Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Going to Alor Setar (Part 2)

Continuing from our family trip to Alor Setar.....

Well as picture speaks a thousand words, I would limit (actually lazy) to elaborate lengthy travelogue in this sequal. After a stop at Ipoh, we went straight to Sungai Petani visiting Soo Pei's aunt thereafter stop at Pendang where we would stay for two nights. The final night were stay at Alor Setar afterwhich we attended a Soo Pei's relative wedding.

Our visit to Alor Setar wasn't so smooth as Reanne was already having fever then Ivan along the stay developed high fever. Anyhow thank God both kids recovered well after returning from the trip.

some stretch of Alor Setar river

family photo at Pendang's paddy field




Soo Chia with Ivan at the rear set





Father in-law bringing us strolling nearby Alor Setar river

Alyssa Ling's fullmoon


Alyssa Ling, daughter of proud parents Daniel Ling and Emily celebrated her fullmoon on 17th Dec. During the fullmoon celebration, the parents also dedicated Alyssa to God.

Welcome Daniel and Emily to the parenting club.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Hakka Tang Yuan

Today as chinese all around the world celebrate Dong Zhi festival, a must have dish or delicacy is the Tang Yuan. For our family the Tang Yuan is cook with soup that taste salty added with 'pai kuat'. This is Hakka style of cooking of the Tang Yuan. Other dialect such as Cantonese will cook it in sweet taste minus the 'pai kuat'. Anyway there are many varieties nowadays as the delicacy being modernise.

As traditional practise, after eating the Tang Yuan I am 'a year older'. I guess this is one the delicacy women wants to shy away......ha ha ha.


Monday, December 21, 2009

Going to Alor Setar (Part 1)

It has been 7 years we last visited Alor Setar, Kedah (land of paddy field). This round we went there with a load of people compared to our previous trip only Soo Pei and me. You can said that 'expansion' had taken its place since then. We were there to attend a family member wedding.

Thank God for my father in-law for guiding the way since I am not familiar with the local route for Kedah state. And also for my sister in-law Soo Chia for bringing us around Ipoh town when we stop there for a quite lunch break and visit to Gunung Lang.

Both my parents in-law are from Kedah (Alor Setar and Sungai Petani). So also Soo Pei who happen to be born at Alor Setar but raise up at KL. This visit brings a lot of memories to Soo Pei as it has been a quite a while she return to Alor Setar.

Photos taken at Gunung Lang, Ipoh.





Splashing at home (Part 2)

This is a sequal to the first splash with an added participant none other than Sarah Chong.

The threesome pool splashing was really busting with laughter and excitement. Of course under the watchful eyes of the mommy dearest.


What a fun activity for the kids. Not a bad one if you don't have a actual swimming pool. Better than going to the public pool. Well its only for splashing and not for real swimming lesson.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Reanne's pigtails

Mommy tried out pigtails hairstyle on Reanne after a hair cut at the saloon. Reanne able to face the hair cut process much better than Ivan would. She was a bit reluctant when mommy trying to set her pigtails but after a while she kinda like it. Well another sign that our little princess is going up more like a little lady.

Pretty hair, pretty clothes, pretty shoes, pretty nails and etc etc etc.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Splashing at home

The kids had a splashing time last weekend holiday at home with a inflatable pool. This was our first time using the inflatable pool. It was a gift from Uncle Philip and Aunt Hannah to the kids.

The weather was superb and ideal for a wet activities that day. Both Ivan and Reanne didn't take long or I should said within seconds they got themselves totally wet. For Reanne this is the first time seeing her totally brushing aside her fear of dipping into water. She was so immerse in the pool. Few occassion we had tried to get Reanne into the beach and waterfall stream, but she just don't want to try it out. Ivan without saying was having a total splash. Nice to see them enjoying themselves so freely.

The pool water was later being used to wash my car. Not a total waste.




Home made superheros



Ivan and Reanne were made to be instant superheros by mommy's home made costume. A mask and a cape.

