Friday, September 30, 2011

Bento #288 (L's Lunch) - Pinky Piggy

In the box:  Sweet potato with honey, teriyaki chicken, stir fry bean sprout & longan.

Tried out a new dish today from one of my bento book, sweet potato with honey.  My kiddos at times are not so adventurous when comes to food.  After much coaxing, they were willing to try it out, only if I cooked something that they like, that is - teriyaki chicken.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Initiative Badge - Z

Another badge added to Z's collection!  Well done my boy!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Bento #287 - Lunch (2 sets)

In the boxes: Korean dumplings, cucumber sushi, grapes, longan & fried mee tai mak.

Feeling tired so prepared simple lunch boxes for the kiddos.  Z asked for sushi as well so added in the sushi for him, otherwise he will 'complain' why no sushi for such a long time.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Bento #286 (Z's Lunch)- Pikachu

In the containers:  Grapes, sausages, minced chicken patties, peas, cherry tomatoes & tofu soup. 
A weird looking pikachu! Hehe..  At least my boy knows who it is.  My kids usually don't take egg yolk but if I use it to make food cute or make the egg look cuter, they will eat it.  Sometimes I feel like not making bentos anymore but if it helps to make my kiddos eat everything, I will have to continue..

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Beanie @ 31 Months

My 31 months old baby enjoys pretending to talk to someone over the phone.

Last month, I remembered I was sort of 'complaining' about his behavior and this month, he seems to be slightly better and more sensible too.

One evening (28/08), Z was struggling to finish his food (coz he doesn't like the veggie and our house rule is that we don't waste food, so he had to finish it) and was throwing temper, hitting the back of his hand on the table.  Beanie has finished his dinner and was seated next to him having his fruit.  He tapped him gently and told him "gorgor, don't hit table. Hand pain pain. Eat all." After that, he told me what happened.  I thought that was very sweet of him to encourage Z to finish his food.
Beanie with one of his fire engines

He is into birthday song & birthday cake now. He loves watching the video on how to make fire engine cake. He often pretend one of his fire engines is the cake, places a smaller one on top to be the candle.  Then after singing the birthday song alone or with us, he 'blows' the candle and give out the 'cake' to us. It's just so cute to see him doing all these.

Beanie loves the bedtime routine with LZdaddy.   He loves to listen to Papa's story telling, for instance tonight, he requested for a fire story.  When papa said it, he gave suggestions to papa how the story should be too.  Usually after story telling, they sing together and without fail, they sing "old macdonald has a farm".
♥ He's so funny!  All of us were watching TV and he wanted to block us from watching by standing in front of the TV, not knowing that it was higher!

Songs he likes: Bingo, ABD, Korean song "Sorry sorry..." & Justin Bieber "Oh baby"

♥ He likes to ask "What you doing?" "What happen?" Often, after we tell him, he says "Oh... Bean bean help you?" Even when we watching TV, he asks questions. Like tonight, I was watching CSI and he asked "Mama, what aunty doing there?"

♥ He is able to count in Chinese 1 to 10. When daddy was counting with him, he said "papa, no!  Bean bean try!"  (he wants to do counting on his own)  One of things that I love what he does is he often wants to try doing things on his own.  "Bean bean try?"

♥ His favourite food: Soba!
♥ Last month, he was a samurai.  This month, he is a policeman!  Thanks to 3rd BIL, he bought him the toys and he loves it. When we are out, he insisted to have all these with him so he can catch the bad guys!  Haha.. 
♥ One of his favorite past time: Puzzle!  Besides fixing it, he learns counting too.
♥  Here's 2 videos of us going through the Chinese flashcards while waiting for LZ. He sounds so 'ang moh'! First video recorded on 01/09 & 2nd video on 13/09.

♥ Efforts paid off!  This is the first card he recognises without me asking.  馒头!(20/09)
♥ He was so happy when he did it!

Nutella Cookies

Baked some cookies for my kids tea break. It's super easy to bake these. I didn't even bother to use rolling pins to roll the dough , used my palm to press it and used the cookie cutter to out the shapes.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

NAPFA 2011 - L

Well done Sweetie!  She got a GOLD!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

二胡 - Z's First Song

After learning 二胡 for about 2 months, Z is able to play a tune now.  It's not perfect but we are very happy and so is he! Can you guess the song?  2nd video is a slower version  of the 1st. He likes the fast one and I like both, especially the slow one.   Well done my boy!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Bento #285 (Z's Lunch) - Elephant

In the box: Raspberries, baked chicken, corn sweet peas & carrots.

I don't have a mold for making an elephant, used my hand to mold it.  Not to bad right?  Hehe....

Made more sausage buns for the kiddos.  I would love to try making other bread but first, I must keep feeding them sausage buns till they get tired of it.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

L's Abstract Artwork & More Painting..

L didn't get to do the abstract art the other day, she completed this today.   Love the colour she used!

