Thursday, January 18, 2018

Visit to the optician

It has been a year since SE got her eye-glasses.  There has been multiple incidences of the nosepad coming off - this pair that she chose has a unique nosepad which is rather fragile.  It doesn't help that she also fiddles with the thing.  And lately she's been chewing on the ear-piece too.  Sigh.

Had to make a trip to the optician to get a new frame.  Check the power first...

JE: I want specs too!

For the first time, she also went for the 'manual testing' where they ask you to read from the eye chart.  Hmm I've always been hoping SE's power would reduce.  No change at all this time.  Oh well, at least it didn't get worse.  And confirmed that her current specs power is good for now.

This JE really wanted to start wearing eye-glasses too (sigh).  Checked her eyes as well...

Check and see

JE had a power of 0.25 in both eyes.  Hmm too low to need glasses I think.  So we just got another frame for SE (she chose the exact same ones she has now) and that was it.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Somebody's a prefect!

JE told me sometime near the end of the last school year that she will be a 'xue zhang' the next year.  Well, from the previous year, it seems the norm for the kids to take on these 'leader' roles.  There are 'pan zhang' - class monitor, 'fu pan zhang' - assistant class monitor, 'zhu zhang' - group leader, 'fu zhu zhang' - assistant group leader.  The group leaders are by subject and they rotate.  I guess each kid gets the chance to be some kind of leader in each year.

Now to me as a 'banana' parent (not knowing Chinese), I thought I should find out what kind of leader a 'xue zhang' is.  But kept forgetting to ask.

It was only a couple weeks back that I finally found out a 'xue zhang' is a PREFECT!  Haha.

Gosh... I do hope JE will be up to it.  Her Mandarin still isn't too good, her temperament is more on the timid side, and I'm concerned the extra duties will cut into her schooling time. (Also eating time hehe... she eats so slowly that she can't always finish her recess food!)

Oh well, however it happened, my little JE is a prefect!  She gets to wear a tie from now (assuming she passes the probation period).

Me in my new tie!

Which she is rather happy about hehe. She was wearing it the night before...


Friday, January 12, 2018

I want to tell you something

SE always comes up with something to unsettle me.


SE:  Mummy, I want to tell you something. But not right now.


SE:  Mummy, I have a secret.  But I am not telling you.  Kakak says cannot tell.

Of course I'd be thinking, What? What is it???

Oh, this girl.

Hehehee confuse my mummy

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

G2G Petting zoo

My colleague told me about this place, so off we went.  Tickets were at an "intro price" of RM15 adults and RM10 kids.  So what's inside...


Bought some food to feed the animals.  The goats were VERY interested in it.  Hehe poor SE.

Arrrhh! Shoo!

Shoo! Arrhhh aaaAA!!! SHOOO!!!!

Luckily the next animals were less scary.

How are you today, little bunnies?

Let me feed you...

Come get your milk

JE was a scaredy cat and bunnies had to be HELD for her to pet...

Pet pet

She didn't want to hold a bird either.

Want hold the pretty birdy? NO! 

This place is really small, actually.  Not worth the trip at all.  Having said that, we did spend 3-4 hours there in total!  There was an ice-cream making activity - was fun enough for the kids.

Ice-cream making
(SE didn't understand the instructions given in Malay)

Food at the cafe was surprisingly good - had grilled lamb, oxtail soup, nasi lemak, some drinks.

Me, me next

The pony ride was RM5 a round...

Me and my pony!

No, I don't want to get down yet!

More bunnies!

That was literally it.  We won't be back, but it was a decent day out.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Happy New Year 2018

Happy new year, everyone! 

After making full use of the year-end school holidays by taking leave and taking the kids places, I came back to a mountain of work haha.  So will make this a short post...

One of the last action items before school reopened, take the girls to trim their hair.  The place was full as lots of people must have had the same idea!


And our family belated Christmas gift exchange.  The kids were so excited.  We had lunch at Thai Syok (food was all right, can try this place again) in Setia Alam.  And made sure food was properly finished before presents were allowed to be distributed.

Finally got our presents!

What did you get?

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Science Centre Visit 2017

Our last trip to the National Science Centre was already 3 years ago.  It had been closed for renovation for ages, just reopened (with free entrance to boot for 2017) so off we went. :)

Hmm while the building definitely looks better, the exhibits weren't part of the refurbishment.  Quite a lot aren't working.  Lighting is generally too dim to read the signs properly too.  Compared to the one in Singapore where science is the focus, this one seems targeted for young kids to press buttons, turn levers, move things, touch this and that.  Oh well, since young kids are what we do have...

What happens if I put my hand on this...

Wow let me connect the dots

Row row row

Now for some mining on this mine train

Say cheese! (Don't get a headache now)

Heh actually the kids loved it.


Some booths were manned, which was nice.

So I tap the tuning fork and hold the ball against it? OK

Outdoors had more fun stuff.

The access was really fun - a combination of climbing, sliding, rope bridges and whatnot for quite a distance.

Up up

The water play area wasn't open.  It was a super hot day so I was rather glad of that.  We went to one area for butterflies and a few other animals.  Overall, still a great place to entertain young kids.

Off for lunch at The Ship.

Yes, the chocolate ice-cream for me

A good day out indeed!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Camerons trip 2017 - Part 2

(Part 2 being basically days 3 and 4 plus some pics from the previous days)

Day3... Waze still showed a 1-hour journey to Kea Farm.  Sigh.  Traffic was all right around 10am, but the girls were up till late, woke up late and only finished breakfast around 11am.  Even if we endured the long journey up, there wouldn't be parking space.  So we just ducked back into iPad time.

We did venture out eventually.  The girls were excited with this sand art place beside our lunch restaurant.  This is considered value-for-money considering how much time it took to finish!  After quite some time, only these few patches were done haha.

Do you like my sun?

Went to Kea Farm and Bee Farm later in the evening.  Some enterprising people set up this ride place.  Anyone who wants to know how long money lasts, try spending here.  RM5.30 or 6.40 per ride, times two for 2 kids... nope, not long at all.

This ride had some 'drifting', quite fun

They also liked this turning, twisting thing:


At night, cotton candy!

Ahmmm ahrrmm

Let's dig in!

Haha notice the cotton candy in the next pics is now purple.  Yep, it's another one on the next day.  That's the thing staying next to the pasar malam, you could walk over and get things easily.


Ahmm ahmmm

 We had Jin Jin steamboat again... hmm this time found the food bland.

Take picture with Mummy

There were a couple of other places that I was expecting to visit, but just couldn't because of the traffic jams.  This trip would have been a lot better without the crowds.

We stopped at the waterfall again on the way home.  SE asked, "why not we turn back to our apartment?  We don't go home yet".  Haha so she did enjoy the trip.  And that's the whole point, really.

We like this place!