Both are happy to be clothed as one. Aren't all of us like too.

Monday, November 23, 2009

How great is our God

This is how Ivan, Reanne and Sarah way of singing this song made popular by Hillsongs.

Ivan is playing his pillow 'drum' where Reanne and Sarah dancing/playing their tambourine.

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Christmas Tree 2009


This year we have the opportunity to bring out the family Christmas tree and setup it after absent for one year. Last year we chose not to put it up concern it would be hazardous for Reanne and Sarah whom are still less than one year old then. Well this year is different.....they will love it.

We used more soft toys to deco the tree this time. Less the regular ornaments....for safety reason. And also less the used of deco lights.

Well everybody here an early wish of Blessed Christmas to you all!

Having fun with paper plane

Just like to share some of the things parents (especially father) can do to have fun with you own children - by an inexpensive ways. Why not try paper plane making?

It's actually quite interesting as it promote children creativity as well as their imagination. For us might have been an usual things but to them seeing a plain paper being turn into a mini plane take can flies is awesome!

Here is some of the model I have made and its fantastic.....even I enjoy it (I know some of you will say reliving my deprive childhood period). Have fun!!!

Check out here for more variaties

My dental check up

I have recently done my annual dental check up with my teeth being clean up. 3 of my teeth were filled using amalgam (dental amalgam contains elemental mercury combined with other metals such as silver, copper, tin and zinc to form a safe, stable alloy). The bad news was that doctor said one of my tooth is recommended to do crowning as it cannot be further filled (pretty sad to know that). Didn't proceed with the doctor recommendation as crowning cost about RM400 (way off my dental budget). Gotto plan for it next year already.

Benefit of regular check ups and cleanings can prevent general health problems as well as provide you with good oral hygiene.

1. To Prevent Oral Cancer
According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, someone dies from oral cancer, every hour of every day in the United States alone. When you have your dental cleaning, your dentist is also screening you for oral cancer, which is highly curable if diagnosed early.

2. To Prevent Gum Disease
Gum disease is an infection in the gum tissues and bone that keep your teeth in place and is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss. If diagnosed early, it can be treated and reversed. If treatment is not received, a more serious and advanced stage of gum disease may follow. Regular dental cleanings and check ups, flossing daily and brushing twice a day are key factors in preventing gum disease.

3. To Help Maintain Good Physical Health
Recent studies have linked heart attacks and strokes to gum disease, resulting from poor oral hygiene. A dental cleaning every 6 months helps to keep your teeth and gums healthy and could possibly reduce your risk of heart disease and strokes.

4. To Keep Your Teeth
Since gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults, regular dental check ups and cleanings,brushing and flossing are vital to keeping as many teeth as you can. Keeping your teeth means better chewing function and ultimately, better health.

5. To Detect Dental Problems Early
Your dentist and hygienist will be able to detect any early signs of problems with your teeth or gums. Early detection of cavities, broken fillings and gum disease are easily treatable. If these problems go untreated, root canals, gum surgery and removal of teeth could become the only treatment options available.

6. To Maintain Good Oral Health
Your dental hygienist will help to ensure that you are maintaining your good oral health by visual examination and comparing your previous dental check ups. If you are falling off track with your oral hygiene he / she will help put you back on the right path.

7. To Use Your Dental Insurance Plan
Dental insurance plans usually pay for all or most of the cost of dental cleanings and check ups every six months. Take advantage of this and save a lot of money in the long run by avoiding costly dental procedures that can result from poor oral hygiene.

8. To Create a Treatment Plan
If your dentist diagnoses any problems in your mouth, he /she will most likely give you a treatment plan. This treatment plan should have the cost of each procedure that you will need, so that you can discuss financial arrangements with the front office.

9. To Have a Bright and White Smile
Your dental hygienist can remove most tobacco, coffee and tea stains. During your cleaning, your hygienist will also polish your teeth to a beautiful shine. The result? A whiter and brighter smile!

