She is a Blo-ga-a-ho-lic

Just a HDB budget Tai Tai who wants to live her life to the fullest


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Lucky Me – LG CNY Lucky Draw

I was so greedy!! I was hoping to win a holiday to Korea 😜.  However, I am still grateful and feeling all lucky to have won a pair of LG Tone Pro Bluetooth Head Set. Ben is happier because he is about to buy a head set for his new LG phone but now, he gets it for free. 🎉 

I’m trying to sell away extra set at reasonable price over at Carousell.  Anyone wants it can email/pm me directly. 

  


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Lucky Me – Goldilocks and The Three Bears

I still remember how much we enjoyed the play in English version last year, the songs were catchy, the Bears were pretty cute and the story lines were familiar. However, when I won the tickets for the mandarin version of Goldilocks and three bears, I was not sure if Asher would sit through the play.

“讲华语的!”

Until the last moment, I told Ben if he wanted to leave, we would just leave. I couldn’t stand parents forcing their kids to sit through and struggling with crying children in the theatre, I definitely don’t want to be one of them, if the child is not ready, be it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m fine with kids talking, asking questions, giggling, actively answering and participating when they are asked to, standing, or even snacking to calm themselves or making themselves comfortable in the theatre, it’s children play/musical, being loud is fine. (So, parents, don’t shhhhhhh, if you can’t stand these, go watch orchestra or non-kids friendly musical.)

(back to the show.)10 minutes into the play, I knew my worries were for naught. Asher enjoyed this play so much that he would sing along. What I like the most : Using a familiar storyline, the performers used Chinese idioms and collective nouns, to teach many uses of wood but the same time, create the awareness to care for Mother Nature and the importance of protecting animal habitats. Another highlight is the recipe to make porridge, that part was quite funny, I wonder if any kids went home trying out the recipe.

Anyway, thumbs up👍👍👍! Definitely a good play that worth watching. Did i mention I won another tickets for the same show but different timing? We didn’t go back and the tickets were given away to my nephew, and he loved the show as much as Asher!


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十一的捞鱼生



今年捞了3次鱼生,是满足的。也可能是一年一次,我们常忘了捞鱼生时该年念什么,让我记录下来,下次就管用了!

桔代表大吉大利,心想事成。

胡椒粉代表招财进宝。

红萝卜代表鸿运当头。

青萝卜代表青春常驻。

白萝卜代表风生水起。

柚子代表大吉大利。

三文魚代表年年有魚。

油是一本万利,順順利利。

酸梅醬代表甜甜蜜蜜,闔家歡樂。

芝麻代表生意醒隆。

薄脆代表黃金滿地,財源滾滾來。


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Lunar New Year

This is not his first CNY celebration but this year is likely to be the one that Asher truly enjoy and understand the meaning behind it. I know EYM has lots of CNY program during this festive season, they learn about spring cleaning as well as flower market, I really appreciate their efforts and glad that I was allowed to be there for one of the activities.

CNY Shopping 





These were taken last year but I did not blog about it, I didn’t bother to snap any photos this year as I knew there were going to be the same and I was right. Of course, the only difference right now is that our 5yo can tell me excatly what happened on that day. Back home, I helped him to write the details in point form and he did a short show and tell. As active parent, (read:kiasu) I am constantly teaching him, we are always learning, just that we don’t need to be confine in a classroom, and we don’t just leave the school to do everything, everyone goes markets too, I show him interesting things and he is forever on “asking mode”.

Lantern Making

I did think of forgo the idea of making lantern as we can’t hang them but this boy came home with a super fragile (read:almost torn) lantern from school, I guess he sat on them in the van, 😁 telling me he wanted to teach me how to make lantern. Since I had so many hong Bao at home, I took them out and let him choose any designs he wanted, he then showed me the steps of making these simple lantern. Proud of you, son. Very simple to make and it’s quite engaging. 



写春联

Again, we did not write any but we did it differently, using some glittering glue and red paper, got him to write some simple words and let him have the fun squeezing the glue to cover the outline. The main reason of doing this was because I almost kill myself trying to teach him how to greet 大吉大利 and why mandarin oranges are used during CNY🍊. Now, whenever he receives a hong bao, these four words just 郎朗上口啦!



种年花 和 逛年花市场



We did not really decorate our house this year with chinese auspicious items in the house, that includes New Year Flowers 年花. What can we do besides roaming around flower market? We planted some! There are garlic, onion, coriander and radish. 

  • Garlic – 蒜, 谐音:算
  • Onion – 葱,谐音:聪
  • Coriander – 芹,谐音:勤
  • Radish – 菜头,谐音:彩头

I explained to him why chinese like to buy flowers during CNY and why some plants are popular, mainly because of the name of flowers and they usually represent something good/auspicious, bring lucks and money to the family. 





《拜年歌》

Shortcut版的拜年歌 super cute song taught by teacher in school. Asher missed the performance in school, I believe the kids had fun celebrating CNY with teachers and classmates. 

打竹板,听我言,正月初一过大年,

张灯结彩放鞭炮,左邻右舍贴春联,

爷爷奶奶新年好,合家欢乐庆团圆。

 

CNY Goodies 年饼

Due to the tight schedule, we did not manage to see the process of goodies making at my mom’s house. However, I made sure Asher knows goodies are essential during CNY. We brought him to food factory at Senoko and he got to try Bak kwa too. 





