Friday, January 28, 2011
"What kind of guy would I be if I walked out when she needed me the most?" - Chris Medina
Watched it the first time on Star World, I cried.
And then I watched it again on Channel 5, I cried even more!
(Especially the part when Steve Tyler kissed her and whispered in her ears,"That's why he sings so good, because he sings to you."
The floodgates just opened big time.
Big heart. Great voice.
Chris Medina, you just got yourself a fan.
Juliana Ramos, God bless you, you beautiful woman.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Like this one.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
And obviously I had a case of bangs amnesia.
That one person is none other than Abang Sam who is super duper G.O.O.D!
Abang Sam is a hairstylist for Local, Foreign Celebrities and Royal Families yo.
Before you vainpots bombard my email to ask where is his salon (which 6 already did after I twitpic-ed), I better give you all the information I have now. Thanks for all the compliments by the way! Kembangz sesangat! :)
Abang Sam Unoss
I am totally loving the bangs too people!
The only person who doesn't really fancy my bangs was Nyla who gasped and then said out loud for all to hear when I fetched her from school yesterday, "Mommy what happened to your hair?"
Yeah, I was embarassed alright but what the heck, hidop mesti confident! Hehehe!
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Chatted with the other moms of her friends in school and most of their kids do not watch TV in the mornings.
Just a week ago, I've been discouraging her to watch the idiot box.
Nyla: Can I watch TV?
Me: No, Nyla. Your friends don't watch TV you know..
Nyla: Long pause...
Nyla again: Oh ya? Then how come they know of Mickey Mouse and Ben 10?
Well anyway, it's been a week and Nyla's still not past the 'cold turkey' stage. Hehehe!
She is beside me now, writing about her trip to her Daddy's office yesterday.
Now, remember "My Favourite Alphabet" entry thingy.
I asked Nyla if she wanted to do this game and because she doesn't want to feel left out, she agreed.
I explained to her the RULE of the game:
YOU NEED TO USE THE FIRST LETTER OF YOUR NAME TO ANSWER EACH OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS.
She got excited and really enthusiastic...
1: What is your name: NYLA...that was easy. (Akshen pulak)
2. A four letter word: (I drew blanks for her _ _ _ _) Her answer: N E E T (Neat) (Good one!)
3. A boy's name: Noddy..See Mommy, lucky last time I watch TV. If not, I cannot answer this question. (??!!!)
4. A girl's name: Natasha..My teacher's name. (I was impressed....until we reached question 5.)
5: An occupation: Hmmmm.
Nyla: I don't like this game. What did you write? I just copy yours.
Me: Can't copy. You must be original.
Nyla: I CANNOT.
Me: Think harder!
Me: No. Gardener begins with the letter 'G'
Nyla: There's letter N what in the word.
Me: Yes, but you have to follow the rules babe.
Nyla: But I'm a kid. Too difficult.
SO BOTH OF US AGREED AND MODIFIED THE RULES OF THE GAME:
THE FIRST LETTER OF YOUR NAME (In Nyla's case, 'N') MUST BE PRESENT IN THE ANSWERS YOU GIVE.
Back to Number 5
5: Occupation: GardeNer..what did you answer for Daddy?
Nyla: Then I change. Put Nenek.
6:A colour: BroWn...eh your toga la. Nutella Brown.
7: Something you'll wear: Baju KuruNg (Yes my girl loves our traditional baju kurung. BUT she only loves the top. So last Sunday, she wanted to wear the baju kurung top with bermudas.)
8: Food: IkaN bilis
9.Something found in the bathroom: PaNties...we hang on top one before we bathe. (Nyla, you don't have to go into details.)
10. A place: Choa Chu KaNg
11: A reason for being late: LoNg Nap
12:Something you'd shout: Oh NNNNNNooooooo!
13: A Movie Title: RapuNzel
14: Something you'd drink: GreeN Tea
15. A musical group: Can be just 1 singer? You put Maher ZaiN. (gasak kau la nak)
16. An animal: HyeNa
17: A street name: PaNdaN GardeNs.....so many Ns Mommy! Good answer huh. (Yes, Nyla, bonus point for you. Nah!)
18. A type of car: PiNk car
19: The title of a song: Hot aNd Cold..Katy Perry's soNg.
Nyla: I'm done right?
Nyla: Can watch TV?
Nyla: sighs...then whines....sighs....whines.
Me: Write about your trip to Daddy's office.
Nyla: You so boring one.
Nyla: When I have kids, I will let my kids watch TV forever.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
We 'attacked' Sengkang Library last Sunday.
It was very nice to see the activity room filled with children and their parents, all smiling and excited to hear us read aloud our "The Big Good Wolf."
Unfortunately, Haryani couldn't be with us because she had filming duties.
We missed you babesy!
Fret not, because I roped in my partner, Jenn, a highly energetic individual who could impart her amazing Art and Crafts skills to the kids.
