Saturday, September 29, 2012

some chitter-chatter

Ever since I fetch QQ home from kindy these days, we get to spend good quality times together. I really love our chats in the car; often infused with sme good-natured jokes, merry laughter and lots of singing. Here are some of the conversations we had (some of them I've posted on my FB wall), which I thought of posting them here too for keepsake :-).

Discussing marriage with my 5 year old girl:
QQ: Why do people get married?

Me: Because they love each other and want to spend their lives together.
QQ: There are also people who didn't marry right, like "tai gu po" (grand aunt)? Why?

Me: Yes, some people do not get married because they didn't meet someone they love and suitable to get marry to.
QQ: When I grow up, I don't want to get marry.
Me: You are too young to decide now. When you grow up, you will meet a lot of boys, and you may fall in love with a nice good man that is suitable to be your husband.
QQ: Get married already must go and stay with the husband! I don't want to stay away from you! *teary*
Me: Oh, we can stay close together and we can always visit each other :-)
QQ: I don't want to get married. So disgusting! Have to kiss-kiss one! *teary again*
Okay, i better stop her from watching Disney princess movies for now...

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QQ asked me on our ages; mine, hubs', my sis, my brother-in-law, my dad, my mum, my brother, and sister-in-law. Her conclusion:
QQ: Ohhh... the boy must be bigger (older) than the girl when get married isn't? Except for Kiu Kiu and Kiu Nyiong.
(All of the husbands are older than the wives for the ages discussed above, except for my brother and my sister-in-law who are the same ages. Kiu Kiu = my brother; Kiu Nyiong = my sister-in-law)
She continued:
QQ: I know why Kiu Kiu and Kiu Nyiong are same age. Because Kiu Kiu don't want to bend down his head when he and Kiu Nyiong kiss-kiss together.
(Coincidently all of the husbands discussed above are taller than the wives, EXCEPT my brother and my sister-in-law who are about the same height. So QQ's conclusion was same age = same height. She thinks we grown ups are still growing! LOL!! She and her own conclusions! My funny little girl :-))) 
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When i went to fetch QQ from her kindy that day, she was reminding me about her photo day to be held today:
QQ: Tomorrow we are taking photo at school. So we have to wake up early tomorrow.
Me: That's a good idea. That will give us more time to tie your hair nicely for the photo shoot.
QQ: And to wear make-up for me.
Me: Did your teacher say you need to wear make-up?
QQ: No... But when they see how pretty I am with make-up, it will remind them to put make-up for other children also.

LOL!!!
  ............................................................................................................ HQ is home with us for the UPSR break the other week, which is nice :-). QQ was doing her homework from kindy the other day, while HQ sat opposite her. He was drawing a picture for her and asked her for her input:
HQ: Mei Mei, who's your favourite hero?
QQ: You.
HQ: *tsk*
QQ: Yes wat! You always look after me and protect me from insects!
That just made my day :-D


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Sunday, September 2, 2012

ballet

QQ has been asking to go for ballet lessons for sometime. I was trying to find a class that coincides with HQ's either Robotics or wushu class (to save time), and was really delighted when the dancing school that QQ goes to has one that's convenient for us.

And of course I go with her! Every class! I love the anticipation that shines through her eyes before every class. We're often the first pair to arrive; she begs to go earlier every time! She hums and twirls in her ballet outfit, insisting that she puts every piece on by herself (of course I helped her along, discreetly :-))

I'll peep through the glass pane, but she's so engrossed in her lessons she barely notices me. I see cute tiny bumps going up and down while doing the plie, plump little legs running on tiptoes, sweet little faces and lots and lots of giggling! Oh the adorable-ness! (is there such a word? Heh!).

For keepsake I've taken a few shots of her getting dressed in the fitting room. Would be darling to show her these when she grows up :-).

