Christmas: Christ - Man And Son

What does Christmas mean to you? Is 25 Dec really the date of birth of Jesus Christ?

Well, no one knows exactly the date of His birth. It was not recorded for us precisely. 25 Dec is only a day for us to remember the Saviour. Of course, the world has changed it drastically, deceiving people with Santa, Christmas trees; exchanging of gifts, etc.

For Christians, Christmas is a time for us to remember the arrival of the Saviour, who saves His people from their sins.  Without Him, from the Son of God becoming a Man, we can never be united with God the Father.

Our church had its Christmas Service on 23 Dec (Sun) with songs of praises.  Here are 3 groups of the members singing:

The first group was the Youth Choir

The second group was the Children's Choir
(AJ is in the Children's Choir)

The third group was the Voices of Gethsemane - the Church Choir

May you discover the true meaning of Christmas before 2012 ends. God bless!

The Long Division

Tonight was our first attempt to show the boy how to do long division.  The father tried using a fun way to teach him.  Then I played up as his student & AJ taught me how to do it.  By doing so, it helps us to better understand whether he has gotten the concept.

This is his first question to me. He showed me how to do it, as a teacher. I learned.  Tomorrow I would have to show the teacher whether I know how to do it :)

Sonatina in C Major Op.36, No. 3 by Muzio Clementi

Shower Show

The content below is R(A), please do not attempt to view if you are below 21!

This is our common bathroom which AJ uses to shower & do his business daily.  As you can see, it is pretty boring. No toys, no fanciful stuffs.  But I think, the lack of it brings out more creativity. Remember how innovative we were when we were young, making 'toys' to play out of what seems useless.

The boy gets creative recently.  He imagined himself as a TV presenter of a show called 'Shower Show'. An educational programme for the very young ones.  Everyday, when I bath him, his show will be on.  Day after day I have been listening & watching this 'programme', until today, I decided to audio tape it.

Please enjoy this 'Shower Show' programme, as much as I have enjoyed it everyday :)


The Timeless Gift

Thinking of giving someone (a young one) a timeless gift? How hard is that? Indeed, it is very hard!

I came to know of this book when I met with Ismail Gafoor in one of his numerous seminars in Aug this year. He was sharing with us what this book was about, & I was sold! Hey! I must get this to read it, & pass it to AJ to read, & stock up in, & ... ...

In our KL trip in Sep, I passed it to AJ to read. He finished it in 2 nights, reading it before bedtime. He was quite glued to it, I must say. Then I asked him to summarise what this book was about.  He struggled a little, because he did not understand what is 'investing' then. Well, he still doesnt quite understand the term, but he has some vague idea after some explanation. But he is very sure he does not want his life to be like Dean, Peter or Tom. He wants to be like Andrew, yea, the character in this book is also named Andrew. AJ knows that his priority now, in this formative & foundation years, is to Study.

It is a blessing to have your child knowing what is his/her priority is (priorities are). This book indeed has served its purpose well.

This is a review of the book done by a 13 YO, child of my friend who has this book too:

The Timeless Gift for a Christmas present to your dearest young ones? Why not?

Blessed 6th Birthday, My Son!

Today is AJ's 6th birthday. I took a little more time than usual to prepare this birthday post, probably because the boy is going P1 next year. It seems like it is a next phase of life, so in this kindy phase, let me do something to remember his 1st 6 years.

We had a dinner celebration with my sister's family on 3 Nov.

On 4 Nov, we brought this 12" x 12" homemade chocolate cake to church to share with our church mates. He loves this cake so much! It has 1 of his favourite cartoon characters & his favourite flavour. Thanks to my friend who was willing to bake this cake for him in a short notice.

Today, we will be bringing him to Explorer Kid. We hope he will enjoy himself.

Lastly, please enjoy the video montage I have done. :-)



Learning According To Capabilities Not Age

The original title is 'Learning according to capabilities not age', but the media has used my title for another article which was published on 18 Oct 2012. And they have omitted a fair bit of substance & made this article less balance. 

Lo! & behold! There are 2 responses subsequently, which gave me a fair bit of limelight:

How to Kick Start Your Child with Math

Bring Your Kids To Work Day @ RP

How did you celebrate Children’s Day with your child(ren)?  For us, it is a fun-filled morning in Republic Polytechnic (RP) where the father works.

After collecting the goodie bag, we proceeded to watch Magic Show. RP has an interest group on magic performance for students & I must say, the standard is high! All of us enjoyed the show so much!

Then AJ proceeded to the pre-registered acting workshop. It did not quite look like an acting workshop to me. Well, so long as AJ enjoyed himself. It was free anyway.

The fun came when AJ got to decorate his own cup cake. The boy had lots of fun decorating it & eating the edible deco as well! :)

What I liked most was the salt art. Honestly, I did not know we can use salt to do this!

Lastly, we had a funny family shot at the Fabfoto booth. Yes, we had a fantastic fun-filled Children's Day!

ABRSM Grade 5 Piano Exam

Indeed we should be grateful for this result. Frankly, I have never expected that. AJ has not turned 6, his fingers are small & weak, & he could not even reach the pedal yet. Given these constraints, even with much hard work put in in preparation for this exam, I would be happy to see a merit.

The Lord is good, He has blessed AJ with such good results that brought me speechless. We are also thankful that he has a very good teacher, teaching him the technicality of music, stressing to him the importance of using finger strength not arm strength, teaching him the dynamics of each song, etc.

We do not know how far he can go, what we do know is that he should go as far as possible since he has the gift of music. May the good Lord guides his footsteps.

LEGOLAND Excursion

With the hype of Legoland in Singapore, it looked like a must-go for all parents with young children. And so, my church friend & I planned for a day trip for both families to visit this theme park.

We purchased our tickets through Groupon though you could also buy it directly from the travel agency which works with Groupon. There is no difference in pricing.

And off we went on 21 Sept 2012.

Legoland is indeed very near 2nd link. It only took us about 10-15mins from the custom of Malaysia at 2nd link to reach there. You should consider driving there instead, if you own a car. It gives you a lot more flexibility in terms of logistic planning. For direction, you may visit this mommy’s blog (she used 1st link though).

The Legoland is not that big, you can easily tour the entire compound in a day. Not all the rides are open though; some parts are still under construction.

There are 6 themes, namely, Miniland, Lego City, Land of Adventure, Imagination, Lego Kingdom & Lego Technic. The older kids would prefer Lego Technic. Overall, the theme park is suitable for 2-12 YO, older children will find the rides & attractions not challenging. Please do not compare Legoland with Universal Studio in RWS; the target markets are totally different.

If you are planning a trip there, it would be good to bring these along:

(1) Sun block (must have! There are very few trees around & most of them are young. They do not provide you with shades at all;
(2) Hats/caps to block out the sun;
(3) Umbrellas (it may rain, & few shelters there for you to hide. Plus, you can use them for shade)
(4) Water bottles (& lots of them. Heavy to bring along, but you will go back pretty light);
(5) Extra change of clothes if you want to enjoy the water rides.
(6) Ringgit to buy food, snack, drinks & souvenirs;
(7) Last but not lest, camera, of course!

Here are the photos:

Some photos taken at Miniland

Stunt show at City Stage in Lego City 

Boating School at Lego City

Driving School at Lego City

Lego Rescue Academy at Lego City

Dino Island at Land of Adventure

Beetle Bounce at Land of Adventure

Bird's Eye View from Observation Tower in Imagination

The boys building Lego cars in Build & Test in Imagination

Kid Power Towers in Imagination

Duplo Express in Imagination

Royal Joust in Lego Kingdom