10. To Prevent Bad Breath
Dental studies show that about 85 percent of people with persistent bad breath, also known as halitosis have a dental problem that is to blame. Good oral hygiene is essential in preventing bad breath. Regular check ups and cleanings are the best way to make sure that you are maintaining good oral hygiene.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Our street is not safe at all now


A 52 year old housewife was hit on head from the back by a robber while walking along a busy Sungai Besi Expressway. The weapon was a hammer and the robber was eyeing on the housewife handbag. Fortunately there was no serious injury but only two stitches on the skull. It was a life threatening experience.

65 year old man and his 54 year old wife was attacked by 3 men during a robbery attempt in Ampang.

The news above is not reflecting a very good condition about our city street nowadays. In fact it is getting worst as senior citizen now are becoming the favorite target group.

Be of concern and very concern so much so alert of our surrounding when we are on the street.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Tips for Buying Booster Car Seat

If you're ready to make the switch from a child-restraint seat to a booster seat -- because your child is at least 40 pounds and 4 years old -- you're probably wondering which kind to buy. Up until recently, there was little information available on how well various seats protected kids. But recently the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested 41 models to determine whether they properly positioned the lap and shoulder belts on young children. Ten of the seats made the best-bet list, 5 were good bets, and 13 weren't recommended. You can start by checking the best bets, but because models are often updated or discontinued, use the tips below to help you find the best booster for your child.

Don't rush the switch.
If your 4-year-old hasn't hit the weight limit, keep him in a child-restraint seat, suggests Ann McCartt, Ph.D., senior vice president for research at the IIHS. "More and more restraint seats have higher weight limits, some as much as eighty pounds, so you can keep your child in one longer. And these are really safe." However, if your 3-year-old has already reached the weight limit of his car seat (many max out at 40), you'll have to make the switch sooner.

Decide between a backless or a high-back booster.
High-backs tend to position the shoulder belt better than backless because they have shoulder-belt routing guides. They're also a good choice if your car doesn't have a headrest in the backseat. Backless boosters tend to be cheaper, but be sure to look for one with a clip that can help ensure the shoulder belt stays in the right spot. These boosters also have better lap-belt placement. "It's possible to find both types that do a really good job," McCartt says. (Combination seats that convert from a restraint seat to a booster are also available, but these types didn't fare as well in the IIHS tests.)

Check the fit. Once you buy a seat, test it out.
Some stores will let you test floor models, which McCartt says is a critical pre-purchase step. The main goal of a booster seat is to raise your child up so the adult seat belt fits well and protects your child in the event of a crash. "The lap belt should fall across the upper thigh—not the abdomen," McCartt explains. That way, the force from a crash is absorbed across the bones of the pelvis, not the soft tissues of the stomach, which are vulnerable to internal injury. "The shoulder belt should fit snugly across the middle of the shoulder, not too close to the neck but not falling off the shoulder either." Despite these guidelines, as many as 65 percent of kids are still not properly restrained, according to a study conducted by the Automotive Safety Program at the Riley Hospital for Children and Indiana University. Researchers found that kids' shoulder belts were often slack, or even tucked behind the arm or back.

Spend Wisely.
Remember, pricier seats don't necessarily offer more protection. Some of the seats that made the organization's best-bets list were some of the cheapest, says McCartt. "For instance, the Graco Backless TurboBooster sells online and in stores for about twenty dollars."

Don't stress out!
If you already have a booster seat that's not on this list or is one of the seats that's not recommended, you don't have to go out and buy a new one until you test it. "Our ratings captured the likelihood that a booster would work well in all types of vehicles, but you need to see how well the seat works for your child and in your car," says McCartt. Plus, what's most important is that your child is in one, period.

Tanglong tanglong here and there


This year Mid Autumn or Mooncake festival we managed to spend time with our family on both sides. Overall the celebration was much quite then usual. Not many people were seen celebrating the festival as I observed in my neighborhood and other place. People still very much reserved by the stagnant economy.

