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Lucky Me : heART Workshop June 2014

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Photo credit : heART Studio

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First of all, I’m not writing a review for heART Studio. I won a free lesson on their Facebook fan page (long ago) for Asher and he got a chance to learn how to draw and paint Sea Mammal Silhouette. The location? Not near to our place 😭 and they just moved to Serangoon not long ago. Not difficult to find if you’re familiar with this area, just 7 minutes walk from Kovan. I personally dislike it because it takes me forever to go Serangoon.

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I personally love the interior of the studio, there are 2 levels. First level is for the younger children and there is a barrier to stop them from going down the spiral staircase. Quiet environment, not surprising as they limit the numbers of children in each lesson. + point!

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Beautiful wall murals at level 1. These really caught my attention, I always think wall murals are something “outdated” but the way they drew it, I found myself starting to appreciate the art on the walls. 20140610-164701-60421986.jpg

As expected, we arrived and he couldn’t wait to wave goodbye to me. As it was a drop-off 2.5hr lesson, I had a great time shopping at NEX. I came back to a happy kid, Erm, hyper kid. He was having so much fun here, teachers asked me if I sent him for any speech & drama class, I said no and they thought I should send him as he was really a drama king. I guess I have said this a thousand times or more, he talks a lot, no kidding.

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Honestly, I couldn’t wait for the day, the day I can finally convince myself that art classes are something good for young children. Well, what I thought may not be what most people think, so what’s my view on art classes for my child? It kills creativity. Eg. An abstract drawing, most people will think they are free to create their art piece, the teacher just needs to guide them on using the colour, blending, try on different types of paints (oil, acrylic, crayon, water), the texture of the paints create different texture and strokes, ways to dry them. blah blah blah blah, HOWEVER, in real life, real classrooms, when you’re asked to draw circle, YOU BETTER DRAW CIRCLE, like military training, no second thought, no questions asked, NOT EVEN TRIANGLE can be drawn. I know I know, obey right? listen to teacher, right? That’s what I dislike. I hate it when I asked my son to keep his views and feelings, even when he was pushed by adults in the public for being a little slow. Anyway, I’ve stopped doing that, I told him he is free to voice out his dismay, but only to the person involved and do it gracefully. Scolding in public is not right, even someone has pushed you, but that doesn’t mean the child has to keep quiet because it is NOT OKAY, especially when they took advantage on a child.(seriously, you think it is okay when someone pushes your child in a mrt for any reason?) Imagine how many stares I got when I told him this in the train. (Judge me, I can’t be bothered.) So, back to the art classes, there are just too many restrictions in art classes, the kids has to walk into the room without any imagination, they need to be absolutely lovely and obedient. All kids came out with almost the same art piece, who are you kidding? I am not just any mom, I don’t want a complete art piece done by my son but unwillingly, read: lots of scolding. I know him too well, I know he is a VERY TOUGH NUT, it is challenging to coach him. Restricting him to draw what he wants or use the colour he likes are not something I want. Lately, I’ve started looking for art classes for him, not the usual classes but meant for Art Therapy, as suggested by his doctor. Then I hesitated, like buying time, hoping one day, he would be able to walk into any classes like other pre-schoolers. As for now, I accept who he is, love him to bits and still find him as cute as button.

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Anyway, for those who are interested, I’ve included the studio address and contact number.

HeART Studio
1 Charlton Lane #01-04 SG539631
Tel: (65) 6554 7563 Fax: (65) 6554 7562
Email: info@heartstudiosg.com

Side note : Lucky me won another pass (Sept holiday) and below is another piece of his work At heArt Studio (with help I believe). To the parents of the child who attended the same class as Asher, I’m sorry if he was not tactful when he commented about your child’s work. IMG_2437.JPG All his works are now hanged in his room.  (Oh, he sleeps in our room, seperate mattress, but still, I found him sleeping next to me every morning. Frankly, I love that, love the feeling of being wanted. He has his whole life to sleep on his own, so for now, let me have him by my side.) IMG_3801-0


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Lucky Me : Act 3 The Very Hungry Caterpillar & other Eric Carle Favourites

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This was Asher’s 6th visit to theater in 2014, broke 2013 record, he went for 5 plays excluding the Disney On Ice. For this play, I have to thank TNAP for picking me to be one of the 4 winners. I was hesitate to bring him hence I signed up for Hospital Land Carnival organized by Mount E. When I found out I won the tickets, I couldn’t help but shared with Asher and he immediately told me he preferred to watch the play than being Doctor For A Day at the carnival.
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Asher truly enjoyed the play despite having to sit so far away from the stage, he wasn’t affected by a crying child seated next to him and behaved well throughout the play. Towards the end of the play, I realized he showed unhappiness, expressed he didn’t enjoy watching it. As outsider, people would see him as a fussy and difficult child, only the mom (read:me) understood him as this was his way of showing unwillingness to leave the place and wanted to watch it again because he simply loved it.