Before we revealed the story of "The Big Good Wolf" to the children, Jenn read aloud "The True Story Of The 3 Little Pigs" just to give a different perception of wolves to the children.
And then, it's "The Big Good Wolf" Time baby!
5 year old Nyla is already an experienced storyteller thanks to her experiences at Jurong Regional Library, Bedok Library, Woodlands Regional Library and I must say that through lots of practice, one just keeps getting better.
Real proud of this babe.
Art Activity time.
Jenn, the Art instructor for that day taught the children "Bookorigami" where the kids transformed their paper into a mini book. :)
As majority of the children present were preschoolers, they became authors/illustrators for their own picture book.
We told them to write their names on the front 'cover' and then to draw 'yourself', 'your favourite fruit', 'your favourite toy' on the rest of the pages followed by 'The End' on the very last page. :)
Thank you to all who came!
I also met a few familiar faces like Ariff/Aida and their families, Rini/Hubby and her boys, Is and Shad, Vi, Shiqa and Miqa!
Thrilled to see them indeed. :)
Anyway, Haryani, although you were not around, the song you composed for us sure lives on! Heheheh!
"The Big Good Wolf" theme song was a hit la dey!
And the babe has been singing this song every time.
Very obsessed one.
She keeps writing the lyrics...
She sings your song in the shower (and makes sure the mommy sings with her too)
She sings your song before bedtime.
So glad to be part of the Asian Children's Festival 2011!
We hope to participate next year too with our new book.
Stay tuned for this one.
And yeah when that happens, Daddy E will have to participate in the read aloud as well because we need a male voice. :) Heee!
Nyla has also updated her blog.
There is another video in her entry.
She choped that video first.
Monday, January 17, 2011
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Mr E is sitting opposite me, still doing his lesson plan. I finished mine half an hour ago.
Mr E thinks that I am still struggling with my lesson plan.
Logged on to Blogger and scanned through the entries that never got published and came across this one.
So decided to do for the fun of it.
I need to use the first letter of my name to answer each of the following questions.
I cannot use any word twice and I can't use my name for the boy/girl name question. So here goes!
1. What is your name : Nura
2. A four Letter Word : Nice
3. A boy's Name : Nani (My Papa J's nickname! His mommy calls him 'Nani'. So cute hor.)
4. A girl's Name : Nyma (Now you all know already the name of my future second child. But hor, my Chinese friends are begging me to reconsider because it means 'milklady'. Poor child will be teased by her friends.)
5. An occupation : Nurse
6. A colour : Nude
7. Something you'll wear : Necktie
8. A food : Noodles
9. Something found in the bathroom: (damnnnnnn rusty) Nail (I actually spent a good 5 minutes scanning my toilet lor.)
10. A place : Norway (Can't wait for my BFF and her Norwegian hubby and kiddos to come back! Wednesday come quick!!!!)
11. A reason for being late : Nausea
12. Something you'd shout : NYLAAAAAA
13. A movie title : Notting Hill
14.Something you drink : Nestle Yoghurt Drink
15. A musical group : N Sync (Ultimate favourite leh last time!)
16. An animal : Numbat
17. A street name : Nassim (Thanks Singapore Edition Monopoly!)
18. A type of car : Nissan
19. The title of a song : Never Say Never
Aiyo, Mr E is still not done with his work.
I do for him also la....
1. What is your name : Mohamed Esman
2. A four Letter Word : Mute (From just now, he was quiet mah.)
3. A boy's Name : Matt
4. A girl's Name : Maysaa (Nyla was nearly named as Maysaa by the way!)
5. An occupation : Mothering ( The mother of all occupations, me feel)
6. A colour : Maroon (Hot colour for Toga this one!)
7. Something you'll wear : Mask
8. A food : Maggi (If he does this, he'd surely put 'Maggi' as his answer!)
9. Something found in the bathroom: Moisturiser
10. A place : Maldives
11. A reason for being late : Menstruation
12. Something you'd shout : MAAAKKKAU!
13. A movie title : Maverick
14.Something you drink : Milk
15. A musical group : Metallica
16. An animal : Monkey/Monyet
17.A street name : Mount Emily
18. A type of car : Mitsubishi
19.The title of a song : My Way
Ok I think I better quit pretending I'm doing work because my eyes are real heavy liao!
Thursday, January 13, 2011
And I believe that there are many fun and exciting ways for children to learn Maths.
One of the most fun Maths activities that my Bottoms Up tutees enjoy will be playing with UNO cards.
Nope, we don't play UNO the traditional way during class.
This modified UNO game got Maths twist one and I guarantee their multiplication skills will improve.
Confirm plus chop!
So basically, I'll pair them up.
Each person picks a card.
Say Tutee A picked a card with Number 8, while Tutee B picked a card with Number 7.
Both will need to multiply the 2 numbers.
The one who announces the answer first will get to keep both cards and they go on multiplying and collecting as many cards as they can.
The one with the most cards WIN!