At least the kids are enjoying it. Much delight especially for Reanne and Sarah for the tanglong a.k.a lantern and candle lighting experience.

Dip dip

This is one of the few new experience Reanne starts to venture in.....dipping food to sauce. Glad to see that she is exploring more on varities of food. Here in the photo Reanne is enjoying chapati with dal sauce.

Carol's Church Wedding

Attended my ex-colleague, Carol Tee's church wedding at Kajang Holy Family Church few weeks ago. This is one of my family first visit to the church new building and also our first time attending a catholic church wedding ceremony.

Congratulations Sean and Carol!

Powerpuff girl

Last month we celebrated my youngest sister in-law, Alana's birthday by dinning out. We ate at Seri Kembangan Lek Lek Restaurant. The finale was the birthday cake singing and cutting. My brother in-law Chee Yoong specially make for Alana a 3D Powerpuff Girl cake. Powerpuff Girl is one of Alana's favourite cartoon character. The cake not only looks special and cute, it also taste good. It's my first time seeing and eating such unique cake.

Once again for the record, blessed birthday Alana.

Should you interested and wanted more information on my bro in-law unique cake, you are welcome to visit his website at http://lyra-patisserie.blogspot.com. He takes order and makes delivery (depending on location).

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Popcorn good for your health?


Nutritionists say whole grains are good for you because they contain a lot of fiber. Now, new research shows they're also packed full of polyphenol antioxidants -- substances that help to rid your body of harmful free radicals, highly reactive molecules and ions that can damage your cells.

You've probably heard good things about some other foods that contain polyphenol antioxidants: tea, coffee, dark chocolate, olive oil, and red wine. Today, in research presented to the American Chemical Society, University of Scranton chemists reveal the surprising quantity of antioxidants in popular breakfast cereals too, as well as in crackers, pasta, flours and snack foods. The cereal with the most antioxidants per serving is Raisin Bran, according to the research (mostly because of the raisins, mind you). The best snack food -- by far -- is popcorn. The overall antioxidant rankings of whole grains per serving of cold breakfast cereal, in order, is wheat, corn, oats, and then rice.
On the whole, a gram of whole-grain products contains comparable antioxidants to a gram of fruit and veggies, the researchers say. That's good news for Americans, who probably get about 10% of their daily antioxidant intake from whole grains, according to the new research. But make sure you're getting whole grains. Processed grain products don't seem to be nearly so antioxidant-rich.

Car booster seat

We have recently upgraded Ivan's baby car seat to a booster seat. Ivan's weight and age have already exceeded the baby car seat's safety guideline. Now both the kids have their place inside the car - Ivan is using his new booster seat whereas Reanne will take over Ivan's baby car seat. Just some of the necessary safety features needed for a family safe drive especially long distance.

Study finds that by using a booster seat instead of just a seat belt significantly reduces the risk of injury in children aged 4 to 8 years old who are involved in a car crash, according to an updated assessment of booster seat effectiveness released today. Moreover, the results indicate that in this age group, booster seats without a back are just as protective as those with a back.

Car seat belts are built for average-size adults, not children. When a child outgrows a harness-type car seat, it's recommended that he or she graduate to a booster seat, usually around age 4 and weight 40 pounds.

Booster seats work by raising the child up so that the vehicle's lap-shoulder belt is properly positioned across his chest and hips -- to distribute crash forces across the sturdiest parts of a child's body.

Read more at here

More good reason surfing the net

Surfing the Internet just might be a way to preserve your mental skills as you age.

Researchers found that older adults who started browsing the Web experienced improved brain function after only a few days.

"You can teach an old brain new technology tricks," said Dr. Gary Small, a psychiatry professor at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the author of iBrain. With people who had little Internet experience, "we found that after just a week of practice, there was a much greater extent of activity particularly in the areas of the brain that make decisions, the thinking brain -- which makes sense because, when you're searching online, you're making a lot of decisions," he said. "It's interactive."

