how much is a million?": if there are 1 million goldfish in a goldfish bowl, it would be able to contain a whale. (may different from actual text) and the graphic is a goldfish in a bowl next to a whale in a bowl. and one can see the difference.
he also did a live presentation using popcorn. he had ziplock bags of 1 popcorn, 10 popcorns, 100 popcorns, 1000 popcorns and 10 000 popcorns. it gives us a visual of the difference in the numbers and imagine if you were in the audience and you can actually feel the weight between 10 and 1000 popcorns.
i tried to search for his books but it seems that it can't be found here. since the author is currently in singapore, there would be a good chance that major bookstores would start to carry his books.
"我的"!(3 mar 2010)
he has picked up some simple chinese, 回家, 我的, 饮水 etc, and can understand instructions in Mandarin (although obeying them is another matter).
he has taken to singing, 早安老师, national anthem, wheels on the bus, 10 little indians, old mac donald etc. once he start, he will invite you to join in or "dedicate" his song list and you sing. he still can't get all the words and pronouncation correct but is quite cute to see him sing. well, much better than having him try to disturb dom.
the best thing is that he has started to hog items (toys, bottles, hankies etc) by declaring loudly "我的", it used to be "mine". everyone used to say that the most frequent english word uttered by a child is "No", then the most frequent Mandarin word would be "我的"!
Stretch Your $$ (9mar 2010)
the bakery auntie has been nagging me to go shopping with her. she kept going on about this TCM(traditional Chinese Medical) shop that sells household stuff at cost price and how one can save about S$1 per item compared to buying from nearby supermarket chain. i am a bit sceptical as it involves travelling and the shop may not have the items i want or at the price i have been led to believe. yet, i have read numerous internet accounts of mummies who claimed that TCM shops do sell certain items (milk formula, diapers) at a cheaper price compared to supermarket/minimart chains.
anyway, i went with her and indeed i saved nearly S$2 on diapers! the milk formula is also much cheaper, saving me a whopping S$3-4 per 600g. my main purpose was to check out the prices for diapers and formula, and the saving alone for diapers justified the trip.
bus fare: S$0.83 x 2; time spent (round trip): about 45mins.
i made a second trip again today and found the price of Scotts Cod Liver Oil to be cheaper by 30cents (usually buy from work bcos of staff discount) and Scotts Vit C pastillies cheaper by 70cents. this time i bought milk formula, shampoo, Scott Vit C pastillies and rice. i am sure that i would have probably save S$1-2 on the rice, even if i didn't, the savings from other items would have made up the difference.
although bry is almost toilet-trained, he is still on diaper for naps and sleep. so diapers and milk formula are necessary items on my expenditure, a dollar or two saved will indeed go a long way. my only regret is not finding out about this shop earlier, would have saved me a fortune. you might ask "how the shop manage to sell it so cheaply?" and the answer "it directly import", at least for the milk formula, hence cutting out the middleman ands passing the saving to consumers!
the bakery auntie mentioned that the chinese herbs are quite expensive, this is something i have no wish to find out. i am more of a packed-herbal-soup kind of mum!
another good bargain store would be ValueShop. certain items are cheaper there too, cotton buds (500pcs) for S$1.05 and cream cleaner(like gif) for S$1.25, and it has a wide range of household items for you to choose from. a must have item would be u-shaped door stopper(place on door to prevent accidental closing, 2 for S$1.05), especially if you have young children at home.
BTS CNY (14 mar 2010)
it has been a long time since there is a shot of me plus the boys. there are another 3 more pics, album tiger cny 2010.
Khanacademy.com (15 mar 2010)
ah gong got me this website and info on the founder/creator, www.KhanAcademy.org. i must say that i am impressed by the teaching methods.
i was wondering how to teach dom simple additions and tried the oranges method, to give him a visual impact on how addition work, and the website also gave other method to do so.
the whole presentation is done on youtube.com, and it is a simple, fun-filled way. i would even say non-threatening, as you feel as if it is your friend who is imparting the knowledge to you.