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

tying her own hair

Look, she tied her hair on her own! Nobody actually taught her, so i guess she learned the skill based on her own observation and experiments. Albeit a little messy, it's a good start :-)

QQ - 5 years old at the time picture was taken.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

as different as day and night

I brought mum and HQ to the fish market one Friday morning. While mum and I were choosing the fresh array of fishes, HQ too was busy feeling, touching, poking the different types of fishes and other shelled sea creatures. While asking a lot of questions. After paying for our fishes for the week, the fishmonger's helper cleaned the fishes for us.

HQ watched intently as the helper scaled the fishes, slit the bellies open and pulled out whatever's inside. He instantly asked me whether he can bring the scales, gills and innards home, so that he can "learn from them". He said he wanted to separate them to see the different components, compare them to see the differences between fishes and to dissect them to see what's inside. Eeww... Of course I refused his request. They're so dirty, smelly and full of germs! (On second thought, I should have said yes as it's really a good way of learning since he's so keen).

After I sent mum home and we reached our home, I just chucked the cleaned fishes into the fridge to be washed again later. HQ took his bath, ate his lunch and went to school.

So, HQ has always been curious about animals. While QQ will squirm and squeal when faced with cold and yucky things, HQ will relish in the experience and will not bat an eyelid.
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After QQ came back home and taken her lunch, I took out the fishes from from the fridge to be washed, and put into different containers to be frozen according to different meals. QQ came over to take a look. She saw me washing the fishes, with their heads intact and all. She was very quiet for awhile, then said while looking at the fishes with big wet eyes:

QQ: I know food (fish and meat) is good for us, but they are so pity (for the animals). I wish I don't have to eat them (fish and meat) anymore :'(

Ok, my fault. After this previous incident, I have been very careful in serving her fish... cannot let her see fish heads, bones or skin. Only the flesh of the fishes is fine. Now I reminded her of this "unpleasant activity" of cleaning fishes again :-s

She has voiced out that she rather not eat meat or fish and just eat vegetables, but I'm not ready to start her on being a vegetarian yet. Not now at a growing stage and so young an age. I'll let her make her own decision when she's older.

See how a simple activity of buying and cleaning fishes can produce such different responses from my two children? :-)

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Datuk or Datin

Hubs and I were discussing how our national diver, Pandelela Rinong won a bronze medal for our country during the 2012 Olympic. We both agreed that she deserves to be awarded the Datukship. 

I then wondered aloud why women are awarded the "Datuk" title and not "Datin". Why is it that their husbands do not automatically enjoy the Datuk title? Like how it is when a man is awarded the Datuk title, the wife automatically becomes a Datin. 

QQ who overheard exclaimed: 

QQ: When a man is a datuk (Malay: grandfather), the wife is nenek (Malay: grandmother)!!! My Teacher teach me one!

Ok, haha, you're right, dearie! LOL!

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Friday, August 10, 2012

big brother

My kids love their cousins to bits. When they come from Singapore for holidays or for functions, my kids will be glued to them :-).

HQ and Rafa get along especially well. Here's some of the pictures taken of them together :-)

Aren't they sweet? :-)

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

"farn tong"

One day after QQ's birthday, we had a birthday celebration for my 70-year-old Dad. Happy Birthday, Dad!!! Wish you have a long, blessed and healthy life!!! :-D.

Here's what some of the dishes that we had for the celebration dinner:







Of the above and other yummy dishes that we had, what do you think our little QQ insisted on?


Her mandatory (and favourite!) plate of white rice! *pengsan*

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Monday, August 6, 2012

compassion

While I was driving QQ home from her kindy, we drove past a section of the road where a construction of fixing some water pipes was being carried out. The road was thus closed at one side, and vehicles coming from both directions had to take turns using the one lane. A construction worker stood in the middle of the road signaling the vehicles to pass the narrow road. Our conversation:

QQ: What is that man doing?
Me: Oh, he's signaling for the cars to take turns to pass the narrow road.
QQ: Is he working? Why can't he work in a(n) office with air-cond like Papa?
Me: If he works in the air-cond room, how would he be able to help us signal which cars to pass?
QQ: Oh, he's is so poor (thing). It's a hot day and the sun is soooo hot! But he has to stand in the middle of the road to help us. So poor (thing)! 