Small is co-author of the research, which was scheduled to be presented Monday in Chicago at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting.

"This makes intuitive sense, that getting on the Internet and exploring and getting new information and learning would help," said Paul Sanberg, director of the University of South Florida Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair in Tampa. "It supports the value of exploring the Internet for the elderly."

Most experts now advocate a "use-it-or-lose-it" approach to mental functioning.

"We found a number of years ago that people who engaged in cognitive activities had better functioning and perspective than those who did not," said Dr. Richard Lipton, a professor of neurology and epidemiology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and director of the Einstein Aging Study. "Our study is often referenced as the crossword-puzzle study -- that doing puzzles, writing for pleasure, playing chess and engaging in a broader array of cognitive activities seem to protect against age-related decline in cognitive function and also dementia."

Baby Kiko's Precious Moments Contest

This is the photo sent to participate Baby Kiko's Precious Moments Contest for the month of October.
It is an interesting photo captured during our recent Port Dickson beach family trip with my parents in-law.

All you have to do is log in, upload a photo of you and your child (sharing a precious moment) and complete the slogan ou are amazing because ...?(in not more than 15 words).

The contest is only open to parents whose children are aged four years old and below. All photos will be uploaded at ParenThots for public viewing.

3 winners will be chosen every month.

Closing Date for the current contest: October 25.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Value of a Good System

As John C. Maxwell explained the importance of having and developing good system in our personal and professional leadership

What Is a System?

A system is simply your way of getting things done. Systems aren't one-time acts; they're habits that you do weekly or even daily. They're the mechanics of leadership, and over time, they dictate the extent of your effectiveness.

The Value of Systems

1) They Help Us Manage Time

As a young leader, a heavier workload and increasing demands on my time forced me to learn how to get things done quickly. I developed systems to squeeze as much productivity as possible into my day. I couldn't afford to move slowly.

As Peter Drucker wrote, "Everything requires time. It is the one truly universal condition. All work takes place in time and uses up time. Yet most people take for granted, this unique, irreplaceable, and necessary resource. Nothing else, perhaps, distinguishes effective executives as much as their tender loving care of time."

2) They Help Us Conserve Energy

When we have good systems in life, we don't waste energy. Do you know the number one waster of time? Looking for things that are lost. A study by Office World News found that the average executive squanders 150 hours each year looking for misplaced files.

As I worked on this lesson, I laughed because I knew it would bring up a few of my idiosyncrasies. For example, when I went to get my glasses the last time, I ordered six pairs-one to put at each of my favorite reading places. I don't have to carry a pair around with me, and when I sit down they're always convenient. It may seem like a silly system, but I never lose time rummaging around for a pair of reading glasses.

3) They Help Us to Multiply Creativity

When I was first married, my wife and I lived in south Indiana, and we didn't have any money. Margaret taught kindergarten, and I was a pastor making $80 per week. Margaret would ask me to mow the lawn, and I would get irritated because we didn't have money to hire someone else to tend to the lawn. There's nothing wrong with mowing, but I had lots of other priorities, and mowing didn't crack my top ten. So, eventually we bought a goat. He grazed on the grass, and I saved time!

Developing systems to handle the trivia of life frees you up to be creative. By automating repetitive tasks, you're able to focus mental energy on top priorities.

4) They Help Us to Maximize Progress

Systems help us to move forward, to go as far as we possibly can. They enable us to work faster, smarter, and more strategically. A good system eliminates waste, while it also anticipates and removes obstacles.

