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Run run run

May 20, 2013, 0 Comments

Yesterday was such a milestone for the boys. It was the first time they worked hard at something and got a medal! We were so thankful to be invited to participate in this fun and healthy family event at Cold Storage Kids Run 2013. To be honest, I don’t even run. The furthest distance I did was 2.4km in my secondary school days and although I secured gold for physical fitness for four years then, I am still quite convinced I have fins. The boys jogs once a week with the hubs, and then twice a week the hubs jogs…

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Starting over

February 26, 2013, 5 Comments

I am reminded that when God chooses a King, he looks for the heart. (1 Samuel 16) That is one of the reason where character training is so important. When a child goes into a store and is hungry, aptitude tells him he needs to get a snack bar or a sandwich, attitude will tell him he needs to pay for it. Why are so many high level executives caught in corruption and embezzlement? They are the ones who are taking home a 5-figure salary but somewhere, somehow there seems to be an opportunity to take home even more without…

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Christmas & Grateful kids

November 27, 2012, 4 Comments

I don’t know about you, but the world is literally screaming “Shopping!” come Christmas every year. Kids are going “Yeah… I’m going to get presents!” So much about the true meaning of Christmas. I have a confession. Actually one of the most coveted items I have on my list today is the Note II. With my Galaxy S,  I am already doing so much, I can only imagine how powerful Note II is. I could possibly make my life go so much faster with the convenience it brings. Instead, I think the hubs got me a laptop. He said it…

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Siblings Unity

November 14, 2012, 0 Comments

The day the boys were BOTH into cars, trains, bus and all sorts of vehicles was the day they start fighting. As they say, siblings who fight often, also ends up being closer to one another.   I don’t know how true is that, but I hope that their fight wasn’t malicious. I certainly do not think negative feelings that were generated throughout the years can produce a harvest of love! I suppose the one of the distinctions between first borns, onlies and latter borns are that first borns and onlines came into the world thinking the world belongs to them…

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Being a mum…

October 9, 2012, 1 Comment

An Interview with Sharon of Oak Tree Baby by myplayschool.net by Rachel on September 21, 2012 I am Sharon, a stay home mum of two boys, aged 3.5 and 5.  We are a family who is passionate to see the next generation rise to become strong and we love to empower others to do the same.  My blog Oak Tree Baby was founded on the basis of growing strong kids and not just smart ones.  Our days are filled with simple pleasures of playground, nature play, and regular time spent together cuddling up with piles of story books or toy…

Can you afford a hug

July 12, 2012, 2 Comments

My younger son was crying out for justice. I met a friend two weeks ago. Big brother was playing with his keychain and it fell in between the seats. We were in the restaurant. Both boys wanted to retrieve it. I was in a hurry to leave, so I bent down, retrieved his keychain with a chopsticks and handed it over to Kor kor. Little brother was not pleased, he cried afoul! He wailed and wailed all the way to the cashier and he wailed harder because he said he kept saying he wanted to take the keychain for Kor…

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Why Playing helps in Parenting

June 25, 2012, 1 Comment

The first time I saw this video was at Prune and Nurture. I like what the author of the blog said about play “So often we belittle a child’s playtime and think that it is a waste of time. Do you know that play is very important to a child’s development and even to our family well-being?” Specially as Asians parents, we almost always look for a reason to do something and play does feels like a waste of time because we can’t actually measure or quantify the benefits immediately. Our kids loved for us to stay home… to play! …

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Hooked

May 28, 2012, 13 Comments

Funny how God’s creation can have such awe-inspiring impact upon our souls. Away from the city, down windy roads, past neatly lined-up rows of palm trees and rubber plantations, the good ol’ countryside sneaked up upon us quietly. All we see are patches of grasslands kissing up to the azure skies. Being on an old-fashioned motor-powered boat that was so low and close to the water , something tells me we’re going to be real close to nature. Amidst the blazing morning sun, I could almost taste the salty sea water on my lips, I let the water caress my…

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Birds and Bees and Babies and Me!

February 16, 2012, 0 Comments

Two years ago, my eldest son who was 3 yrs old picked up a brochure that fell out of our wastepaper basket in our bedroom. It showed a picture of half-clothed women. In fact, only 1 piece of scanty garment was on her. Quickly, he said, “Why so shameful?” . What he meant was why was the lady “not shy” to wear so little. It was a flyer about slimming that found its way to our home. How often does Asian parents talk about S.E.X to their little ones? Hardly. We tend to brush the subject away thinking they are…

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Survival without a maid

February 8, 2012, 0 Comments

  Eeeks… we’ve been there! Whatever it is, for a nation who has so relied on maids, we felt so handicap when our trusty maid left for home. My boys are 3 and almost 5 yr old. I don’t know any preschoolers who don’t move and chatter non-stop from sun rise till sun set and mine do. We used to have a maid, but she left so I guess we HAD TO SURVIVE without one. At the time when my maid left. We were in the midst of selling our house, finding a new one, getting a new maid, setting…