The Curious Mind Of Dominic Aw (22 mar 2010)
that's was then and this is now.
now i am drawing lines, for dom to practise his writing. the book comes with lines but the
spacing/height of the lines is too narrow and i have to redefine the "lines" for him.
other than drawing lines, so primary school, i have to write words (chinese and english) and maths for him to practise. i am not aiming for a scholar here, just want him to utilise him time more efficiently. for chinese, i am using the square excerise book.
speaking of chinese, dom can actually recongise quite a wide variety of characters but not necessary be able to reproduce them. he does have a good memory and a strong interest in the language.
other activities that i have planned includes, market and grocery runs and parent volunteer.
More Curious Things (5 apr 2010)
only managed to take 1 photo. anyone has any idea what this plant is called? i pointed this to him as it has a unique way to stay afloat. other info supplied was that it used to be grown for pig feed.
we also saw dragonflies and ah gong went on to explain that dragonflies are useful insects and help to eat the harmful mosquitos. didn't manage capture any pics of dragonflies but dom would probably point out to you that Masked Rider Kabuto also have a dragonfly character. marrying science with TV.
he also asked about why motocycles and scooters do not have wipers like cars. anyone interested to answer pls put in your comments.
Complaints (6 apr 2010)
bry is being very naughty in childcare and the teachers are complaining. the usual ranges from not telling them when he needs to go poo, but this is minor, to disobeying instructions.
his form teacher told me that he runs around and "bangs" into things/ppl, disregarding his and others' safety. he does this at home too and the more we try to stop him, the more he does it. he also hits his classmates, instead of showing love. whenever we tell him no, he will get angry and also hits us. when being disclipined, he laughs/smiles at the teacher. i feel that he thinks it is a game.
here's the worst: the teacher compared him to dom. dom would cried when scolded but bry will laugh it off. dom will listen to instruction but bry will run away from the instruction. overall, dom was better behaved.
i am at a loss what to do. did i spoil him? i switched to part time after he was born and he almost always get away with murder. what can be done? he just doesn't understand the concept of punishment. i tried reasoning (dun bother to even try), scolding, standing in corner and even physical punishment. nothing really works.
maybe will really have to try some reward system with bry... ...
Elephant's Nose Is Very "Piao Liang" (12 apr 2010)
There is this Chinese nursery song about elephant’s nose. Translation: elephant, elephant, why is your nose so long? Ma ma says a long nose is beautiful. You are supposed to be the elephant, pinch your nose with 1 hand and cross the other arm over.
This is bry’s favourite, think it is the action that attracts him. I never heard dom sang this before. Anyway, bry is rather particular about how the arms are placed and he would correct you by putting your arms to his correct positions.
dom commented that the bird seems to be moving, i told him it was just breathing, and he asked why it was breathing. at this, i told him it was still alive so must breath if not... ...
bry was so cute, he kept waving and hello-ing at it, even brought his mickey mouse for the bird to see. the bird just kept looking at bry, then at dom and it closed it eyes. i told them it is probably lost, and the parents would be looking for it soon. sure enough, a couple of adults came flying by. they called out but did not try to land on the window ledge, probably weary of the humans on the other side of the window.
the boys were so amazed to see the parents, they are of sparrow sized, olive-green feathers and a slight curved beak, flying about. the baby bird "woke" up, turned away from the window and flew off to join it's parents.
this was probably the closest the boys got to seeing a live bird.
to be frank, when the baby bird closed it's eyes, i feared that it would die and had to explain to the boys.
Ah Gong's 65th Birthday (15 apr 2010)
Had a family celebration for ah gong’s 65th birthday on 11th apr, it was just few days before dom’s planned circumcision.
Nothing fancy, just a steamboat dinner and cake. Xiao jiu and Charlene got the cake, it was chocolate! Every chocolate lovers/addicts dream come true. Chocolate truffle, probably a new addition to Polar’s selection.
As usual, an outsider probably thought it was the boys’ birthday. (Since they are often mistaken as twins) both of them were so happy to see the cake. Dom is more reserved but bry was excited. We had to restraint bry, fearing the worst would befall on the cake before it’s 5min of fame.
As usual, the boys got to enjoy a small portion of the cake. Too much heaty food is a recipe for falling sick. Everything went well and all enjoyed the mini celebration.
