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Day 2 : Nature discovery tour, Cameron Highlands

Day 2 : Nature discovery tour, Cameron Highlands

26 September 2013 We had to wake up early for breakfast and prepare for our morning half-day nature discovery tour to Sungei Palas BOH tea plantation, the summit of Gunang Brinchang and the Mossy forest. The children were happily doodling at the hotel lobby while waiting for our tour guide to pick us up. Sungei...
Day 1: A relaxing day at Cameron Highlands

Day 1: A relaxing day at Cameron Highlands

We were away for a short 4D3N (4 days 3 nights) holiday at Cameron Highlands with our friends and Dot’s favourite friend. All of us were looking forward to this long awaited trip, especially the children. We went to the Market Square at Kea farm, Sungei Palas BOH tea plantation, the mossy forest, Butterfly Garden,...
Dot learns different parts of a tree

Dot learns different parts of a tree

After Dot’s school, we were walking back to her grandma’s (my mom’s) place. As we walked, I saw the roots protruding out from the ground. Pointing at the roots, I asked Dot, “What are all these?” “I don’t know, ” she replied. There and then, I shared with her briefly about the various parts of...
Our new hamster, Max

Our new hamster, Max

We have a new pet hamster. His name is called Max. Last Friday, Dot’s aunt bought her to a pet shop and we came out with a hamster in a cage properly setup in the shop. Dot was the happiest customer that day. During the first two days, Dot could spend hours just watching and...
My girl likes to dance in her Pumpkin Patch dress

My girl likes to dance in her Pumpkin Patch dress

When Dot was younger, many people mistaken her as a boy. Now that she is about three and a half years old, my active little girl has grown and shown more of her feminine side. “My favourite colour is pink.” Pink is her hot favourite – pink dress, pink shoes, pink bag. “Mommy, help me...
Learn habit of observation by watching nature

Learn habit of observation by watching nature

Last week after the rain stopped, Jay and I brought the children outdoor to find the earthworms and insects. He dug the earth and out squirmed the wriggly earthworms. The children were terrified. Dot finally mastered her courage when she saw her dad holding the worm in his hand. She decided that she was brave...
Our "creepy crawlies" night adventure

Our “creepy crawlies” night adventure

Dot’s dad came up with the idea of going for a night exploration around our neighbourhood, which he called it “night adventure”. We usually do this together with Dot after our dinner. A torch is what we need to help us look out for the┬ánocturnal insects that come out at night so as to avoid...
Dot's favourite spot

Dot’s favourite spot

This is Dot’s favourite spot, a place where the bicycles are parked and locked. It all started when she saw little children playing and climbing over there. The power of mimicking. Every time we pass by this spot, she will linger around for a while. As she grows and gains more confidence, she climbs up...
Raising awareness of print

Raising awareness of print

I was contemplating buying Montessori “moveable alphabets” but I was not willing to part with my dollars for two set of capital and small letters. Then an idea came. I will create my own version of “moveable alphabets” using alphabets cut out off the magazines and flyers. As there are 26 alphabets, I went in...
Doodle of friendship

Doodle of friendship

Dot is blessed to have children in the neighbourhood to play with. She has a special affinity with nine-year-old Joey. Though the age gap is like six year apart, Joey is a big sister to Dot and they can play for hours together. During the June holiday, I brought Joey and Dot to Art Garden...
Dot's first letter from a friend

Dot’s first letter from a friend

I have been reading books to Dot about postman, children writing their own personal letters and cards to their friends and receiving letters from their friends in return. One night, I remembered my collection of stamps that I have been keeping since my school days. I went to my storeroom and digged out my big...
{Product Review + FREE Giveaway - Closed} DreamMat Mattress Protector Sheet

{Product Review + FREE Giveaway – Closed} DreamMat Mattress Protector Sheet

How do you train your children to sleep diaper-free? Dot is already diaper-free during her waking hours, we are still trying to train her to be off the diaper during her sleep. The worst thing is that there were a few times that I forgot to put on her diapers when she was napping. To...
Learning about Shapes

Learning about Shapes

We realize that while Dot can easily converse and name the shapes in English, she has problem naming them in Chinese as we read very few Chinese books to her. Even most of our daily conversation is in English. After our China trip, we have been very intentional in reading Chinese books and speaking Mandarin...
Teaching our child to plan

Teaching our child to plan

Weekends, especially on Saturdays, are usually father and daughter’s bonding time. J will usually spend one-to-one time in the morning with Dot by bringing her out for cycling, swimming, shopping for groceries, watching the birds, plants and insects or activities that J could think of that morning. J will plan and share with Dot their...
Our first 3-generational family tour to China

Our first 3-generational family tour to China

It had been more than five year since I last visited China on my own and more than nine years since I last travelled together with my parents and siblings. Late last year, Jay and I decided that we should organize a family trip for our parents and packaged tour was the best option for...