And as we passed the guard house, QQ again mentioned:

QQ: The guard is very poor (thing) too. Has to work under the sun to help us open the gate. So poor thing. This guard and that man just now are good people.

So I took the opportunity to tell her why we should respect all people and their different occupations. I also pointed out how some people have the opportunity to work in comfortable offices and how others have to work in uncomfortable conditions. Hope she gets my message :-).  
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On sighting two dead cockroaches in the kitchen that morning, I bought a box of cockroach trap before going to fetch QQ. When QQ saw the pictures of cockroaches on the box, she asked: 

QQ: Oh, I know... you bought some toys for Koko (big brother). It's cockroach and insects right? 
Me: No, these are traps to catch cockroaches. 
QQ: GASP!!! 
Me: Why, what's wrong??? 
QQ: Why do you want to catch them???
Me: Of course we need to catch them. Cockroaches cause diseases and make people sick.
QQ: And then you will let them go?
Me: Of course not. I'll just throw the trap away.
QQ: But they just need a place to stay! 
Me: But cockroaches cannot stay the same house with us. They're full with germs and make people sick. 
QQ: They just need a place to stay! I know! Why not we build a house for them? A small one outside our house?
Me: Oh no... they will still come into the house for food. 
QQ: Then we feed them. 
Me: They will have babies and when there are so many, they will still come in the house. 
QQ: Then we feed them more food.
Me: Then they'll get more and more, and it will be dangerous for our health.

She then kept very quiet. I took the opportunity to explain to her while it's correct not to harm animals, it is important that we keep harmful pests away, and if need be, kill them. She then made me promise to only kill harmful pests like cockroaches, flies, mosquitoes and rats.   

While I'm glad that she has a compassionate heart, I hope this will be her strength instead of her being taken advantage of.

QQ: 5y 2w old.

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

changes

There are some changes around here... mainly on our schedules and my new role of a full time mum. Yes, I've left the corporate world to be a full time mum now :-).

Due to difference in logistics, transportation arrangement and some other changes, we have to make adjustments to our schedules as well. The kids are getting used to the new arrangement and are just so great and understanding.

I have been a working mum for 7 years, and everyday in those 7 years have not brought me as much joy and peace as I am experiencing now.

I must say my work had brought me great satisfaction, exposure, and independence. But in the context of a mum who is working, I have never felt so guilty - I felt guilt when I left my kids with my mum as I go to work, guilty when I took work leave to be with my kids knowing fully the amount of work accumulating on my work desk, guilty when I stay to entertain clients on evenings when I should be home with my kids, guilty when I have to say no to classes which my kids have requested (no one to ferry them around).

Since being a full time mum, I wake up earlier, cook more, rush a lot more, and my me time has virtually zeroed down to only after the kids' bedtime, which by that time I'm already too knackered to do anything than sleep. But I spend a lot more quality time with my kids. Hubs and I eat healthier cos we eat a lot more home-cooked food. I have more bonding opportunities with my kids. We talk a lot more. We share a lot more. We sing a lot more. And the kids fought a lot less.

Fulfilling the wish of my 7 year old to be a "home mama" (as how he termed it) is one thing that I wish to do since a very long time ago. My kids are happy. And I am at peace. At peace because I do not have to depend on another person to attend to my kids. At peace because the energy, effort and time, which I spent to building someone else's business, is now invested on my own beloved children. At peace because I am now doing what I am supposed to do as a mama :-).

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

favourite reading position :-)


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Monday, July 23, 2012

haeun khon korean restaurant

There is this dining place that hubs brought me recently, which I really like. Prices were pretty reasonable, and food was really great. Right up to my palate :-)

I saw many Koreans dining there, so i thought food must be quite authentic in taste. The restaurant was full to the brim too eventhough it was a weekday. There's also a few Japanese items on the menu.


