Sometimes tuition may not be the answer

After I saw Al’s Chinese mini-test results yesterday evening, I was convinced that it wasn’t just the Chinese tuition that helped her achieve such good grades. I am sure the weekly tuition did help in cultivating interest in Chinese coz the tuition is conducted in a group and u know, when kids come together, they have fun. I also note that she is now much more confident speaking in Mandarin after she started attending Hua Cheng’s Chinese tuition.

But the main thing that gave her that extra oomph in her grade was the time I spent with her going through her textbook and assessment book.

Read this: TIME SPENT.

I spent about 1 week (everyday) before the test giving her chinese assessment to do every morning, and then going thru her textbook with her in the evening. I sat down with her in the bedroom, relaxed and all, and asked her to read the textbook passages out loud, page by page. She enjoys reciting, so it helped a lot coz i didnt have to push. and she also enjoys it whenever hubby or I sit down with her to do things together. so as Dr Petunia Lee puts it, associate things she like with work, and she will slowly learn to enjoy the work!

Reading passages out loud may not help a lot in tests, but it still helps in getting familiar with the words and building confidence in Chinese.

Her picture description and conversation during Oral (both English and Chinese) isn’t very good though, so I will start to spend consistent time with her going through model picture descriptions and making it as interesting and fun as possible, BEFORE I think about sending her for oral enrichment classes. I have a feeling that she will do well after I spend quality time with her! 🙂

By the way, I have started reading Internal Drive Theory by Dr Petunia Lee and I am at Chapter 3, Structured Choices. It’s like reading psychology, which is really interesting haha. I actually have been giving Al structured choices all along, but I think I need to refine the kind of choices so that it will be beneficial to her.

Parenting primary school kids – It’s not difficult really, we just have to love and invest. 🙂

To Your Child YOU are the world!

Adrian

Never in my life would I imagine marrying an Adrian.

Now that I’ve married one, I learned a few things:
1) You pronounce “Adrian” as “aye-dren”, NOT “aye-dree-en”.
2) Adrian is a common name, but the more you look at it, the cuter it gets. (Think Gary – no not Spongebob’s snail.. But KANG GARY! 😉)
3) Adrian goes well with Wendy, another common name!

Life is so unpredictable – when I was 23 (that was TEN years ago tmd) I having the time of my life doing the necessary things such as pubbing, clubbing, smoking, drinking, suppering, MJ-ing with friends and colleagues. I worked long hours in restaurants and loved every minute of it (SO DIFFERENT NOW). I could eat supper every night and not put on weight (SO DIFFERENT NOW ALSO).

Then wham – I got to know this Adrian from a mutual friend Jon when I was 24. Being the ‘whatever-just-bring-it-on’ chao ah lian, I got his number from Jon.

And the usual phrase goes – THE REST IS HISTORY.

This Adrian is sleeping happily beside me now, very tired after his drama-chionging till late last night. It’s true, this Adrian looks more and more cute as time goes by. I never get tired of talking to him, annoying him, disturbing him! Well the other way to put it is that he just loves me so much that he just allows me to do whatever la haha!

I once told him, that he’s my best friend, although his opinion is that wives can’t be best friends =_= it’s a guy thing eh?

well I still think he’s my best friend, apart from the usual soulmate, lover, etc.

And when I see both my girls, their resemblance to this Adrian is so cute too wahaha. Esp when I see Am = I see Adrian. SAMA SAMA. Just that Am is miniature Adrian.

It’s an incredible feeling to be married – to have kids, to live together as a family. We were once total strangers, and 7 years later, we are the closest to each other. It’s just – too amazing.

Having 2 kids is another mind-blowing fact to me as well – having 1 was overwhelming enough, now 2. We are raising 2 kids. 2. I’m so emo, so impulsive, so cranky, so crazy, and I’m given 2 kids to handle.

I can say that I’m extremely blessed, to be married, to be a wife and a mum to these beautiful people.

Ad, Al & Am.

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Birthday Dinner at Din Tai Fung Bishan – Food Review

It was mad crowded as usual with long queues everywhere at Junction 8, especially DTF. I have actually called in a few weeks ago to sort of let them know that I would be having a birthday dinner here. they do not allow reservations actually but they have said that they would take note and try to let me have a table ASAP.

So I was there with mil at 630 (it was already crowded outside with many people waiting) and I managed to get in at about 650pm without joining the queue system. Well I still had to wait 20min but thankful that DTF has tried their best even though they strictly don’t take in reservations.

So.. Here are the food pics!

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These are the complimentary seasonal Chuan style dumplings. Spicy like the usual ones with chilli oil, quite good but I still prefer the usual ones 🙂

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Tada, the usual dumplings in chilli oil which I LOVE!!

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Joanne’s recommendation- prawn pancake. Really quite good – juicy, soft and addictive!

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Ordered this for Al who has to eat every meal with soup..

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Haha I cannot live without this la. We had the xiao Cai too, but I didn’t manage to snap a pic of that.

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This is duck in crispy skin. Al likes it too.

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One of the staples. Don’t the prawns look lovely?

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The other staple – fried rice with pork chop. Half-eaten already heehee.

Of cos we ordered the xiao long bao x 10 and also the shrimp dumplings x 6. But I was entertaining Am so didn’t manage to snap pics. Overall the dinner was just nice for 4 adults and 1 child.

And we sang a birthday song softly amidst the diners in DTF (couldn’t get any louder cos it was just me and hubby singing.. Both grandmas didnt sing lol) and cut birthday cake for Al in the end.

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Disney princess Swensons cake with 3 flavour – choc vanilla and strawberry – the kind of cake u get when u can’t make up your mind lol.

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This is how it looks like inside. No I didn’t eat the cake.

It was a simple celebration with Al’s favourite people and favourite food. Yay!

Life as a multi-tasker

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Just patted baby to sleep and I’m looking forward to having an early night.. Maybe watch an episode of Missing You korean drama by Park Yuchun..

Personal time is so precious in my life as a multi-tasker. I’m a wife to 1, a mummy to 2, a daughter, a legal executive at a law firm and a friend to a few. What else? I know I’m not a sister (I’m the only child).. Yeah that’s about it.

Oh, I’m probably quite a dislike to a few too. Things just didn’t work out and we left it as that.

And I’m already soooo busy with just 1 thing. The mummy part.

More on that coming up! Me gonna go shower 🙂 sweet dreams to all.