Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Chinese Taipei School (KL) Kindergarten

We plan to enroll Sarah to kindergarten only in year 2011 but somehow we would start to explore the options available, especially in our area; just like last Sunday, we brought her to Chinese Taipei School (KL) Kindergarten open day.

The place is just five minutes drive away from our house. Sarah behaved well on the day, although she started with a little uneasiness when we reached the school; but things changed once she saw my neighbour Kiyo’s son was there too.

Sarah just following us visits the classrooms one by one; those classrooms fill with music instrument would able to attract her attention particularly. There was a moment I felt very proud of her - she was able to follow a teacher’s instructions well and enjoy the process when the teacher guiding her to play the Hoola-Hoop.

From the management we gathered that the Primary and Secondary school is only reserved for Taiwanese or foreigner, but for kindergarten they do accepted local.

I must say the school environments are conductive for learning and their tuition fee are quite reasonable; but the only things that holding us back are the medium language…

Sarah likes the place so much that she doesn’t want to go home at the end. We really hope these exposures will enlighten and teach her the meaning of “school” as we always mentioned to her.

As for the enrollment, we still have time; we just keep our options open.


Saturday, November 21, 2009

Lucky First Timer

I am so pleased that my comment has been chosen and published in the latest issue of Drypers Parent’s Circle.

This was my first try and I was praying hard that my comment get selected as I know there will be some free diapers as a token of encouragement.

The free gift had finally arrived the other day; although it is not as big pack as I would thought (greedy mommy), but what else can I ask for as I can now save some money in buying the diapers for Sarah.

It’s always a wonderful feeling winning a prize, lucky me.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Indoor Playground

I keep close contact with few of my neighbours and one of them is Kiyo, a kind and polite Japanese lady.

Two weeks ago, she offered me to take home a swing sets which placed at her house for quite some time (she said her son does not like swings). I think it is a good idea; in the spirits of give and take, I offered Sarah’s ball pool to her in return.

But Sarah showed no fancy towards the swing, because it's too high for her to sit on it.

And it was coincidence that my sister-in-law visits us the next day and she also brought Sarah a complete set of swing and slide. Sarah started to showed her excitement when she saw “gu gu” busy setting up the play sets and she was eager to get a hand on it.

She prefers the latter swing as it suit her height, so she can swing all by herself. She likes the slide too, although she’s little too big for the play sets. She always needs to bow her head low to avoid getting knock when she climbing in.

All the play sets is not brand-new but at least Sarah has her own play area now; she likes to invite the children to join in whenever my neighbours drop by to visit. I think she is such a lucky girl.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Like seeing an old friend

It’s always nice to keep in touch with friends. I often chat with Kristie via Facebook and the other day we were suggesting for a gathering. Our initial plan was to meet up at my house (since she never been here before) but due to some changes, I decided to visit her house instead.

As expected, Sarah cried when we reached Kristie’s house; actually this is the second time we’re there, but I am sure she has totally forgotten about it. I really hope her crying did not awake Kristie’s son Jayden, who was still taking his nap.

Luckily I have standby some snack to ‘bribe’ her, and as usual, it works. After a while, we saw Kristie’s husband carried Jayden to the living hall; Jayden was so well-behaved and did not shocked with our presence at all.

After some warm up time for both kids, it comes the photo session.

Kristie was so courteous that she kept offering us snacks and drinks; of course, Sarah would not hesitate to eat all of them as she loves snack. Sarah also got a pressie from the beautiful auntie. And for me, I’ve got a recipe book and a bookmark, plus one big delicious Pandan Chiffon Cake.

You know what, Kristie is such a sweetie; she purposely baked the cake because there was one time I told her that how I wish I have a chance to eat the cake she baked…I just can’t thank you enough, my dear friend.

I had a great time chatting with Kristie; she has a nice house and a loving family. She’s as charming as I saw her last time; She always had a smile on her face, and she was such a bubbly person.

Making friends online is one thing, but if you really see Kristie in person, you’ll be blown away by her pleasant personality. It’s really a time well spent meeting her.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Health Supplement

Actually we have long mull the idea of introducing Sarah the Scott’s Emulsion cod liver oil; and our window of opportunity comes when Sarah saw my sister feeding her son the liver oil at grandma’s house the other day. Naturally, she will also want to try, and guess what, she showed no rejection towards it.

Therefore, we’ve decided to let her take it as health supplement; but to play it safe, we bought the smallest one (in orange flavour).

When she first saw the bottle, her mind was so sharp that she told me it is a medicine for flu. Under pressure, I replied: “No, it’s a sweet-sweet, and you will be able to carry a fish at your back just like uncle after having it, you want?”

And she just nods her head, and drinks it.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Western Breakfast

Sausage, Corn and Orange Juice

When it comes to Sarah’s menu, sometime I feel like I’ve exhausted myself in preparing new dish. So for most of the time, I will just cook the same-old noodle soup or porridge for her.

And then when I realised there is some corn and sausages sitting on my fridge, here comes the idea of making her the western breakfast.

Sarah is never a fan of sausages; but after seeing her showing interest in ketchup (at Mc’D) the other day, I decided to trick her to try sausage with ketchup this time.


She felt excited when she saw I brought the meal to the dining table; she then dips the sausages in the ketchup but alas, she still doesn’t like it. Hmm…I thought all the kids love sausage?

Anyway, I am happy that she ate quite a lot of corn (maybe it is because of the butter and salt); she also finished the orange juice and keeps asking for refill.

Friday, November 6, 2009

SP Banana Cake

Do you love banana cake? I do, but I always found those selling outside either taste too artificially, or it is too sweet for my liking. Therefore, I decided to bake one myself.

I’ve got the recipe from Angela (she’s good in baking and cooking, you know); and I have to thanks her for many tips and advice even before I started.

Ok, I admitted my cake looked a bit dark at the top. I really should know my oven better to get the right temperature. Besides, I guess I should use more bananas next time as I found my cake is lacking in taste as well.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Gift Exchange

Surprise, surprise; I’ve sent Ann a birthday gift and few days later I got the beautiful pouch from her in return.

Now I am using it to fill up Sarah’s cutlery, water bottle, hanky and my purse whenever we are going out for meal.

It is such a useful gift, and thank you so much, Ann.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Bloggers’ Meet

My blogging friend Cynthia comes a-calling last Tuesday.

I know Cynthia when she first left comments on my blog several months ago. She has a beautiful girl called Breanna, and I love reading everything about the little girl; maybe that’s the reason why I get addicted to her blog (LOL)!

We were supposed to meet up when she deliver my mooncake order, unfortunately she was too busy then that we have to reschedule the meeting.

I am happy finally to have a chance to see both of them. Breanna was doing fine and comfortable when she came to our house; but our shy girl Sarah crying out loud when greeted by Cynthia. I really hope Breanna did not get spooked by the crying “jie jie”.

Of course, Cynthia and I had a long chat and her little girl just enjoying herself with some toys; she is such a good girl. I try to get Sarah to take photo with Breanna, but she just attached to me all the time. Luckily she was okay when I carry Breanna on my lap, and then Sarah had her first close contact with Breanna by touching her little hand.

During lunch time, we have some noodles soup. I guess Cynthia enjoyed the meal a lot and so did Breanna; she kept making “yummy” sound and asking for more.

They went home after lunch and Cynthia is so thoughtful to give Sarah a puzzle.

For me, Cynthia was always a friendly character. I really glad to have spent a couple of hours meeting and getting to know her; I am already looking forward to our next meeting.