Here's what we ordered during our first trip there... Korean barbecued chicken set and Japanese chicken teriyaki set.


The bill only came up to RM30+ including drinks. So each set is priced at RM14.90.

The next visit we went was with our kids on a weekend. We ordered the teriyaki set again, 2 sets of fried rice (Japanese and Korean), and one kimchi soup set.

We have seen the fried rice on almost every table, and it sure proved to be very tasty. RM7.90 for the huge set.


I didn't take picture of the teriyaki set this time as it was already taken during our previous trip. As for the kimchi soup set, it was simply delish with a right level of spiciness, sweetness, and sourness. I simply love it so much!

As expected we didn't get to finish the food. Will only order 3 sets next time when we go as a family :-)

Haeun Khon Restaurant is located at the top floor of Amcorp Mall, PJ. It's a few shops away from Book eXcess.

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

QQ turns 5! :-)

My precious daughter QQ turns five yesterday!

My hope for you, sweetheart, is for you to grow up healthy and strong, happy and blessed :-)

What you're doing now at five:
:: you are a very happy and easy-going child
:: you are now 18.6kg and 115cm in height
:: you love pink colour, broccoli, hard boiled egg, plain white rice, butter, frilly dresses, and hot milo :-)
:: you love singing, dancing, reading and playing princess
:: you dote to your elder korkor, who's your hero and best friend
:: you are understanding and reasonable, like for example you had to miss your kindy trip to a chocolate factory due to high fever, cough and wheezing. The trip was on your birthday, and even though you really looked forward to it as your birthday treat, and were deeply upset, you took it well.
:: you read well on your own; silently now :-)
::
even though you love company, you enjoy playing on your own too
:: you have a funny habit of feeling the end of your sleeves in between your thumb and forefinger when falling asleep. Sometimes you love to brush your face against mama's sleeves too :-)
::
you have a fiery temper, emotional, a sweetheart, and fun to be with :-)


Happy Birthday, my sweet QQ. All of us love you very very much! :-D


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Saturday, July 14, 2012

adding greens to the home


I have this money plant pictured below for close to 5 years, and it was kept in my office all this while. Now it's residing in one corner of my kitchen, and from how it's adjusting, I think it's pretty happy with it's new home :-)

I saw this lovely blue and white shallow dish in a plant nursery one day, and I simply got to have it. I just love the colour combination! Just after 2 weeks of stucking some money plant cuttings in it, I see some new shoots :-). The other pot next to it is not porcelain actually, but a cookie tin :-P. Yes, I bought that pot of butter cookies just because I love the tin that comes with it (well, the cookies are quite yummy too) :-).


I am also more diligent in renewing the flowers at my praying altar on a weekly basis. Of the many types that I've tried, these chrysanthemums are my favourite :-)

After one week, although the leaves have dried up, the blooms are still full and fresh. I do not have the heart to throw them, so I cut the stems shorter, and left them in a smaller vase in the kitchen :-)

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

no longer wants to be a princess (when she grows up)

Hubs was telling QQ about the Duck Tour (a bus that can run on land and water). Hubs said that when she grows up, cars might be able to fly as well.

QQ: When I grow up, I want to be a scientist. I want to check out how they can do it. I will work as a scientist and only come back and visit you on holidays.



Me: Why come back only on holidays?

I was expecting her to say that she would have gotten married and stay with her husband.

QQ: Because a scientist have to work very far away. I will have my adventures and you wait for me at home.

Still a month shy from being 5, and she's already thinking of jilting me. LOL!!!

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

her "acrobatic" moves :-)

As part of Father's Day celebration, we watched Magadascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. The kids loved the movie; even hubs and myself enjoyed it :-).