To get the most out of systems, you have to make them a lifestyle not a one-off deal. They must become ingrained in your routine. Systems only benefit you when you stick to them.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

What is Probiotics

This is a very educational and informative video explaining what is Probiotics a.k.a friendly bacteria in our digestive system

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Eating right guideline for Ivan

This is what it looks like for Ivan eating right guidelines as recommended by USDA (United States Department Agriculture) MyPyramid Food Guidance Systemn for preschool children. This guideline was based on Ivan's profile i.e. age, height and weight.
Here it said limit Ivan food intake up to 1200 calorie per day that include grains, vegetables, fruits, milk and meat & beans.
A lot more info is being offer to help and promote healthy dietary and eating habits.
Check it out here: MyPyramid.gov

Friday, September 25, 2009

Cervical cancer vaccinations for all girls

As announced today, the Health Ministry will provide annual HPV vaccination against cervical or cervix cancer to all 300,000 13-year-old girls in Malaysia beginning next year.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the HPV could help to reduce the incidence of cervical cancer by at least 70%.

Cervical cancer was the second most common cancer among women in Malaysia after breast cancer, Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun said in July. Each day, an average of four women are diagnosed with it.

Make your own kite

Use kitchen supplies and create your own kite!


YOU WILL NEED

  • 13-gallon (49-liter) plastic trash bag (white bags are best for decorating)
  • Two wooden dowels or straight sticks, one 24 inches (60.96 cm) long, the other 20 inches (50 cm) long.
  • Scissors
  • String or fishing line
  • Ruler Clear packing tape
  • Ribbon and permanent markers for additional decoration

HERE'S HOW

1. Cut open the trash bag to form a flat plastic sheet.

2. Measure six inches (15.24 cm) down on the long stick and make a mark. Lay the short stick at the mark and form a "t" or cross shape. Tie the sticks together and use some tape if necessary.

3. Put the sticks down on the trash bag and use your ruler to draw a line around the frame from the top stick to the side and then down to the bottom point. Use your ruler to continue the outline on the other side of the t-shape. It should look like a diamond. Cut your diamond two inches (5 cm) wider than your diamond pattern.

4. Lay the sticks on the plastic diamond shape and fold the edges over the stick frame and tape it down. Turn the kite over and decorate it using your markers.

5. Cut a piece of string 20 inches (50-cm) long. Poke holes in the top and bottom of the kite and tie the string in a knot in the top and bottom holes (if necessary, use some tape to keep it secure). Then tie on the rest of your string to the middle of the string.

6. Tape the ribbon to the bottom of the kite to create a tail for your kite.

7. On a windy day, take your kite outside and start running, holding tightly onto the kite string. Keep your kite away from power lines and trees.

Abstracted from Nat Geo Kids

My duck, frog and seal

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Another successful take off


Today we managed to successfully make the newly bought kite take off after failing to make it through yesterday. It was a great feeling. The kids needed to say they were ecstatic.

I bought 2 handmade kites from a Chinese uncle at our Kajang town area. I believe he is the only person in Kajang is making it or maybe the only person left doing it. The materials used are still very traditional - bamboo stick and paper. Even the Ben Ten cartoon was hand drawn and painted. Very rare indeed.

Personally, I don't know when was the last time I fly a kite. The last I remember when I was Standard One back at Perak small town just before I moved out to KL city. Boy it must have been very very very long time ago. Well, glad able to recollect some good old childhood fond memories.



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Watch this



On behalf of Ivan and Reanne, many thanks to Siow Yee (Alana) for the watch gifts. The kids love it so much.
Ivan always ask around to know what is the time. Good time to teach about time.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Family short trip to Port Dickson

It was an impromptu decision actually. Next thing you know we were all packing to Port Dickson beach.

Soo Pei said it will be great for the kids since quite some time they didn't 'touch and see' the sea water.

Ivan ridding on the wave

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Ivan was enjoying his best time on the water during our family short trip to Port Dickson beach.

At first was reluctant to try out riding on the dino float but at the end liking it so much. Reanne on the other hand wasn't so adventurous even tough we tried to pursuade her. She have not been exposed to the beach that often yet (this might her 3rd time).

Here in the video, Yie Yie and Ivan enjoying each other accompaniment on the water.

