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Cold Storage Kids Run 2016 – Running in the wind

May 25, 2016, 0 Comments

It was raining heavily the night before, so the morning was chilly. We were up earlier than usual, probably about 5am. The boys had prepared their jersey the night before were all very excited and nervous about the run. The eldest boy, now 9 is doing his first 1.6km run. We trained lesser this year, and practice sessions were often difficult because of the distance that he has to take. He ran about once a week, so he knew the drill.  But he was nervous about not being able to finish the run.  We advised him to start slow and…

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The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Mandarin version)

March 1, 2016, 0 Comments

We are back to catch this classic story in the mandarin version. As a family who faces challenges in our mandarin, we try to make fun and relevant for the children in whatever ways we can. Watching live performances is one of the most non intrusive way children pick up languages, as beautiful stage works and lively songs and dances captivates young audience naturally. Even with a new mandarin cast, Singapore Repertory Theatre’s The Little Company seldom disappoints. They delivered a stella performance with impressive adapted lyrics, beautiful diction and dance steps. The mandarin show was also more interactive than…

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Birth Story

April 1, 2015, 0 Comments

Isn’t it lovely to have a birth story to look back at? I told myself I have to put this down no matter what. I remember every one of my children’s birth. They were as distinct as their personalities, and they were memorable. Pregnant four times, with two miscarriages and having gone through 4 seasons of morning sickness, I often wondered why I keep on trying. I don’t have much tolerance for physical discomfort, but I love babies. At about 2 months of gestation, my husband and I discovered that I was carrying a baby girl.  We were pleasantly surprised,…

Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Mandarin)

March 17, 2015, 0 Comments

(Guest blogger: Grandma) This review is done by the boys’ Grandmother.  The boys were delighted to have their grandma take them to the musical as I stayed home with my newborn. Our family watched past year’s Mandarin musical, “Three Little Pigs” and was impressed with Singapore Repertory Theatre’s original composition and witty dialogues. Don’t miss this wonderful musical by the talented team at SRT! What better way to pique our childrens’ interest in mandarin with songs and drama.   Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Mandarin) runs from 11 – 29 March 2015 at DBS Arts Centre – Home of SRT…

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Psssst! Wassup?

August 21, 2014, 0 Comments

This is a short post about a long journey, and one which explains my disappearance from the blogosphere for the past couple of months. Well… it all started with sinus. I don’t usually have sinus and it is pretty annoying when the nose is constantly blocked for no apparent reason. The next thing I knew I am feeling queasy over certain food when suddenly I threw up one day during lunch. Yep… you guessed it, its a bun in the oven! 5 pregnancies and 3rd kid on the way. Does life offers trials? Yes, in most cases. But for me,…

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Dyson Cool – Powerful and Quiet

August 19, 2014, 0 Comments

Our boys don’t sleep in air-conditioned rooms. We use the air-conditioner to cool the room and then switch it off after two hours. We believe it is better when we keep the windows open, fresh air is best. We’ve had several fans throughout the years. The traditional ones we had were the standing fans with blades that requires a wipe down once every week or so to keep it dust-free. We didn’t have to do it before kids, but when the boys came along, and with frequent use, it became quite a chore.  So we bought a tower fan, thinking…

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What are we depriving them of, really?

April 1, 2014, 0 Comments

Are students spending too much time on co-curricular activities (CCA)? Has our the society become so competitive that schools too are competing how many CCAs they can offer, and what CCAs are they best known for? Is it just sleep deprivation that we are robbing our children of? As some parents have reported, their children are leaving homes as early as 5.30am, only to reach home at 7pm, at least three times a week. That leaves them little time to catch up on their homework and even less time spent with the family. I have heard of stories where it…

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Beyond Sacrifical Love

March 14, 2014, 0 Comments

We fight, we squabble over trivial things and God forbid we utter the “D” word in our marriage. I’m afraid it is Yes to all of the above. Of all the things we did and did not do, plus the intervention of the divine and of in-laws, there is but one thing we did that saved our marriage. The husband and I are as different as night and day. He was working out at home today, he said that piece of equipment he got for a few months now, was to strengthen his core muscles. I sat next to him…

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You bounced!

February 8, 2014, 0 Comments

You bounce right out, you were fast, without a doubt and you still are 5 years on, you and your scooter, ahead of us I had to hold my breath while I hear my own heartbeat just to see if you remembered what I said because I don’t do reminders and I don’t do nag you did and you stopped before the traffic lights but, not good enough you cut it too close you were asked to stand by the wall not to move because it is bedtime not circus time son, no bouncing I said so back to that…

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Mammoth task of organising

January 27, 2014, 0 Comments

If you’re a mum, you know there are endless organisation around the house. The kitchen; shelves for baking utensils, containers for various types of flour, there are at least five different types. And, yes, I painstakingly label each flour outside their containers. Then there are noodles; vermicelli, pasta variety, Chinese noodles, Japanese noodles snacks etc. Next comes snacks; biscuits, cereals, nuts, waffles, pancakes, seaweed, seeds etc. Rice variety;sushi rice, brown rice, white rice etc.Desserts packets etc. Laundry, detergents, all cleaning agents. My pet peeve has got to be plastic bags. Big ones, medium ones, small ones. There are those used…