So there's these swinging trapeze, dancing on the tight ropes, and acrobatic moves done by the circus team. For kids who initially thought circuses are all about animals' tricks and nothing about acrobatic moves (can only be done by men in reality), they were impressed! 

So the other night, when HQ has slept, QQ imitated the circus moves that she saw in the movie. After awhile, she grew tired, and started making 2 figurines, that she had with her in the room, walked on tight ropes and doing some acrobatic moves instead. With her as the platform @@. She insisted that I snap photos of her. So I thought why not share some of them here, for her to see when she grows up :-)

QQ at 4y 11m old. Can't believe she's growing so fast!!!  

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"It's a dangerous business, going out your door,
you step on to the road, and if you don't keep your feet,
there's no knowing where you might be swept off to."

Bilbo Baggins, The Lord of the Rings 


This has been my favourite quote for a very long time :-) 
Can't wait to hop and skip out of THAT door :-D 


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Thursday, June 14, 2012

have you...

have you ever felt you wanted something very badly,
for a very long time,
and when it's finally right in front of you,
you feel that you're not ready for it?

and because it means so much to you,
you're afraid you might just screw it up,
and it didn't turn out to be as perfect as you have dreamed?
  
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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

HQ's first robotics competition

From March this year, HQ attends Robotics class in school for 2 hours every Saturday. He loves this class from the start :-). For this school holidays, the school organised a Robotics competition and HQ was one of the 7-year-old chosen to compete.

The competition was a grueling 3-hour event for 3 continuous days. HQ came home exhausted and hungry everyday. He even took afternoon naps (which he never does anymore since he's 3 unless he's really knackered)!  

On the second day of the competition, he developed a nasty fever. Bummer! We told him that it's alright if he wants to stay home and not continue with the competition. But he wanted to attend so we let him after a dose of Paracetamol. 

We were already happy that this event had already done good to him; as an eye-opener and a beneficial holiday programme - cut down his TV time by 3 hours a day at least! Ha!

After the third day of competition, HQ came back with a throphy recognizing his outstanding performance. We knew this meant a lot to him, and we're really happy for him. We hope he will continue loving his Robotics classes :-).

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

eighth

we're celebrating our eighth year anniversary today, and entering our ninth year of marriage!

wooo... where did the years go? :-)

happy anniversary, honey and here's to many many more years of us... :-D

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Monday, May 28, 2012

he made me promise

HQ: Mama, can you promise me something?

Me: Yes, what is it?

HQ: If you are in my school, or anywhere near my school, please please please remember not to hug me or kiss me ok? 

Me: Why? *amused* 

HQ: Because if my friends see you hugging or kissing me, they will laugh at me. They will die of laughing! So pleeeeeeease promise not to do that ok? 

I'm tickled by his request, but at the same time hoping that this request will not come at all :-). I know this is quite common among kids his age; do you just agree to your kid's request, or feign forgetfulness to steal a peck or two? :-) 

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Kidzania - QQ's experience

Back-dated post (4th March 2012 - Sunday)
You can read HQ's Kidzania experience by clicking on the link. 

QQ's Kidzania Experience
(QQ was cheperoned by Mama and pictures were taken by both Papa and Mama)

I have briefed the kids a few days before about our Kidzania trip, and they were pretty excited about it. QQ was seen writing down the events since early that morning. She needed us to spell many of the words for her, and althought the events were written chronologically, she forgot to note down the time :-).

QQ as Alice (Not)
QQ wanted to be a Princess, and so I told her she might have the chance to be a Princess at the Theatre. So we went. By the time we reached, the room was already packed to the brim. QQ was led in and I waited outside with other parents.

Turn out the play that they're going to act out was "Alice in Wonderland". I saw QQ picking up little balls with different roles written on them from a Santa Clause hat, and at each ball, my little QQ shook her head. QQ wanted to be a Princess, but of course there's no such role. In the end, the attendant brought an Alice dress and coaxed QQ to take up the role as Alice. QQ relunctantly agreed.