Circumcision (15 apr 2010)
Dom went for circumcision on 14th apr. Having went thru a few OGGT and planned c-section (bry’s birth), I had first hand experiences on how the fasting and hunger would be like, so was rather worried about getting all the feeding times right. All the mad rush started on 13 apr, waiting for the call to inform us of the op time and all the fasting details, there was so much to remember. Dom had his dinner at 5.40pm and last milk feed at 2am (14/4), last cup of water at 7.15am (14/4) and was on empty stomach until the procedure was completed.
He was quite high spirited when we reached the day surgery (DS) at 10am but became bit withdrawn when he changed to the surgery gown. The nurses and doctors there were very professional and friendly, knew how to engage him.
I was most worried about the needles as he had a rather bad experience during a recent vaccination, and informed the doc about it. Fortunately, dom was “knocked” out with gas before the drip line was put in. for those who had done ops with GA/LA, the drip is inserted on the back of the hand and could be quite painful or/and sore. That’s exactly what I was so worried about.
At 11.15am, dom and chon wai went into the operating area (only 1 parent accompanied to operating theatre), within 10-15mins dom was “knocked” out and chonwai joined me at the recovery. Dom breathed in the gas deeply and did all the doc wanted him to do, he didn’t cry or fuss. I would have probably cried, that’s why I kept arrowing chon wai to go with him.
At 12noon, nurse called dom was already in recovery. My heart broke to see him lying on his stomach, sleeping the GA off. The poor boy had to undergo SURGERY at the tender age of 4.5yrs old, it doesn’t matter if circumcision was a common surgery, as a parent you wouldn’t want to see your child go thru any SURGERY at this young age.
Dom became fully awake at around 12.45pm, no complains of nausea or sore throat or pain.
He didn’t cry, just a bit blur. We fed him water, rose water, 1 lollipop (his 1st!), biscuit and ½ pack of strawberry milk. He took in all these, no vomiting. The post-op recovery was pretty good. We left after he peed.
Boring *Help* (19 apr 2010)
dom is not resting at home and everything is going well.
as expected, he is bored and keeps wanting us to play with him. i tried to engage him in some colouring, writing and playing on his own. it is ok if i am not working but a real challenge when i am off nite. lucky maid around to help.
watching tv is kept at minimum, he is quite addicted to watching tv. i let him watch an hour of seame street in the morning, so that all of us can get some chores done.
hopefully he will be well enough for school by next wk
it has been a while since we last saw Sin Yih and what a beauty she turned out to be! girls are always so cute.
there are lots of activities planned, dinner on sunday (16th, the day they arrived), family portrait on tue (18th), followed by dinner and probably another dinner before they leave on the 22nd.
sad to say that compared to the boys, Sin Yih is so much better behaved. dom has developed a bad habit of speaking like a 2yr old and is being constantly being "scolded". worried that it will be a permanent thing. the boys really go wild when they start to play and can get rather out of hand.
conclusion: girls are so much matured in both thinking and action. boys are forever stuck in their childhood, even in adulthood!
Bry Share Share (17 may 2010)
having said all the "negative" things about him, he does have a rather loving character and is always willing to share his food and toys. a big difference from dom. he is trying to share the crayons with po po.... unfortunately po po didn't want to take it...
Star Wars: Sengkang Version (24 may 2010)
we are faithfully watching the Star Wars:Clone Wars every saturday evenings and dom simply love the series. it is anime and 30mins long, full of funny looking characters and awesome spaceships. dom is always very excited to watch it and ask lots of questions about each episode,
most importantly, he is very inspired to build his very own Star Wars spaceships!
we bought some shapes that could be joined together to form different things, the boys used them to make guns, train tracks, supermarkets and now spaceships. the shapes do not allow for very complicated designs (supermarkets) and most of their works are single level designs.
dom managed to come up with rather complicated spaceships with no help from us. we simply left him with the shapes and he made all the different spaceships within 30mins. we are impressed by the design and complexity of each and couldn't resist to take some pics. so enjoy!
