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A Child’s First Puzzle: Circle Tangram

Sharing another great buy that i bought for KD long ago! I think it’s still available at the Popular Bookstore now. I bought it at SGD9.90 before my Popular Card Member discount. 🙂

On the surface, this Circle Tangram looks like a book, however it’s actually a puzzle set!

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It comes with 7 blocks in different colors and shape and with them, the player can put together to create endless possibilities of things that he can imagine – a cat, a tortoise, a fish and many more!

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There are more than 30 ready templates with the outer outlines, for a child to fill in the shapes to form the pictures. Theses templates are also rated with their difficulties level so in the beginning, you can start off with easy puzzles until you get the hang of it. Of cos there is also an “answer sheet” which you can refer to if you couldn’t manage to fill in puzzle in.

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So it’s always the case, when i purchased this, KD just turned two years old and he wasn’t interested as well as couldn’t grasp the concept of the puzzle yet. I was also a FTWM and with little time i have in evenings or weekends, I some times used it to teach him about the different colors and shapes, as well as showed him how we can put them together to form different images. He wasn’t keen, so it’s was always a very fast activity basically of me “demonstrating”, or him taking it out just to play with the wooden blocks.

During the past 4 months of me being an At Home Mom, i did try to do this activity with him but I couldn’t last more than 5 minutes each time.. KD is a boy that i need to do everything very fast and multiple activities in one session just to engage him and make him seat down for that 15 to 20 mins a day!

Last week, he took it out on his own again, but this time round, i am amazed because i didn’t need to ask him to do anything! I was just sitting opposite him and observing him (including busy snapping pictures lah!). He opened up the puzzle, took out all the blocks and placed them aside, flipped to a page he likes and started talking to himself like “What’s this? Let’s see… This one goes to here, this one goes here” etc etc.. AND he actually completed 3 puzzles on his own! I took a peep, the puzzles he selected were with difficulty level 1, 3 and 5!! WOAH!

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I realised that it’s always easier to teach and play with a child when he is interested. Usually he has such short attention span so i always thought i am struggling with engaging him. >.< I always wondered if being a SAHM is suitable for me or he will do better off in childcare because maybe the teachers can engaged him better? The above random display of my son once again made me feel that my past four months of being a SAHM, all those frustrations when it comes to having a schedule with him and engaging him in activities with me… PAID OFF. 🙂 🙂 🙂

I strongly believe now that depending on your child’s character, some children like mine, will always appear to be uninterested, not keen and inpatient.. What’s important is for parents NOT TO GIVE UP and continue to have patience. I think this is something only the child’s real parents can give whole-heartedly. Not the grandparents or teachers whom are paid to do the job.. If you can’t have patience for your own child, who else will have? I feel so happy i can dance on my toes (opps i can’t! Too heavy with my almost 9 months tummy now..)

Lastly, of cos a smile broke on my face when he also kept the puzzles back properly after he is done with it. 🙂 My Good Boy!

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Do it myself book

Sharing a cloth book that I LOVE!!!

I had purchased it for KD when he was barely One Year Old, because I simply couldn’t resist it that time! I can’t remember the actual price and place that i purchased from, however it wasn’t too expensive!

I been taking it out on and off to read to KD when he was younger (from 1.5 years to 2.5 years), and activities i did with him with this book were picture story telling using him as the character and what he is doing every morning, followed by me demonstrating how to do each tasks.. But i had kept it and forgotten about it until recently KD took it out again on his own..

To my astonishment, he was picture story telling to me about the book and demonstrating how to perform the tasks on his own! Who says children whom do not pay attention doesn’t pick up anything? He was learning all along just that he did not display it!
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Buttoning up – takes a lot off finger skills!

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Putting on a belt

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Connecting and pulling up the zipper

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Tying Shoe Lace – To be honest, this is not something KD can do yet. But he has an idea that the lace go thru holes.. 🙂

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Another type of Button

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Buckle up!

Parent child homework: Kyle’s first show and tell

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Last week, Kyle came home with this parent & child’s work folder and I am supposed to guide Kyle on what he can do and actually there is really many things he can do himself! The activities that he will be most interested to show off will probably be how to play Temple Run II on the iPad or how to dance and sing to various languages of Gungnam Style. Bleah.. :p

After many careful conversations and consideration, I took out his paint brushes and ask him to select a picture of his favorite fruit (which at this point of his life happened to be Strawberries, was banana, papaya and apples previously).

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So, I asked him to select the colours and paint the picture himself. 🙂

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On Wednesday, when i picked him up from his school, his teacher told me that he was able to speak in front of his classmates though he was really soft.

Anyway, I am a proud mama cos it’s Kyle’s first show and tell and i think it’s fantastic job he did!

Our Hong Kong Vacation from 26 to 30 Jan 2013

It’s a very belated post as we have been back from Hong Kong for almost a month now, busy with CNY Preparations and CNY visitings during this two weeks. I have done a quick summary on our huge family vacation below. Be warn that it’s gonna be a pictures heavy post! 🙂

It’s all about eating and shopping!

Travel period: 26 Jan to 30 Jan 2013 (5 days 4 nights)

People present: Me, Hubby, KD, my Father, my Mother, my Father-in-law and my Mother-in-law! I was 27 weeks plus pregnant when I departed Singapore and 28 weeks plus when I came back. We have a super active 3+ year old boy (KD) and our parents are in late 50’s to early 60’s! So basically the only fittest person in this group is my Hubby! Haha!