QQ clad in the Alice's dress; which is way too big for her. Photo was taken from the tiny glass pane on the wooden door, and enlarged. 

As we parents waited outside, we could only take glimpses at our kids through the little glass panes on the wooden doors. Seeing QQ rehearsing her speech with the attendant, I decided to step away and visit other booths to check out the schedules for other jobs.

I was gone for some time and by the time I came back, I found QQ sobbing while the attendant tried to cheer her up. Oh dear, oh dear... I quickly went in. QQ caught sight of me and ran to me, hugging me tightly. While I was away, she wanted a drink of water and came out looking for me with the attendant. She could not find me and got worried that I have left without her. Thus the sobbing.

My poor girl, she was so worked up and eventhough she was briefed of the Alice role, she didn't want to be away from me anymore. She said she didn't want to be in the play, but she wanted to watch the play. And so, we sat throughout the play; QQ as one of the spectator instead.


QQ the Painter
QQ wanted to take up the Teacher job at the School, but that department was not open yet. As we walked along, we passed the Art School, and she wanted to paint. After paying 5 Kidzos, she sat there happily painting away.
Enjoying one of her favourite activities... QQ has always loved painting! :-)
I stood outside to wait for her; this time, I made sure she could see where I was. She kept turning to where I was, just to check if I was there. She must be traumatized from the earlier incident.


QQ got a Face Painting
After the painting session, QQ spotted a face painting booth opposite the Art School and wanted to check it out. She was excited about getting her face painted and she choose a lovely rainbow. This cost her 30 Kidzos. The wait was long but worth it :-). 
Here's our happy girl with her rainbow :-)

QQ the Manicurist
After the face painting, QQ wanted to get a body art sticker. I reminded her of her depleted funds and suggested that she should take up a job to earn more Kidzos. After walking around for awhile, she wanted to be a Manucurist.

The queue was long and the wait was even longer. Moreover to work for the salon, we got to look for QQ's customer. Luckily 2 little sisters wanted to get manicures and QQ quickly hook up with the younger sister.
Very happy doing her job :-).

QQ the little Chef
After earning her first paycheque as a Manicurist, QQ said she wanted to do more jobs. She had changed her mind about getting a body art that she wanted earlier. For now, she wanted to cook. So we waited for a long time outside the Ayam Brand Cooking School. Here, she paid another 10 Kidzos for her cooking lesson.
QQ wrapping her sandwich that she made in foil. The sandwich ended up looking like pickeld vegetables (ham choi) :-S

At 3.00pm, we met up hubby and HQ, and we left for a late lunch at Ying Ker Lou Hakka Restaurant and ice cream as dessert at The Curve. Hung out a little bit at MPH Bookstore before we left for home.

From here, we noticed that while HQ was busy earning Kidzos and was ever so careful with his hard-earned Kidzos, QQ here nearly spent all her Kidzos without batting an eyelid :-) 

QQ was 4y 7m old that time.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

HQ turns Sev7n!

HQ turns seven on 19th May 2012 (Saturday)!

It was in between the exam week (exam starts on 14th May and last till the following week on 21st May), and so we did a mini celebration at school on 18th May (Friday).

The classroom was crammed with tables and chairs as the kids were all seated singlarly for the exams. The kids were so happy singing birthday songs, eating cakes and receiving bags of party packs (Angry Birds theme!). Can see that HQ was super happy too, and that night, he thanked hubs and me for having the celebration in school for him :-).   


Cropped from the only video that I took while the kids sang birthday songs. I forgot the lighter, so candles were not used. HQ was acting cool there, happy but refraining himself from smiling too wide... haha! And of course, his little sister had to be there :-).
On HQ's actual birthday, which was a Saturday, he attended his enrichment classes like usual. So, meals were taken in between classes at all his favourite places :-). McDonalds' Happy Meal for breakfast, fish & chips and seafood spaghetti at Ice Room for lunch, and loads of ebiko sushi, tempura and nabeyaki udon for dinner. Cakes for dessert :-). As he still has another paper to sit on Monday (Science and Technology in Mandarin), HQ did his last-minute revision at home on Sunday.  
I hope these 2 kiddos will become the best of friends when they grow up :-)

Papa and kids... birthday boy sure looks happy there :-)
Mama and kids... QQ was getting sleepy :-)
Seven sure sounds like a huge number, and my boy seems so grown up now :').