Asher enjoying some goodies at home



Zodiac Song

Here is one I would like to share with everyone. This Zodiac animals sign song was taught in school and Asher is only willing to sing them when his mood is good, even so, he is not willing to sing the entire song. 😩 

Show N Tell Project 







Carlos was with us during the CNY holiday and Asher got a playmate with him everywhere we went and everything we did during this period. Naturally, Asher acted like a big brother, tried his best to explain everything we did together and while I used this opportunity to teach both of them almost everything about CNY, glad that I managed to get Asher’s attention, he really enjoyed having someone with him, be it a toy or a child. Then we drafted out the details and Asher wrote them down. A few trials show n tell at home showed me his understanding of what is reunion dinner and how did we celebrate it. 

Lion Dance Performance 舞狮



How can we miss lion dance performance? I have a different post on our experience this year. I am thinking maybe I should buy a small lion head and let the kids play during CNY, that will be next year. 😜

喜气羊羊🐑!



Bringing him to Gardens by the Bay this year was because we haven’t been there for a while and knowing the Dome was decorated with all the CNY theme, it was the easiest to remember that 2015 is the year of Goat, well, some said sheep. 🐑 

Yusheng & Visiting 



Visiting only limit of close family as we were not allowed to do so actually. Just want to give him the idea that CNY is not all about hong bao, without visiting and greeting with aupicious words, hong bao will not mailed to him, 😂. Besides, this is also the first time he wanted to try yusheng, he saw everyone tossing the food and chopsticks raising up high, he insisted to use chopsticks too. 👍

Making Rice Dumpling 搓汤圆

On the last day of CNY, I knew the teachers were going to make rice dumpling with the kids so we did a trial run at home and he enjoyed making them. As I do not like the ordinary rice dumpling, I did not prepare the real ingredients but Asher was happy enough making them using his playdoh.

So, from the preparation to celebration and now the end of it, there are so many things for the kids to learn, I did not include spring cleaning and buying new clothes in this post, however, most kids rememeber CNY with lion dance, goodies, new clothes, hong bao and holidays! Every CNY brings back fond memories especially those when I was much younger, staying in kampung with parents. Playing fire crackers, movies till night and bak kwa, soft drinks were the best things during CNY.




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大年初二的回娘家



大年初二,每个嫁出去的女儿👧都得回娘家拜年。我记得结婚的第二年,我们到年初三才回娘家,我说那次是最后一次,下不为例!家里有儿子的,他娶了老婆就得知道,大年初二回娘家是必然的,如果说要孩子呆久点,只能早点回家,那么有没有替人家想想,早点回家,娘家的团圆饭也少了几个人呢?所以我说:你敬人家一尺,人家敬你一丈。 我们家的宝也是男丁,我也要提醒自己,如果把人家的女儿也当自己的一样,不就家和万事兴?😊



其实今年我们不能拜年,只和家人团聚,因为不能发红包,免得不好意思。那天我们去了大姐的家,谢谢他们的款待,也捞了第二次鱼生,超有气氛。


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Movie Date – Taken 3 & Big Hero

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What happened to February? Time really flies! Every month I look forward to my movie date with Ben and in February, we watched 2 movies and one of them was Taken 3. Am I the only who thinks that Taken 3 is nothing compare to Taken 2? Nevertheless, it still not that bad after all. 



Another movie date was not only with Ben but Asher. We all love the show so much and Asher could relate so much as we walked around the hood when we visited San Francisco last holiday. The tram and the row of houses, the animation and everything, we think the team who created San Fransokyo were awesome! 

Now we say hello to the month of March, Asher and I can’t wait to watch Cinderella together! March is a special month for our family, 0303 marks 12th years of marriage for my lovely sis and BIL, so happy for them. 😘❤️💕


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年初十的舞狮



There were a few lion dance performances in town and Asher missed them because he was in school. Knowing our dear son loves lion dance performances and he was suppose to perform in school but he didn’t as we had to leave town for reunion dinner with his grandma in Johor, I went online to check for performance timing and wanted to bring Asher along. When I found out there was one near the mall and off we went. So, how was it? 

  • Crowded
  • Too loud as the show was at the atrium and it was very small with low ceiling !
  • Limited space so the show was merely 10mins or maybe lesser
  • No stunt 
  • Chaotic as they threw candies (God knows why adults were so crazy over the candies too.)

Asher was pretty upset, no one was willing to give way for him, he said “excuse me” but no one could hear him. While he was taking photo with the lion head, someone pushed him and he nearly fell. It was really an awful experience and we left with much disappointments.



Back home, our neighbour told us not to miss the lion dance performances at our estate. What! I passed by the notice board almost daily and I missed it! If I knew earlier, I would not waste my time searching and going to a mall with so many people just to watch lion dance. Honestly, the show at our place was a lot better, there were 4 baby lions and they were busy entertaining our children, the God of Fortune and big head doll were around too, distributing sweets, candy and gold coin to the residents. I heard from residents that lion dance performance is a yearly event and I shall keep this in mind, no more going to the crowded malls for this, okay, maybe for Westgate’s, as their lion dance performers do stunts and use high pole. I could tell how much he enjoyed, not only him, the other children as well. 

“Mommy, luckily I woke up in time for the lion dance show, it was awesome!” Said Asher. 



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