Travel by: Tiger Airways, on NTUC Union Promotion at only SGD205 nett per pax, all in (with big & heavy luggage option for everyone!). *grins*

Accomodation: Cityview Hotel at Yau Ma Tei, 1 minute away from the Yau Ma Tei MTR and less than 5 minutes walk to Ladies Market
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I no want salary, I want honey jar!

A conversation with Kyle (KD) at 40 months old, that’s worth jotting down for reminiscent when i am old.

I made a cup of milo for Kyle and he finished it very quickly.

Kyle:  Mommy,  later i buy you a cup of milo ah…

Me: You got money to buy? You know you have to work like Daddy so that you will earn a salary?

Kyle: I DON’T WANT A SALARY!!!

Me: Oh? You don’t want to earn a salary then you want to be a boss? If you are a boss, you will have many businesses!

Kyle: I DON’T WANT TO HAVE BUSINESS!!!

Me: (giving up… ) Then what do you want?

Kyle: I…..  want…..  a….. Honey Jar!!  Give me! Give me my honey jar!!

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An Unofficial Maternity Photo Shoot

On 23 Dec 2012, instead of the usual three of us (me, hubby and KD), we went for a big family photo shoot with Lumiere Photography, with my parents and sister. I was only 22 weeks pregnant then and never expected the photographer to include some really nice maternity shots in between the whole photo shoot duration! And ya, the tummy was already showing then and probably it’s because it’s 2nd pregnancy that it was bigger than i was 22 weeks pregnant with KD..

So, initially i still wanted to go for a proper and nice maternity photo shoot when i am in my 30+ weeks (which is like now already…)… because the tummy will be huge and beautiful.. but i doubt the rest of me looks beautiful cos i am very bloated every where with limited clothes to wear now… do you think i should still spend that kinda money when i have theses very beautiful pictures already? Sigh.. in dilema over whether should i go for a maternity photo shoot now…

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What’s in a name? Bizarre names i came across

Linking up with MadPsychMum, I am going to share about some interesting names i came across when i was working part time as a IT technical troubleshooter with SingaporeOne during my schooling days (GOSH! that’s so many years ago!!) as well as interesting names i read on the newspapers before:

Name #1 and #2:

I was stationed in the Computer Training Centre @ the Toa Payoh Library, (where many computers were set up with the aim of teaching the nation on how to use the computer for internet under the SingaporeOne nationwide mass adoption programme). We were calling one of the senior citizen students to clarify the name to print on his Certificate of Completion of the course.

Colleague picked up the phone and dialed.. while waiting she commented “Oh my, i really dunno how i should pronounce the name.. Is it really like Poh Piah as in 薄饼?”

“Hello! We are calling from xxxxxx, Can i speak with Mr Wu Poh Piah please?”

“Oh! He is not in? Can i check who you are? We are going to print out his certificate and would like to clarify his name..”

“You are Wu Bong Piah?! You are his brother?! Huh!! Are you pulling my leg??!”

“So your brother’s name is really Wu Poh Piah??!”

Wu Poh Piah (in hokkien it means Have Spring Roll) and Wu Bong Piah (in hokkien it means Have Bong Piah which is a type of chinese pastry)

Name #3:

Primary school children were also sent to the computer centre set up in the Toa Payoh Library to learn how to use the internet for research. We were suppose to print out their Certificates of Completion immediately after the course and the names that we used for printing are the names the children key in when they log on the systems. Children being children and kids being kids, so for theses classes, we have to do a diligent thorough check through the name lists generated before we print the certificates as many times there are “Superman”, “Spiderman”, “Sponge Bob” and sometimes vulgarities like “CCB” or “LJ” appearing in the class…

There was one day i was looking through the list and i turned very angry thinking how come a 7 year old boy who should be so innocent keyed in something like this!

I stomped into the class angrily, walked to his terminal where he is seating and asked the little boy whom were giggling with his friends, “You think it’s very funny!? Why didn’t you key in your name properly when the instructor told you to!?”

His angelic face and innocent stare back at me made me a little puzzled while I was still very angry… so i turned to his classmates seating beside him and asked “What is the name of your friend here?”

They replied simultaneously “Dick”

(Me thinking to myself…. OMG… so Dick is correct….)

“And what’s his surname?”

They replied simultaneously with innocence again “Long”

(Me: Holy shit!!!!!! The child’s name is really Dick Long!!!!!)

I quickly apologized to the poor boy and ask them to continue with their lessons and rushed out of the classroom immediately….

Seriously, the boy was only 7 years old then.. i really pity him when he grows up and especially when he is in the army…

Name #4:

I read this on the chinese newspaper.. apparently there are some very nice chinese names but when you input the Han Yu Pin Yin name in English on the Identification cards, it sounds very weird when other pronounced the Han Yu Pin Yin Name…

Apparently, there was a lady in Singapore whom her parents gave her a very beautiful name – 游灿蝶 which means very beautiful butterflies… but printed on her NRIC below her Chinese Name in Han Yu Pin Yin was You Can Die. -_-“””””

If I am a nurse and had to help the doctor call for the patients’ names I will be super stress to read out this name… Probably I will call out her NRIC number instead. ;p

Thus i think giving the child a beautiful name is not enough.. you also have to check it’s spelling in dialect and Han Yu Pin Yin!!

Lastly, i also read this on the newpaper: Unique and very rare & bizzare surnames in Singapore: 老 and 死. Can you imagine greeting them 老小姐 or 死先生?? I can’t seem to find both on the online Yellow Pages under residential category now.. Used to flip the book and really saw that very few people with the surnames!!