Now, Nyla also enjoys watching this UNO competition amongst my Bottoms Uppers.
So I thought about how I could let her have her fun with the UNO cards since the UNO cards belonged to her. (Princesses Edition somemore..yah, I pity my Bottoms Upper Boys! Heee!)
Nyla is currently learning simple addition and subtraction in school.
So what I did was to let her select 2 cards at a time.
add up the 2 numbers on the cards....
compare which number is greater or smaller....
subtract the smaller number from the bigger number.
Watch this video for a better understanding, mommies!
Hope you liked what I just shared.
Have fun playing with your cutesies. :)
Monday, January 10, 2011
Nyla has already blogged about this event over at her blog.
It's mommy's turn now.
The only downside to Nyla blogging is my entry always seemed second best one.
The first time this happened was when I wanted to blog about our great time at Tanjong Pinang last December.
The moment Nyla heard that I had expressed interest in blogging about Tanjong Pinang, she immediately sat down, wrote the entry in her blogging book and asked me to help select the pictures with her.
It took her less than an hour to get that entry published since her rantings are short and sharp!
Ok so as you already know, we had a story telling session over at Woodlands Regional Library last Saturday in conjunction with the Asian Children's Festival.
Last year, I was also a 'participant' during the Asian Children's Festival by sharing with the other mommies and daddies how I use New Media to interact with Nyla at the "Be a New Media Parent" workshop.
This year, it was a much easier task for me since I had my 2 sidekicks, Nyla and Haryani.
And Nyla is wearing my vest.
Initially I was wearing a white top with that vest she was wearing.
She got jealous because according to her I looked prettier.
I asked what would make her happy. Her reply "You give that vest to me la. I'm so plain."
So I sacrificed because I didn't want Nyla to sabo me during the storytelling session.
During our farewell, Nyla was a lil clingy to Haryani. She hugged her once, bade goodbye and then ran to Haryani again for a second hug. "Aunty Haryani is so comfortable!" Nyla told me. Real sweet!
while my babester, Haryani lead a sing along session.
And then both Haryani and myself would unleash our little audience's powerful imagination together by asking them to help us write the ending of our fractured fairy tale titled, "Sleeping Doggy"
Can you spot Nyla? She decided to 'resign' from her duty and join the audience in writing the ending of "The Sleeping Doggy."
I am all for 'involved' parents! Gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling!
Another mommy discussing with her children...
And background, Nyla posing posing with her buddy Shiqah.
Focus Nyla Focus! Tsk Tsk!
Parents and children unite to try and come up with the most creative ending because we told them we would have a 'gift-away'. :)
Thursday, January 6, 2011
I used to think I could never stay at home.
Besides, my life was working out pretty fine.
I also didn’t have any problems at homefront thanks to both my mothers and helper......until my helper’s contract expired the following year.
My own mother was struggling when our helper left. She wasn’t getting any younger and definitely not stronger. I remembered I was on medical leave and had a peek of how my mom was coping without a helper. Seeing her rush to the kitchen to cook or to the laundry area the moment Nyla took her nap pained my heart.
Nyla is my responsibility. I did what I had to do.
Like Nyla, I too keep a journal and I shall share with you few of my writings..
Date: April 16 2007
Sometimes, things don't go the way you plan them to be and I am currently experiencing them back at home. I love what I do now but at this very moment I must not be selfish and think of my only child. She is only a toddler and they say that the pre school years are the most vital. I know it is not going to be a breeze but sometimes it is nice to think only happy thoughts. Like how I can bring her to the garden every morning and chase the bees and the butterflies..or if we are lucky, we get to see the bee enter the flower and I teach her a thing or two about pollination.Like how I can go to the library and read books together.Like how I can bring her to the playground in the evenings and let her go 'Weeeee' as she slides down or sing to her the 'Buai laju laju' song as we sit together on the swing.Like how I can take her on a bus or MRT ride to visit her gramps.Like how I can watch her take that daily afternoon naps or even join her! Heaven!The list will just go on and on.The decision has been made, I guess.My babydarling, Mommy's coming home..........
I went to the principal’s office and requested that she grant me six months off work, citing childcare reasons. She was very understanding and my request was kindly approved.
In 2008, I returned to work when issues at home have become more settled.
Everything and everyone soon returned to normal.
I was missing my daughter terribly.
I was only with Nyla for 12 hours, of which 9 hours spent sleeping. I started to resent work, not teaching but the administrative work and few of the soooo unnneeeccceeesssaaarrrry endless meetings. Truth be told, I’d be doodling my daughter’s name on my notepad.
I would get very upset whenever I received leaflets on Nyla’s excursion trips because I couldn’t go.
I knew there were certain things I had to rule out in my decision making.
I didn’t want to be in an all or nothing situation.
For dreams to come true, you need to be surrounded by a supportive family for together with you, they help examine our options...'balancing our dreams with practicalities'.
-Mr E and I sold our condominium at Bukit Timah and bought a 3 room HDB flat.