So, you wonder how to deal with this kind of child when the answer you got was,”no, I don’t enjoy the show, I want to leave now, right now.”

What I normally do and say:
“Oh, that’s too bad that you don’t like it, we shall not watch it again. Say goodbye to xxx.” (no point arguing or disagree with him, he is entitled to voice his view.) I would observe, give him a min or two, if he did not go on and on getting negative attention, then I will go “are you absolutely sure you don’t like this play? I ask you again because I may have to cancel some tickets I’ve bought previously.” Almost 90% of the time, he would calm himself and share his feeling with me.


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虾酱鸡

 
Not my first attempt cooking prawn paste chicken but this batch is a lot better compares to the previous try. My darlings said the chicken meat is not tough, well marinated and some parts are crispy after 2 hours. 

I was too ashamed to the photo when I first tried cooking this, it was so bad, so bad that I thought of giving up trying this recipe again. 

I swear I’m going to oil fry prawn paste chicken if I were to cook them but first, I need a pot that can be used for frying. (FYI, I have only one medium stainless steel pot for soup/sauce and a happycall pan in my kitchen. 😁


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Ice-Cream @ Daily Scoop

nice shot by Asher! Daily Scoop has been our monthly hideout for ice-cream treat, the choices of flavors are good and there are always a few new flavors onboard. It is no doubt when you mentioned about Inexpensive homemade ice cream, most people will recommend Daily Scoop, and my favourite is DURIAN on waffle, or Mocha on waffle. As for Asher, he will ask to taste a few flavors before ordering and always ask for the same thing, which is Mango Sorbet, not because he likes mango or sorbet, it’s because he likes yellow. 😒

Nice family shots taken on Valentine’s Day. Sometimes I am such a “pita”, why Daily Scoop on Vday? Who doesn’t want to have a romantic night out? I want too of course but with the cute lightbulb? Forget it, so long the little one is happy, the old man shouldn’t fault me for being “too family” minded.  


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Back to the Pool

Not him but me. If I remember correctly, August ’14 was the last time I dipped into the pool, then admitted to nuh for an 🔪operation, recuperated💆, fully recovery, holidays ✈️ and totally forgotten about the pool until early this year. Still I did not go swimming as I was trying to avoid the cold pool, yes, it can be really cold ❄️that heater is not needed for showering after that. 🔫 (so many excuses)

So, what’s bring me back? 

  • Girls start whining when they couldn’t fit into the clothes 👗they like. I’m one of them.
  • Moreover, the weather these days, it’s either ⛅️wet and warm or ☀️hot and warm, I am literally sweating the moment I turn off the tap🚿, what can be better than dipping and swimming🏊? 
  • I just have my hair trimmed💇, about 3/4 inches, no treatment done, so this is the best time for me to swim without any worries. 👌
  • Asher has started full day care, I’m available from 9am-5pm daily. I am SERIOUS. (Ask me out🙋 if you wanna buy me lunch.)

I’m grateful to have a soulmate who is all supportive when I need some moment for myself, be it shopping or exercising.  


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Roasted Chicken Hong Kong Noodles



Sauce for roasted chicken noodles

– oyster sauce
– dark sauce
– soya sauce
– roasted garlic (cook chopped garlic)
– pinch of pepper
– roasted chicken oil
– chili oil from Sheng kee
– spring onion, chopped

If you wanna cook noodles like this at home, try Fortune Hong Kong Noodles, you won’t regret. The noodles are not dry and hard like other brand, easily handle and cook, I am so hooked on cooking these at home, from draining the noodles to mixing with the sauce, I feel so much like a hawker hoping I have non-stop orders from customers. 😂

Just in case you’re wondering, I roasted a whole chicken just for this. 

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