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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Haze is here again…

It’s the most unbearable time of the year again. The PSI hits very unhealthy level in all areas, air purifiers and masks are flying off the shelf much faster than I thought. I am always slow in action, my preferred air purifier model is oos and I got another one for now. I am thankful I still manage to get one fairly good ones at reasonable price. Thanks to my siblings who did extensive research on some models. For years I didn’t want to get a portable air purifier, thinking so long I stay indoor, I would do just fine. This year, my eyes sore, my existing throat infection prolongs recovery, my breathing is affected, I would be a pig if I still couldn’t tell how serious and damaging the haze can do to our health. Hence, I decided to get one for home use. No one could imagine what my husband texted me.

Which I really did and spend $40 on Daiso products. It was my 4th visit in 5 days and I went again on the following day.

On the next day, we met our neighbour and Nikki heard us leaving the house in the morning and handed Asher a goodies bag she collected on his behalf at the party a night before. What a shame, I totally missed the date, there was a celebration for residents and the kids were all having fun walking around our gated compound with lanterns in hand. Poor Nikki was looking for us and came door knocking too. We thanked them for their kind gestures. Late night, Asher left her a note and some masks. Yes, during the bad time, we look out for each other too.

We go out in style too. Thanks and no thanks to the haze, I don’t have to apply make up these days. The N95 masks are so freaking expensive, luckily I still keep some at home and as for Asher, he is quite cooperative when come to donning these uncomfortable masks.

Thanks to my dearest sis who bought him a reusable pm2.5 mask. She is so thoughtful and care for the kids at home.

At the age of 6, he is officially introduced to the haze. Why is it here? Where does it come from? How does it affect our daily lives? He used to draw when he was younger, this is the first time he wrote some notes, he also learns to check PSI readings on my phone and NEA website.   


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Blessed Birthday

It’s September again and this is just the start of the celebration until the end of the year. EAT EAT EAT, what can be more meaningful than being together as family? Eating is just part of it, it is always nice to be around, to stick around and to piss each other off. Well, that’s family. No matter what, we are together.

Happy Birthday to our dear mother and sister (grandma and aunty to the kids), You Both Are the Best !

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Coincidently, the day I cooked this, the father texted me and told me he will be going Shanghai AU for some coaching sessions in Nov. Our initial plan was to stay for a week in Shanghai in Nov or 3 weeks by the end of this year but now, we have put the plan aside as there are more important therapies needed for our son before formal education next year. I have yet to tell him we will not be visiting Australia this year too although we promised him we would be there for his 6th Birthday earlier this year but I know my sensible boy knows the reasons and he understands what is good for him. Holidays can wait.

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First incisor fall out !

Now looking back at the chart, the first incisor erupted in June 2010 has dropped! Asher complained about pain on the 1st August 2015 and about a month later, it fell. He was having mixed feeling over it, he knew most friends experienced it while he was still having all baby teeth intact, he wanted to know how it felt like (now he is experiencing) but he still very much in love with those very small teeth. Well, we can’t stop them from falling, he is learning how to cope with these “changes” and more to come.

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Newfound ❤️ Newfound Freedom

The first critical skill you need to learn is to balance the bicycle by the steering of the handle bar, for this I must give credit to the father. He had to bend down (so much), hold on to the bike seat, ran as he pushed the bicycle and told Asher to balance the bicycle by holding the handle bar. No joke, it was very tiring, the father was all exhausted for the first 2 days of teaching.

I, on the other hand, taught him how to pedal to keep the bicycle going, at the same time, I must hold on to the bicycle so they (both bike and son) do not fall together. It was NOT easy, the wheel once crushed my toe nails and bled. Lesson learnt : not only the learners have to put on proper foot wear, the coach too must do the same.

To overcome the fear, we spent close to $40 on protection elbows and knees cuffs. We told him falling is unavoidable, don’t ever tell them “you won’t fall” because they will! Spend some time talking about falling off the bike and the pain. The obvious reasons they can’t make it because of fear, falling down is painful but we can minimise the pain by donning the cuffs. Falling off is scary, don’t tell them not to be scared, I told mine it is okay to be afraid of falling, pain may be minimise, but after a few tries, the skill he learnt will be for life, is never forgotten!

He was determined, he fell a couple of times, the cuff slipped and there were bruises and cut on his calves and kneecaps, he picked up the bicycle again and finally managed to ride without assistance on the 3rd day. He was overjoyed. There were ugly moments, there were angers and screaming. We were a little drama to be honest, the neighbours who witnessed his fall, his screaming also saw him riding happily in some evenings put 2 thumbs up, praised him and said encouraging words. I thanked them, those words and gestures meant a lot to him.

If the weather permits, we will most likely be spending 4 weekdays evenings riding bicycle. From this website, I’ve learnt how important riding for him.

  • Develops balance.
  • Great cardiovascular and body strengthen.
  • The speed provides vestibular stimulation.
  • Bumpy roads and pumping up hills activate the proprioceptors (brain organizers).
  • Falls especially activate proprioceptors and increase body awareness so there is an up side to these little dramas.
  • Children learn to operate the bike (pumping) while balancing, while steering, while regulating the speed. This motor integration helps build motor planning ability.
  • Since both hands simultaneously hold the handlebars and steer while the legs push and lift up on the pedal, bilateral motor coordination is enhanced.
  • Children learn safety rules (which have real consequences if not followed!).
  • Older children (who have learned safety rules) have opportunities for some freedom.
  • Cycling offers an opportunity for the whole family to go on an extended outing-pack a picnic lunch or head for the local ice cream shop.

I couldn’t agree more and thought I must share this with everyone.

To ride a bike, a child needs to develop good core stability and balance, visual and bilateral coordination skills and overall strength and endurance. A child also needs to have well-established vestibular and proprioceptive systems. The vestibular system coordinates information from around the body, including the inner ear, eyes, muscles, joints and skin and adjusts heart rate, blood pressure, muscle tone, limb position, immune responses and balance. The proprioceptive sense is one of the “deep senses” and could be considered the “position sense.” It refers to the sensory input and feedback that tells us about movement and body position. Its “receptors” are located within our muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons and connective tissues. –By Katy Smith, Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant
MedCentral Pediatric Therapy 

But why learn to ride a bike only when he is about to turn 6yo and not early? Well, I adopt the child-lead learning method, I always believe when he is ready to learn, he learns and leaps. Good thing was it took him 3 sessions to learn riding bicycle, The minus point was delay in assessing his sensory development, I always thought he is doing fine until I spoke a trainer lately, I learnt about some deep senses development in children and there are just as important as physical development. That kind of shed a light on why my child can’t sit for long during lessons, fidgets a lot, he was probably looking for some inputs for these sensory.