He's funny, sensitive, thoughtful, and still a big ball of energy all the time! He's sweet, intelligent, and growing into a little man whom we're proud of :-).

Right now he's doing the followings:
 
- HQ loves school, the freedom school offers and his friends from school. His good friends are Jason and Vincent, but his best friend is Tai Chee Sing.

- HQ has started enrichment classes in school. He loves his Robotics and Mental Arithmatic classes, both held on Saturdays. He will be starting Wushu class as well in June, held on Sundays.

- On a typical school day, HQ reaches Popo's home from school at about 7pm. Right after kicking off his shoes, socks and school shirt (he wears a singlet underneath), he will dig out his homework to do. While having his dinner. He's always very kanjiong about his homework and makes sure he finishes them before taking his bath.  

- He still surprises us with his thoughtfulness and sweetness, like when he bought a rose for me on Mother's Day using his own pocket money. On Teachers' Day, he did the same for his teachers... buying 4 red pens worth RM 0.50 each for 4 teachers (spread over two days to purchase) :-D.

- HQ is stubborn and has a neck of steel. No bribe, threats or coaxes works when he set his mind on something. He will listen to our reasonings, but he will still try to do things his own way. After he has tried and he saw that his way doesn't work, only then he will consider our suggestions. So, basically, this kid of mine prefers to learn things through trials and errors o.O"

- His school conducts Di Zi Gui mini classes for 15 minutes every day before school starts, and I can see its effect rubbing on him. Mum reported to me that one day my Aunt and her daughter (my cousin) came to visit. After greeting the visitors politely, HQ went to to the kitchen, washed two glasses, poured water into the glasses, served the drinks to the visitors, and asked them politely to drink. Without being told! And we have never ask him to take drinks for visitors, so this is purely based on his own initiative. He only started playing with my niece after serving the drinks. He made his Popo and Gong Gong very proud that evening :-)

Happy Birthday, my big boy HQ! Grow up healthy, strong and happy! Papa, Mama, Meimei, Gong Gong and Popo love you very very much!

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

QQ asked us a riddle

HQ has been asking us riddles and telling us jokes that he read from the Internet (don't worry, they're decent jokes from American kids' sites, not those dodgy ones :-))

Some of the jokes and riddles are meant for older kids, and we need to explain them to him so that he fully understands them, especially those with puns. Once the kids understand the jokes, we had a good time laughing. Though the jokes and riddles are quite silly sometimes, the kids had fun :-).  

QQ picked up some of them and has been telling them with some forgotten words, which made them quite funny in her own way :-D.

Encouraged by our responses, one day, out of nowhere, QQ MADE UP her own riddle.

QQ: Do you know why KLCC is called KLCC?

We tried:
Because it represents Kuala Lumpur City Centre?
Because it is located at the city centre of Kuala Lumpur?

HQ tried:
Because people go there to see-see things?  (CC = see-see = direct translation from 看看)

All of us were wrong.

Here's QQ's "correct" answer:
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QQ: Because KLCC is full of sissies!!!  :-D

CC = sissy (get it? get it?)

;-)

QQ was approximately 4y 6m old that time.

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Kidzania - HQ's experience

Back-dated post (4th March 2012 - Sunday)

I was over the moon when I learned that Kidzania is opening in KL. I read about Kidzania in Jakarta sometime ago from this mummy's blog, and I knew it's a place where my kids would love to go :-). What's more exciting is, Kidzania KL was doing a promo then and giving out free tickets! (Note: This promo is over, so got to buy tickets from now on).