2 Cents = Millionaire? (30 may 2010)
dom asked me the other day why i did not buy him any puzzles books, he cited his classmate having a puzzles book and it was very interesting. my 4.5yr old is feeling the peer pressure to have the same items as his friends. OMG!! anyway, i told him i bought lots of books for him but he loses interest in them very fast and there is no way i am gonna allow myself to join the "books race".
later that day, i was out and there was a mini book fair by Kiddy Palace. spent some time looking thru the books and got 3 for dom, science and IQ books. thought these would last me for at least a month.
showed dom the new books and he was thrilled, kept flipping thru the pages and asking about how to do the activities. i gave him 1 book and kept the other 2. he brought it to school and finished the entire book in 1 day!!! unexpected!! he and his friends took turns doing the activities.
so now, poor mother me, has go "book hunting" again. i am really not into the book race, but didn't want him to feel left out. *sigh* poor me, poor wallet.
on the other hand, he seems to understand the problems/activities and could give the correct answers when i went thru with him. so it is still money well spent!
Bt Batok Reserve (14 jun 2010)
We hiked to the abandoned quarry where we are greeted by more of nature surprises and beauty. I personally like this tree growing by the quarry wall. It seems so amazing to find a strong tall tree standing proudly there, God’s creation. We saw many dragonflies and managed to capture one on film. It was rather docile and stayed on the leaf even when we were so close to it. Dom and ah gong saw a green dragonfly and he proudly announced that there are 2 coloured dragonflies around. A couple of kids were feeding 2 tortoises, there doesn’t seem to have any fishes living in the quarry pond. As we hiked down to the carpark, we saw some durians husk but didn’t see any durians up in the trees and saw a jackfruit. My favourite. I took some pics of flowers but the greatest discovery was the “White Crested Laugh Thrush”. We did see other kinds of birds but didn’t manage to capture on film. This is the best nature reserve trip. this is rather overdue. brought dom to library during his 2-wk MC and had it made. everything is so high tech and instant. just need to key in his BC number and name, wa la the card is made. Who Needs A Gym? (17 jun 2010)
We hiked to the abandoned quarry where we are greeted by more of nature surprises and beauty. I personally like this tree growing by the quarry wall. It seems so amazing to find a strong tall tree standing proudly there, God’s creation. We saw many dragonflies and managed to capture one on film. It was rather docile and stayed on the leaf even when we were so close to it. Dom and ah gong saw a green dragonfly and he proudly announced that there are 2 coloured dragonflies around. A couple of kids were feeding 2 tortoises, there doesn’t seem to have any fishes living in the quarry pond.
As we hiked down to the carpark, we saw some durians husk but didn’t see any durians up in the trees and saw a jackfruit. My favourite. I took some pics of flowers but the greatest discovery was the “White Crested Laugh Thrush”. We did see other kinds of birds but didn’t manage to capture on film. This is the best nature reserve trip.
this is rather overdue. brought dom to library during his 2-wk MC and had it made. everything is so high tech and instant. just need to key in his BC number and name, wa la the card is made. Who Needs A Gym? (17 jun 2010)
Who Needs A Gym? (17 jun 2010)
To infinity and beyond!
everyone has a "woody" in their life, it could be a toy, book, photo etc. something that you will hold on to, something that will forever be in your life. so what is your "woody"? i have mine and it is a old toy dog named "ah pound". i had it since 16th nov 1986. funny how i could never remembered dates, numbers but the 16/11/1986 seems to be engraved in my mind.
i still remembered the theme song "poundpuppy sad and lonely; take him home and be his one and only; poundpuppy the one and only puppy dog".
Zoo Trip 19 Jun 2010
went to the zoo on 19 jun 2010.
dom was so excited and ah gong wanted to buy him a book on animals but he wanted animal stickers instead. so the boys got a set of stickers each, dom's tigers and bry's doremone, and a file with animals' pictures.
we managed to see the otters, white tigers, wild boars, emu, kangroos, baboons (no pics), african goats (no pics), elephants, polar bear, rhino and an animal show on saving rainforest.
dom wanted to see some other animals but couldn't as we had to leave, promised him that we will be back soon and this time round we may just buy the tram tickets instead of walking around. there is even boat rides available, the zoo has really transformed itself and the trip was enjoyable even for a big kid like me!!
Sin Yih & Dom (20 jun 2010)
this was from Elder Bro and family trip. group photo.
this is cute little SinYih.... so cute!!!
你在玩水har? (24 jun 2010)