Chubby Anecdotes | Singapore Parenting and Kids' Art Blog: July 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

宝贝学华语 - Learning Chinese "Under The Sea" at KidStartNow


I've never signed my little potato up for any Chinese enrichment class. Frankly, I doubted she would enjoy them and I wasn't too keen to set her up for failure at her tender age. So when we received an invitation from KidStartNow for Renee to attend their ocean themed Chinese Enrichment holiday Camp, it took me a while to decide if we should go ahead.

Perhaps I haven't been diligent enough to expose my kids to the Chinese language -  we screen Chinese cartoons on weekends and sing a few mandarin kids song occasionally, but these are about all. Most of the time we are just trying to catch up with school work and 听写. It's little wonder why Renee had little interest in Chinese.

In an attempt to help Renee enjoy our mother tongue (and after learning that it is a play-base programme - not a textbook and classroom set up), I decided to let her try it out. Afterall it's just 2 hours for 4 days, right?
On our way to KidStartNow for Chinese Enrichment Camp.
She retained the same enthusiasm throughout the 4-day programme and looked forward to every lesson. 
Ready? Get set? Action!
Interactions in class before lesson time.
Now you see me...
Now you see me not.
Funny little caps which the children wore in during lesson time. I especially liked the crab one. Cute right?
Learning good habits through story-telling and sing along.
Besides teaching kids the lyrics to the song, the teacher also encourage the kids to brush their teeth.
To make the session more lively, the kids played p
retend with tooth brushes.
Digital rewards system *how cool!*
The children are given coins for participation in class and good behaviour. The accumulated coins can then be used to exchange for stickers and other rewards.
My Little Rabbit has got x28 points! Wow!
CCTV at the parents waiting area. 
The 4 day programme turned out to be a blast! Renee enjoyed her classes and looked forward to them. It seemed like 4 days ain't enough for her :) She especially enjoyed the interactions in class and I enjoyed their play-pretends from the TV screen at the waiting area.

Thank you KidStartNow for having Renee at their holiday camp. It was a good experience for both Renee and I. I also took the opportunity to explore the newly opened  CT Hub, which the KidStartNow is located in.  
Happy with her balloons at the last day of the holiday camp!

You can find our more about the holiday camp Renee attended here:
http://www.kidstartnow.com/special-offers/holiday-camp

More information on KidStartNow is available on their website and Facebook Page here: 

Disclaimer: Rene attended 4-days holiday camp at KidStartNow for free, for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. 


Friday, July 25, 2014

22 July 2014 | School Bag Raid

Found 7 storybooks in Shanice's school bag, of which, 5 are from the Rainbow Magic series - 2 of them are from NLB and the others from her school library.

No wonder her bag's getting heavier these days. Now, I secretly hope she hasn't been reading during lessons. But, who hasn't sandwiched a storybook between school text right?

Here's what I'll never say out loud: "I know what you've been doing. Please don't overdo it." Meanwhile, to reduce damage, I'll limit her to just 2 storybooks per day for school.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

[Giveaway] Singapore Parenting Congress 2014 - "Connecting with Digital Teens and Tweens"

Singapore Parenting Congress 2014 is here!
Taken from http://www.familiesforlife.sg/activities.html
Jointly organised by Mediacorp and Families for Life, the sold-out event for the past 9 years *gosh, my eldest kid wasn't even born 9 years ago*  will be returning on 2 & 3 August 2014. 

The theme this year is “Connecting with Digital Teens and Tweens”, a topic very close to the hearts of many parents in this digital age we live in.  This event provides an excellent opportunity for parenting experts as well as parents to come together and share insights! 

Check out the programme schedule here: 
Taken from http://www.familiesforlife.sg/activities.html
Date: 2 & 3 August 2014
Venue: Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Level 3

Tickets (per session): $18/ticket or $24/ couple (GST inclusive, Coffee and tea are served at breaks)

More details of the event can be found here:  http://www.familiesforlife.sg/activities.html.

We have 4 sets of tickets up for grab!
(Thank you, Families for Life for sponsoring them):

English session (3 pairs of tickets to be won)
3 August, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Mandarin session (1 pair of tickets to be won)
2 August, 2.30pm – 5.30pm

Winners may collect the tickets on the event day. 

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Friday, July 18, 2014

What is Love?

"So, was it love or familiarity?"

