Tuesday, January 22, 2013

my first homemade bread

If you're in my fb friend list, you might have seen these photos. I'm reposting them on this blog to journal my cooking adventure :-)

This cinnamon bread is the first time I attempted to make bread. I baked a large batch and shaped them into muffin pans for easy freezing and reheating.

Delicious when it's hot out of the oven, fresh or reheated. We adults love them! My kids? They don't quite fancy the cinnamon taste so I may try with chocolate filling next :-). 

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

HQ's first year of school @ 2012

HQ has been attending a Chinese medium school for the whole of last year. Overall I am happy with how he's doing at school, but it would be great if someone has prep me earlier with what to expect.

Like all Chinese schools ( I presume), rules are pretty tight and canes are used liberally (for mistakes in ting xie, misbehaving, forgetting to bring book/ stationaries, forgetting to do homework, etc). His school also uses point system where any misbehavings will entitle for deduction of points. Any student with 40 points deducted during the 6 primary years will be expelled. HQ got 1 point deducted once for running, and he got caned twice, once for mistake in ting xie, and another time for overlooking one of his homework that he needed to do. I didn't lecture him because overall he has been pretty independent with his homework, ting xie, spelling, ejaan etc.

The school that HQ attends conducts exams 3 times a year, which was really stressful! Not for the kid but for me! His overall enthusiasm about school is wearing off... I guess when a kid has to go through examination so often, he didn't see the importance of it anymore. Or maybe it's a "new toilet syndrome" *sigh*

I feel that the standard for BM was pretty high although English language was simpler than what he learnt in kindy. For someone who is a banana like me, I couldn't assist at all for the papers done in Mandarin (Mandarin language, Maths and Science). How I wish I knew Mandarin!

Thankfully HQ did well in his 3 terms exams considering that we only started sending him to Mandarin enrichment classes since July.

However, the competition was unbelievable. For example, he was only 6 points short to getting full marks for all of his 5 exam papers, and he's already placed at the 60th position among all 480+ primary one students. And believe me, the examination standard for Primary 1 students is not low either.

Please share with me, mummies, I am wondering are all Chinese medium schools this competitive?  

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Friday, January 18, 2013

the brother

HQ is attentive and helpful with QQ, and of course a wonderful playmate too. Sometimes the kids do bicker, fight and tease, but overall they're great with each other. Which is why he has always been QQ's number one hero :-)

At times when I'm mad with QQ, HQ would be the peacemaker. Telling me that QQ is still a little girl, do not be angry with her and that she's sorry for what she has done. He will then coax QQ to stop crying/ fussing/ whining and to come and say sorry to me. Sometimes he made us shake hands, hug and kiss :-).

When QQ needs help or assurance,HQ would be the one offering it without her asking. "Meimei, come, let koko help you". Or "Koko do it for you, ok?". Or "Come, koko show you how yo do it. Now you try". There was once QQ was afraid to come down from the car because there were huge red ants crawling on the ground. HQ risked being bitten himself by going over and brought her down safely; "Don't worry meimei, hold koko's hand and we walk quickly."

What touched me was when QQ came home with good results from her kindy, HQ took money from his piggy bank and bought a cute red 3D Hello Kitty eraser from his school bookshop and gifted it to QQ as a reward. All his own initiative without any of us telling him too. I think that's just too sweet :-).

The other day when the kids were sleeping, hubs and I saw HQ sat up in the middle of his slumber. He looked around him for awhile and later crawled over to QQ. He then started stroking her head while mumbling something like "It's ok meimei, don't worry, koko is here". He then laid very close to QQ, hand over her chest and fell asleep thereafter. Such sweetness! He even dreams about taking care of his meimei in his sleep :-)))

And when they play, boy, things can go really crazy :-). They come up with funny ideas and are simply hilarious to watch :-D. Boy, do they laugh. Not the normal loud laugh, but the kind that leave them breathless and teary :-D (hubs and I will laugh with them, not knowing what they are laughing about haha). HQ is the only one that can make QQ laugh that way :-D.

I told hubs that when she grows up, she might marry the next man who can make her laugh like that :-)

I am so proud of my little guy, being mature and caring towards his little sister. I hope as they grow up, their relationship will blossom and they remain as best friends :-).

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

my happy boy

"I am happy everyday because:

Monday is the day I go to Robotics class (he loves Robotics :-))

Tuesday is the day I have PE at school and I get an ice-cream treat after school

Wednesday is a day before the last day of the week I attend tuition
(he attends Mandarin, Maths and Science tuitions as Mandarin is his weaker language and these subjects were all conducted in mandarin)

Thursday is the last day I attend tuition in a week

Friday is the last day of school in a week and weekend is coming!
(although he loves school very much, he looks forward to every weekend :-))

Saturday is the day I go for my swimming lesson
(he loves his swimming lessons)

And Sunday is the day I go for my wushu lesson!
(he also loves wushu very much)

So I'm happy everyday of the week :-D"

My dear son, I'm so thankful that you see little pleasures in life. Be happy always and remember papa and mama will always be there for you :-)

I am now taking him as example to remind myself why am i happy everyday :-D

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