First visit to Tampines Library at Hub

Saturday, both Bret and I woke up late. By the time we were ready, it was 2pm and making our way to lunch. Tummies filled with sushi, we decided to pop by the re-opened library near our Neighbourhood.

The crowd was manageable and we made our way to the children's book section at level 4.

In order to build Leia's vocabulary and interest in writing, I try to introduce books appropriate for her age.

Leia likes the new Library and asked to find a seat so she can read her book. Bret was babywearing Kryston so wasn't the ideal time.

When we strolled to the Chinese section, she discovered a Disney princess book. There's hanyu pinyin so she can read the book on her own.

The Baby Pictures Books are located at Level 3, an indoor playground coming too. I picked up 3 books for my 14 months old.

Altogether we borrowed 11 books for Leia & Kryston. The books are all new books and the kids have started to read them at home.

For my boy, it was more of flipping and playing with the interactive books.

Looking forward to our next trip to the library again.

Mummy at home 

My daily routine very much revolves around the kids now. They are 6 years apart and I have to fulfil different needs and attention towards my 7 year old and 1 year old.


Leia is in Primary 1 and I would go through with her as she does assessment books almost everyday to better her understanding of the subjects. My role as her home teacher lasts about 1-2 hours. In a way, we are bonding too. I get to know what’s her weakness and strengths.

Otherwise, our favourite activity these days is to visit the Malls, cafe or restaurant together.


As for Kryston, I do what I need based on his growth development. Exploring motor skills & food !

Knowing I’m his mummy, Kryston has been reaching out to me more. He is specific about his wants and displays extreme emotions. The parts & parcels of growing up. I enjoy every bit of motherhood even if I have been living on interrupted sleep and the continuous mind-wrecking search for ways to help my child grow well and healthy.

All I need is a good massage to comfort my body and soul. Recently I’ve found a Thai Massage therapist. Yeah! Can’t wait to go back soon again 🙂

Banana & Blueberries Muffin (Part 1) 

My firstborn, Leia loves getting her hands on baking and cooking. And together we baked baby pastry for Kryston.

I used to call her Baby Chef, now she’s promoted to Junior Chef. Leia helped much in the process:

  • Measured & Sieved the Flour
  • Sliced & Mashed the Banana
  • Sliced Blueberries into half
  • Cracked and beat the eggs

One of her Favourite was to Combine the Ingredients.

Time to bake the batter into golden brown nice smelling muffins !


Leia and I sat in front of the oven as we watched the batter transformed. Science !

For the recipe of Sugar-Free Banana Blueberry Muffin for Weaning Babies:

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To be continued …

Growing Interest

The day before her class at Kid Start Now, Leia proudly informed us she had chosen her bag and packed all the things needed in class such as school Chinese textbook and stationery. Mil noticed her enthusiasm.

On actual day, my girl woke me up at 730am as she didn’t want to be late for her 9am class. We reached the centre 10 minutes earlier.

Walking behind her, I admired my morning view and cannot resist taking a picture of Donutella Sweet Shop on my girl. Next detail was her ponytail which she tied on her own. Few days, Leia discovered in “shock” that she is able to tie her hair on her own now. New milestone.

After I dropped her at the centre, drove back home to my boy. It was Lisa’s off day so I need to return home to the little one. And coming home with his hands reaching out to me melts my heart. Played with him for a while and then it was time… Bret woke up earlier so we can pick Leia together. The school is located next to Bedok Central Hawker Centre so we bought breakfast home.

My man has a thing for Chwee Kueh.

And this stall nailed it! The queue is justified because it’s really delicious. I hate to queue but no regrets. Bret and I were satisfied.

At home, Leia took out her homework from Kid Start Now.

I have signed up the Show & Tell Holiday Camp. Online reviews have been great and my hunch tells me she will enjoy.

Now that her interest in Chinese is growing, spelling test is quite a breeze now. Glad I found the right centre for Leia.

P1 Chinese Enrichment : Leia

Ever since Leia started Primary 1, Bret and I takes turn to guide her through English and Maths. For Chinese, it was a challenge for us as home is an English speaking environment. Going to Chinese enrichment classes is quite a norm. My mil and Mother heard from their nephews that their children have been attending Chinese classes so they reminded me that I should enrol Leia into one too.

It was in the back of my head that I need to outsource chinese class.