For info, Kidzania is described as a kiddos' world. There's jobs to apply for where kids earn Kidzos (Kidzania's currency), and places to spend them as well. The little city is realistically designed, only that everything is in kid-size. Well, that's my description, but you can find more info here.

Just for notes:
HQ's dream occupation at the moment - Secret Agent
QQ's dream occupation at the moment - Princess (duh... sometimes she'll say Teacher, but most of the time, it's Princess)

At the registration counter that day, we saw Chin Nee and her family :-). Here's her account of Kidzania at her blog.

Having about 30 minutes to spare before we start, we went to McDonalds. Which was a good thing as hubs haven't taken his breakfast. While hubby chomped away, the kids pored over the map and circled the jobs that they want to take up.
Since both kids have distinctively different interests, we decided to split, HQ and Papa in a team, and QQ and Mama team.
HQ circling the jobs that he wanted to take up.

First stop was the bank, where each kid banked out 50 Kidzos. Can't wait to start playing!
Kids with their 50 Kidzos banked out
As the kids went seperate ways, cheperoned by an adult, I'll blog their experiences seperately.

HQ's Kidzania Experience
(HQ was cheperoned by Papa and pictures were taken by Papa)

HQ the CSI officer
HQ wanted to take up the job of Secret Agent, but unfortunately that department was not ready yet. So he took up something close, a CSI officer. 
Having a briefing on their tasks.

HQ with his first paycheck! Can't wait for his "REAL" first paycheck... hahaha!
HQ was very interested with the CSI scope of work, in fact he said that this is his favourite job of all other jobs he's taken up in Kidzania. Mainly, I think it is because it involved solving a mystery, understanding how it works (case briefing + structured way (kind of) of solving a case), some similarity to be a Secret Agent and wearing some cool gears :-) 

HQ the Wall Climber
Next, HQ scaled the high wall to the top. He was so happy that he was just over the height limit and allowed to climb. Although he lose his grip once and was left dangling in the air, he said he enjoyed this immensely too :-).
Step by step to the top!

HQ the Fire Fighter

The job involved a briefing, a tour in the fire engine while chanting "Kidzania Fire Fighter!", and spraying a heck lot of water to save the "burning" hotel. The burning was realistic with flames and sound effects of screams, windows breaking, etc.

HQ couldn't help it but remarked "They should make fake burning at other buildings too, not keep burning and burning this same hotel. Not real at all."

Spraying water on the "burning" hotel

HQ the Painter
Some time to sit down and do some quiet painting before he started off with other jobs. He was out of that painting academy soon enough :-).  


HQ the Prosecutor
HQ took up a job at the Court as a Prosecutor. That's him fighting his "case" :-).


HQ the Courier Guy 
HQ worked for Poslaju and was seen running around delivering packages and getting their sign offs :-).  


At 3.00pm when we're ready to leave, HQ had a total of 85 Kidzos (he started off with 50 Kidzos, earn some and spend some, thus leaving 85 Kidzos). There's a face painting booth, and HQ actually wanted to get his face painted with a gecko. But seeing that it will make him 30 Kidzos poorer, he decided not to. Starting to have money concious already :-).

Many times, we found many kids line up to wait for their turns without realising that the job has closed/ numbers ran out/ they need to do something else elsewhere in order to secure the job. It's frustrating and a waste of time. Instead of relying on kids and parents to ask for details, Kidzania should look into improving communication by putting up proper and clear notices/ signs, as well as a better queueing and numbering system.

Nevertheless, HQ had fun and gained some ideas on how economies work. Since then, he has been pestering us for another trip. When we told him that we cannot go to Kidzania often (pricey tickets!), only for special occassions, we were very surprised to find out that he started saving his pocket money for a trip to Kidzania! Not just saving for his own ticket, but for all four of us! :-D   


HQ was 6y 9m old that time.

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