Beanie requested for more painting to do.  I was kind of lazy to think of what to paint, so let him used toilet roll as a 'brush' to play with the paint.  Nice?  I love it!  Especially the red one! Besides using it as a brush, he used it to do stamping.  Clever boy!

Chess - Thematic

Finally my 2 older ones completed their thematic course!  Asked them if they want to continue and they said yes!

Fingers/Hand Games

These are the finger/hands games that they play currently.  They learned from their friends in school.  Everyday, I hear "Za! Za!....." or "Underwear, what monkey...."  *faint* Well, at least they are not 'fighting'!

Friday, September 16, 2011

My 'Special" Meal

While I was busied wrapping up the new books that I bought recently, my little one so sweet to serve me this. 

He knew I was busy and pretended to cut and feed me.  His action melt my heart...♥  
Wonder will he do the same when I'm old?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Bacon Onion Buns

My first attempt in making this. Kiddos wanted sausage buns so made some for them too.  Note to myself:  must roll more filling into it.   Review from my family:  They love it!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Bento #284 - Rilakkuma Sushi

In the boxes:  Rice, nuggets, cold soba. edamame & grapes (soba sauce not in pic)

My attempt in making rilakumma sushi.  Look like it?   My girl was elated, her favourite character for now.  My boy... "Mommy, the bears very cute!" Ok, I will take it that he doesn't know who Rilakumma is.   Yup!  He doesn't know, he was happy as long as he had sushi. Hehe... 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Bento #283 - Little froggies

In the box: Rice, minced pork (under the rice), grapes, sausages and beans with egg.

When my boy first saw the bento, he first thought was why mommy didn't put any meat in there!  My boy can't live without meat.  Every meal, he has to eat meat, lots of it.   I intentionally hid it under the rice.

Monday, September 12, 2011

中秋节 2011

 A great family bonding time we had.  We had an early dinner and went down for some fun with sparklers & their lanterns.  A night filled with love, laughter, chinese tea and not forgetting mooncakes!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Pic of My Babies - September 2011

LZ with their angry birds lanterns ♥

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Z's FIRST Competition - 52nd National Inter-School Team Chess Championship

Till now, I have to pinch myself to know this was real!   Z represented the school for his FIRST chess competition - 52nd National Inter-School Team Chess Championship 2011! He was nervous & excited and so am I! At least he managed to sleep early but not for me.  I was worried what if he didn't get any point for the team at all?  Or worst, he didn't win any game at all?  How would he feel?  Many thoughts ran through my mind...
He left early this morning for school as the school has arranged transport for the 2 teams. I met him at the school where the competition was held. The school teams was in an upbeat mood when I saw them.  A few of us mommies went along to support the kids. I wanted to be there for Z, to give him moral support. My friend, Michelle told me it was important for us to be there, to cheer for them and give my boy moral support.
With his team A members.

The school sent 2 teams for the competition, with team A as the so called "attacking" (main team) team (I think, coz I was too tired to remember what I was told) and the team B as the "exploring" team.   Z was honored to be in team A and was supposed to be in board 4.   It has been quite some time since the school is involved in chess competition.
With both teams, teacher & Mr Philip Chan

The teams were demoralised after losing 1 round... I was glad I was one of the mommies there to cheer for them.  2rd round...  Z was one of the first to finish the game and when he came out, this cheeky boy of mine gave me a sad look and a thumbs down.  I thought he lost the game again but....  He told me he draw the game!  Yay!  My boy scored the first 1/2 point for the school!  Sadly, the rest of them lost the games. But with the 1/2 point, it was a great booster for the kids. The kids were 'lectured' by their coach/boss, Philip and with the lecture in mind, the kids did much better with the subsequent rounds.
Thanks Michelle, for the 3 lovely pics above of my boy.   Very happy to see him focusing on the games.
My boy waiting for his opponent...

Overall, I think the kids did quite well as this is a first competition for most of them.  They faced tough fights against some well known school teams, to be able to stay calm and tried their best to compete in the games. Even though we were not one of the top 10 on the list, I was very happy to see the school team A slowly going up the ladder (think final result they were in the middle).  Well done boys and of coz not forgetting the only girl in the teams!

★ 1st round (board 4), Z played against Nan Yang primary team A - lost
★ 2nd round (board 4), against Kheng Cheng primary - draw
★ 3rd round (board 3), against Nan Hua - won
★ 4th round (board 3), against Tao Nan team B - lost
★ 5th round (board 4), against  Nan Hua team A - won
★ 6th round (board 3), against Maris Stella High - draw

After 6 rounds and out of 130 kids played U9. Z was ranked 50th (by points) & 56th (by percentage)!  It may means nothing but just wanted to record it for my boy.  Proud that he scored the most for the team.

Philip is quite satisfied with Z's result. He said Z could have better result if he was more focus and not fooled around so much.  For us, we are overjoyed and we thought he did pretty well for his first competition and at least he didn't get 0 point. Hehe...  Well done Rascal!  We are sooooo PROUD of YOU!

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