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River Safari Boat Ride! Here we come!

April 30, 2014, 0 Comments

The boys had been wanting to go for the Amazon River Quest boat ride at River Safari since it opened its door early this year. As usual, in this little island of Singapore, we like to wait a little until the crowd dissipates, so we can enjoy peace and quiet, especially when it is cruising the Amazon river. Feeling a little nervous, when there was absolutely no one in sight.  We meant quiet, but not THAT quiet. The other boats before us were full though and I guess no one was in the queue after us, so here we go,…

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Married, but someone more important was waiting

September 8, 2013, 0 Comments

The door was opened, he welcomed me home with opened arms, always. He always ran to the door if he heard my footsteps. But I was waiting to meet someone else. Laying aside hunger, I let loose my bundle of hair, allowing some trivial thoughts run wild. “Should I wash my hair today or tomorrow morning?” Perhaps it was a lazy thought, so the question went unanswered. The warm stream of water splashed down my head, it felt cathartic. I was thinking about someone else while watching the mist steamed up the bathroom. It had been a long week, my…

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Re-defining citizenship

August 4, 2013, 3 Comments

A couple of years ago, we decided it was time to move. But circumstances changed and at the last minute we stayed on. These days, just when my husband and I are getting cosy in the middle of the night, we hear a pair of feet shuffling towards our bed. Our master bedroom is extended as we knocked off the wall dividing the two bedrooms. So technically the boys are sleeping in their room, or their side of the room. But now it doesn’t seemed like we are in our own rooms, if you know what I mean. Also, we…

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Character First!

December 7, 2012, 9 Comments

Today is Oak Tree Baby’s FIRST birthday!!  So to celebrate this happy occasion, we are launching our FIRST batch of award winning character building books. We will also giving away 2 awesome books written by an amazing lady, Emily Lim.  I first met Emily at a talk a couple of months ago. My son, aged 5,  after listening to her stories fell in love with her books and begged me to buy them for him. I had a chat with her and found out more about her passion for writing and kids. Emily Lim is the award winning author of…

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Help HIV positive orphans this Christmas

November 25, 2012, 0 Comments

Photos courtesy of Nyumbani “Many children at Nyumbani has lost both parents to HIV and are left without any tribal care. To an African, it means a life of no protection and no family ties.  Nyumbani has worked for many years in the slum areas educating and helping families live with HIV and orphans. Learn more about Nyumbani.” When Lisa Wee, an Art Teacher in Kenya was in Singapore in July this year. I caught up with her and found about the project she was doing in Kenya and how it was helping orphans who were HIV positive. Q1: Tell…

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Christmas is for giving!

November 23, 2012, 0 Comments

We’re running a Christmas Specials storewide from 23 Nov till 25 Dec 2012! Christmas time is a special time of love for us. It is a time when Jesus was born so we can receive the grace through which no man can achieve by any good works.  Many of us get gifts this season, but the greatest gift was already given some few thousand years ago when Christ came.  Our family has chosen this time to give.  It is an easy way to remember and involve your children. So when you shop at Oak Tree Baby this season, remember to…

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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Yogurt or me?

May 4, 2012, 2 Comments

Earlier during lunch, my elder son told me he was full, with what seemed like less than a mouthful to go. I suddenly recalled there was yogurt in the refrigerator and turned around and told him, “I will let you have the yogurt if you finish the noodle.” Opps, the moment I uttered those words, I knew it. I bribed again. According to Wikipedia dictionary, Bribery, is an act of implying money or gift giving that alters the behaviour of the recipient and a reward is often money, offered as an incentive. So I decided to run a test between…

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Stranger Anxiety

March 30, 2012, 0 Comments

Few things weighed heavily upon my heart recently. The cases of attempted kidnapping seems to be on the rise. News of each kidnapping cases spread like wild fire across all social media sites, but especially on sites where parents frequent. On the one hand there are the authorities who are asking the public to remain calm and on the other hand parents with young kids are going berserk over the threat of their children living in a not-safe-anymore country. To add fuel to fire is the press statement from authorities which appeared aloof and cold. It is hard to ignore…

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Child-led

December 22, 2011, 0 Comments

I believe in following a child’s leading. Each child is gifted differently and so following his lead helps to nurture where his interest lies. My son has an aptitude for things that require fine-motor skills. So we let him pick up a child-scissors and let him have a go with paper. If he does not like it or can’t do it, he is free to do something else. But since he was doing well, we give him more opportunity. He started cutting at one plus and has been at it for a year now. What he is not allowed to…