There under the scorching sun, my friend and I were on our way back to office from lunch.
We took a short-cut which required us to stroll through a patch of tall grass. The soil beneath was loose from the rain the day before. I was careful not to dirty my new flats, treading my way and trying to decide my next step when his question broke my rather dull train of thoughts. How did our careless conversation land us there?

"Did you marry him because of the comfort of familiarity?"
"I don't know", I replied. It was the immediate thought that came to me.

We were finally at the end of the grass patch. I adjusted my dress and checked my new golden scandals- perfect, all was good. Then I lifted my head and saw a pair of widened eyes staring at me. "Married with 3 kids and you DON'T KNOW?" I could almost hear his thoughts.

"Erm, but what is love? It's something that stand the test of time, right?"
Glad I could somehow string something decent together albeit my brain was probably half-baked under the sun.

Being married with 3 kids, most of my single friends (understandably) assume that I kinda figured it out - ya know, got an idea of what this whole men-women relationship is about. Frankly, I do not have much of a clue. I mean, how do you measure the electricity between relationships? (I am not sure if I can handle a Ammeter but it's probably not of much use here.) Or tell if it was TRUE LOVE? (I'd wake up to any kisses. I am a light sleeper.)

I married my best friend. We knew each other when we were 10. He was my classmate. I was a head taller, and he was alot smarter. But we caught up with each other, in many ways. Was it love? I think so.
Was it more love than familiarity or more familiarity than love? Erm...
Our primary school gang at marina south steam boat. It was a gathering during our secondary school days.
Sam's the one standing at the left and I am the big head at the bottom left of the photo.
Haiz, why can't they take a glam-er photo of me. Lolx. 
KTV with primary school friends when we were 19.
Newly minted couple then, and he couldn't get his hands off me ;p *blush*
At a gathering with primary school friends shortly after our wedding.
Well of course, there were more electric-charged kisses and dreamy candle light dinners *now, I hope Sam won't read this post*. There were other boys that made me feel more like a princess (my hubby's more like a buddy). But they were all history now. Over. Period. The fact that they didn't last didn't quite agree with my idea of a marriage.
"It (Love) always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."1 Corinthians 13:4-8 
Familiarity's a very good feeling and a good soil for love to grow. Love has many facets and my favorite would be that it (should) perseveres.

So, was it love or familiarity?
I asked my hubby and he said "both". Of course!
More than 2 decades since we sat in the same classroom, he is still more capable at offering a better answer.

Now, we'll just need to work together for it to last. :)

Mr and Mrs Foo.
Self-ie taken at our corridor earlier this year during Chinese New Year. 
Here's to love!
"Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses."- Ann Landers

Photo credit: Our P4 monitor (bottom right of photo) tirelessly organised gatherings for our primary school classmates for many many years. Most of the photos here were 'coop-ed' from his fb account. :) Thank you Kelvin!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

I (Heart) Snowflakes Felt Necklace and Belt



I love JULY!
Why so? Cos it's my Renee's birthday month! We just celebrated our second child's birthday recently. We had 3 mini celebrations - at home, with extended family and in school, of which, her favourite was the mini party we had at home with her friends from the childcare she attended previously.

It was a simple party with a few of her closer friends. Nothing too elaborated, just good company, simple snacks, a DIY Frozen pinata, a DIY Frozen character cake, Frozen DVD playing on the background and a simple felt craft activity for the Frozen fans (okay, more than a handful, but still simple. We had simple stuffs). Yes, Renee's a big Frozen fan. 

I'll share more about her 3 mini celebrations on the blog in time to come. Frankly, I haven't got the time to sit down and download all the photos from my camera and phone. But I really should be doing so soon. I'm sure it would be long before Renee ask to see them. :) 

For now, I'll share about the little craft activity we invented for the party. It's super easy to do. 

Step 1: Cut out felt circles into 3 sizes and place them in the following sequence. 

Step 2: Apply glue and stick a length of ribbon across the sequence. 

Step 3: Apply more glue on top of the ribbon and stick another layer of felt circles on top.

Step 4: Stick 2 small felt circles onto the 2 medium circles. 

Step 5: If you are making a necklace, here's how to fix the hook:

First you fold down a length of ribbon and sandwich it between 2 small felt circles with glue. 

Sandwich the other end of the ribbon with 2 felt circles and glue too. 
To fasten the necklace, simply loop this end into the other. 

Step 6: This is my favourite step. It's time to decorate!

Give it some time for the glue to dry and tadahh!

Here you are, your child's very on felt necklace. 
She can wear it around her waist too! It will make a pretty cool belt, don't ya think? 


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