Objective

I need a passionate, experienced teacher who can help Leia to love Chinese. I have a keen interest in Chinese because of my Primary 1 & 2 Chinese teacher. My classmates & I always look forward to his class. Using blackboard and chalk, he infused storytelling through draw & tell as well as games with score system to spur the interest of Chinese history, culture and values. I had 2 great years that helped built my Chinese foundation with enthusiasm. Yet how the rest of my Teachers taught Chinese were easily forgotten.

With that, I learnt that Teachers impact the interest of a child towards the subject.

Back to Leia’s search for Chinese enrichment. One day I was on Facebook, suddenly an advertisement popped up. I visited the website of Kids Start Now.

(Picture Source: Kids Start Now. )


The headline answers what I need totally, helping Leia to love Chinese. Location & fun teaching methods are in sync with what I am looking for, my heart fluttered with joy. Immediately, I called in to arrange for a trial the next day. 

It was Sunday at 9am, very early and I have been having interrupted sleep because of teething Kryston. Still, I went ahead to wake up at 7.30am despite a sleepless night.

At the Centre

We were greeted with very fun-looking classroom and a warm, experienced Chinese teacher. I was told to return 1 hour & 45 minutes later. Drove back home for coffee as I get busy at my laptop till it was time.

Took me only 15 minutes to drive to the school. I was asked to enter the classroom, 老师 introduced her teaching background & shared her observations of Leia’s current progress and potentials. She gave specific praises on Leia for her ability to introduce herself in front of new faces, focus and a fast learner. 老师 was spot on about her confusion in the sound of han yu pin ying as well as writing some Chinese character with incorrect strokes. I was won over.老师 was able to assess Leia while teaching lessons to 6 kids.

Managed to take a picture of Leia in the class. The little girl on the wall reminded me of the mermaid in Tokidoki Jujube Sea Amo. Lol.

老师 says Leia is well-liked by the girl sitting next to her and she enjoyed the class especially the games. My girl nodded with a wide grin on her face.

I was further briefed on the class lesson plan and how the activties engage the students.

(Source: Kids Start Now)

Our P1 classes:

  • Constant oral and Show and Tell practice to help kids excel in school
  • Word recognition and writing exercises following MOE curriculum
  • Exercise to build strong foundation in Han Yu Pin Yin
  • Practice tests to prepare kids for school assessments
  • Reading Programme strengthens reading and vocabulary through animated storybooks
  • $510 for 12 lessons (2 hrs/week)


Decided to sign up as I get Leia’s affirmative response. After class, my little girl began to speak to me in Chinese with confidence. Elated when she said, “I want to go back again, it’s been a fun day for me!”

The centre is conveniently located near Bedok Mrt for at least 2 years. I wished I had signed up earlier.  Had a glimpse of the kindergarten class which seem really fun, Leia asked,”Why am I not in this class?”. Ops. Likely, I will enrol Kryston when he’s 3 years old.

Tea Break at The Tiramisu 

Sunday afternoon, Mil was out with us. When she suggested tea break, I thought of The Tiramisu Hero. Mil told her she’s been to the cafe twice with her friends. The owner happened to be Daughter of her Friend. Cool. 

Leia taking a picture of the hero of the day. 

My Creme Brûlée Latte was served in a very cute cup. I had asked about the price of the cup as it’s tempting to bring one home. The waitress told me it will be cheaper if I bring home the cup I used compared to brand new. New concept for me. 

Ordered the Lemon Lavender Tiramisu to try. It was bit too sweet for me and I didn’t get to taste Lavender. Still prefer Gastronomic Tiramisu. 


Shall try original flavour next time. We ordered Waffle Ice Cream too. The cream and truffle waffle tasted incredible 😊

Here’s my kids in the rocking horse. 

We will be back!

A bowl of baby snack 

One afternoon, hubby was taking his weekend naps and I accompanied the kids in the living room. At home, they are always together. 

This time, sharing a bowl of baby snacks as they watched tv. Leia didn’t mind that the baby snacks was a little bland, she enjoyed the sharing moment. 

Kryston is a foodie. Whenever he sees his Sister eating fruits, he would point and goes “Mom Mom” asking to have some. 


Also I observed that he would look at his Sister from time to time. They have been loving towards each other. 


My greatest reward in life is having them.