Doing the gig

Here they are ladies and gentlement, presenting Ivan and Reanne - Little People Band!

Drummer No. 1: Ivan Chong - 3 years and 8 months old
Drummer No. 2: Reanne Chong - 1 year and 7 months old
Music catogeries: Free style

Looks like Reanne is picking up drum just as big little brother Ivan. I was hoping she would fell for the piano first. Well we just have to observe from now. Maybe just maybe she would change her mind. My family is just getting full with drummers.

First flight

This is one of the moment that I missed out from my family.

To be exact, it was Ivan and Reanne first ever kite flying experience. On the other hand, I am glad they enjoyed the experience together with mummy and their Ah Kong, Ah Mah (grandpa and grandma).

The first flight happened just a few minutes away from my in-laws house, near a vacant plot of land. Flat and covered with turf is just ideal for the event.

Soo Pei was there to capture the precious moment with her handphone camera. All of them have a fantastic time that day. I know that because Ivan keep sharing it with me :)
Looking forward for a second flight.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Learning to write

Toddlers all develop at different rates, but here are some tips on how to encourage his writing. To gently coax your kid in writing:

Let him watch you write often. "He'll see the value of the printed word," Adair says.

Help him develop the fine motor skills to hold a pencil. Play dough, puzzles, and lacing boards all build up finger strength and dexterity.

Provide paper and crayons, markers, or a pencil. When you're waiting outside his brother's karate class, hand him some paper and a marker so he can get a feel for the fundamental tools.

Help him practice basic shapes, such as squares and circles. Then do the letters in his name: Put your hand over his and make them together, with a pencil or with your fingers in sand. Later, make connect-the-dots outlines of those letters and encourage him to trace over them. He'll be writing his moniker in no time (and yours, too!).

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Senior or Professional?

Guy: Excuse me, is this your first time here?
Me: Yes.
Guy: You want senior or professional?
Me: Hmm....senior (after browsing the menu brochure presented)


Awhile later.....

Me: How do you differentiate senior and professional?
Girl: Professional are the one who have works more than 4-5 years.
Me: (Silent)

At the end....

I paid RM25 in total for a hair cut complete with hair wash. If you are to select to be cut by a professional it will cost RM45. This is my first visit to this hair salon near my housing area. Normaly I got the conventional hair salon where the owner is the barber. And they don't ask you whether you want senior or professional. But the senior title sound misleading for a hair stylist less than 4 years experience. More suitable title should be junior or amarteur.

I want mian mian

Surprisingly enough this is what we heard Ivan said when we want to order our food for dinner in a restaurant. He pointed straight to the printed photo menu of a dried noddle.

Our boy is growing fast. Now wanting to make his own choice. So both of us oblige his requised after he decline our recommendation of a rice dish. And we ordered 3 set for each of us except for Reanne. Ivan did almost finished the food of his choice. Pretty amazing compared to his regular eating habit at home where he would eat in a longer period.

I have to admit this 3 and half year old boy is beginning to form his character and personality slowly but surely. Got to give more room for him to make his own choice and decision now. Next is how to convince him the otherwise. Tough job.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Moving forward

Knowingly and unknowingly, the season of change is setting in. And the theme of change is 'moving forward'. Entering of a new season.

That is what Latter Rain Church, the church that my family attending is undergoing. Our church is litterally moving forward as we will be moving to a new place of worship at Jaya 1, Petaling Jaya. We are currently doing the 'Big Move' as our first Sunday Worship in Jaya 1 is in 30th August 2009.


Just yesterday the worhsip and media team have shifted some major components to the new premises. My buddy blogger Dan'Lion has captured the scene with his ready camera (click here to see). I was busy with others packing, shifting and setting up.

The changes is not only seen in my church but also in my life. The sense to move forward is strong (kinda hard to explain) and it keeps building up in momentum. You just want to make shift from the usual place. Move out from the comfort zone.

Move it, move it!