Monday, June 29, 2015

Kids in charge, 2nd meeting at Thistle Hotel, Port Dickson 25 October 2013

The kids took turn to interview staffs of various department of the hotel and learnt what their jobs scope are, what are their likes and dislikes etc. Thereafter, they created an idea for a children workshop for a department of their choice.  

The huge pool provides endless fun for the children. They can even get free ice cream from the pool bar. At Thistle Hotel, my children spent more time at the pool than the beach. 

1st meeting here.

Hui's writings 22 October 2013

Loving Sibling Relationship October 2013

I was told that, at our ballet centre, there is a corner where hand-me-down shoes are stored for any students to take. En searched through the bags and got herself a pair of character shoes. She is thankful for that. 

Hui wasn't aware that her sister has gotten a pair of shoe. When En was in the class, she asked for a pair of hand-me-down shoes from the reception. She told me she has asked the staff at the reception because she didn't know where to get it. The kind staff helped her get a pair. 
She measured her own feet and left a big allowance in the show so that En can fit in the shoes.  

This the pair of character shoe.

I often admire the affection given for each other, between the two of them. 
Homeschooling has given them lots of time together and creates a strong bond, another thing I am very thankful for. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Hiking to Sg Pisang Waterfall, Karak, Pahang 24 August 2013

This is where we parked our vehicles, in front of Jungle Lodge Alang Sedayu . No one collect any parking fees from us. From here, it took about an hour to arrive Sungai Pisang Waterfall. 

Right before the blue barrier (photo on the right), climbed down the slope on the left.

Follow the path and you will come to the tunnels. This is the part that we liked the most, kicking the cooling water as we walked through the dim tunnel, reaching the forest at the end of it. From the tunnel, it is about 40 minutes easy hike to the waterfall.

One of the many fungi we saw.

I hang out here at the first fall, while En hiked to the higher one, by climbing up the slope across the waterfall.  

This is the slope to the higher fall and there is a clearing where you can camp. 

Bamboo Village, Kampung Sg. Hulu Langat, Selangor 12 October 2013

The owner, En Ramadhan greeted us at the entrance of Bamboo Village. The kids and I instantly felt at ease with the quiet and green surrounding. 

"Eagle Nest", our choice of accommodation is located furthest from the entrance at the far right corner.  It is only RM 120 per night for the 4 of us. 

"Eagle Nest"
En checking the toilet and cold shower bathroom. The stair led to the tiny bedroom. 

Thin mattresses and blanket on the floor. There is a fan as well. 
I like the simplicity and kids have no complaint as well. 

Our front view from the bedroom. 

En climbed out from the window and onto the plank. There she sat, under the roof, in deep thoughts.

At 6 pm, the flock of hens and rooster will roost in the trees above. From our window, we saw how one by one, the chickens flown up to the horizontal stick that is tied between the two trees. From the stick, they flown up to the trees above. 

 I was awoke by the sound of En running down from our bedroom early morning in darkness. I wasn't sure why she was awoke that early. She came back later, excitedly exclaimed that she witnessed all the chickens flown down from the tree.  

Some hens slept on top of the plants. 

I saw a tiny yellow snake slithered on the roof in the day and thereafter found a molted skin!  

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Cultural Appreciation Co Op Show and Tell (Malaysia) 7 October 2013

 En(in whiteT ), doing what she does best,  that is to work with her hands and teach. 
She loves weaving and I see her weaves everywhere, whenever she sees leaves great for weaving. 

En excitedly joined a "Cultural Appreciation Co Op Show and Tell" initiated by a homeschool mom, one of the many moms I admire.  She has always wanted to do a "Show and Tell"  with friends and this opportunity came at the right time.  

After the first meet up, they went home with some work to complete for the next presentation. En paired up with a friend on a weaving topic.

I told her to do research, just as what her team mate has said,  even though I know she is not into long research and reading dry facts. No, not just yet.  

A couple of days later, she said to me  this"Show and Tell" is not something she wanted to do and wish to pull out. 

I know it may be the dreaded research she has to do. I should have just let her ease into it than to tell her she has to do it. 
So I said to her, we will need to do the first topic as promised and will stop thereafter. Thankfully, she agreed without any hesitation.  

And I added (with the hope to fix my mistake), " Follow your heart and do what you enjoys doing". And leave her be. 

I watched her busy with her usual knick-knack and then she said she only needs to cut banana leaves for the "Show and Tell". On that day, she showed the simple weaving part that she always does and gave an impromptu short sentences. No long dry facts. After it all ended, she said she likes to continue and do more "Show and Tell". 


I admire her calm "Show and Tell" and the very best part is, she enjoyed the session.     

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Kids In Charge, 1st Meeting at Thistle Hotel Port Dickson 21 September 2013

Thistle Hotel Port Dickson was in its quest to become the best family hotel in the region, has selected 10 children from age 7 to 12 years to tap their minds on areas for improvement in their hotel. Prior to En being selected, she was interested to participate and therefore applied and got called for an interview. She was the only home-schooler among the other 9 school going children that were selected.

The children needs to attend 4 meetings. At the last meeting, they need to come out with an idea and present it to the management and media.

I remember how eager she was, to go to work and contribute and joyfully looking forward to each meeting. While she was at the meeting, Thistle Hotel PD generously provided us a 3 days 2 nights stay at the hotel, full board.

Parents were allowed to observed the first 15 minutes of the first meeting.

En has no feeling anxious, nervous or whatsoever. She was calm and excited. She enjoyed it so much and miss the meeting when it was over.

Basic Level 1 figure skating test @Royale Bintang Hotel, E-Curve 5 October 2013

Lifting up one leg and be able to hold it for at least 6 seconds and skate in a straight line is one of the five parts of level 1. 
Little one went through all the five parts easily.  

En 's right leg is weaker than her left leg, coach commented all the time. And coach added that it is not advisable for her to take the test.   
I thought En would crashed but she took it with stride and practiced really hard.  It was a pretty hectic month in September for her and she collapsed exhausted in bed the night after practice.. When the test came, she said "she is ready for the test". And true enough, her "one foot glide" on right foot went well on the test.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Adventure Cove Waterpark, Singapore 29 September 2013

Close encounter with string ray. It was a great experience for them. 

Snorkeling at water park!

En went up the "Riptide Rocket" alone while Hui paired up with dad. It is a two-seater float. 

The staff told me this ride is the fastest here and has the longest queues. So it is best to go straight to this the moment you enter the water park.

Life jackets are available all around the water park. Just help yourself and you can drop it off at any stations. Such a convenient facility!

We entered the park in the noon and were able to take all the rides as it is not a very huge park

Friday, June 27, 2014

Heritage Walk in Johor Bahru 28 September 2013

Observing bread making @Jalan Tan Hiok Nee. The bread is baked with traditional brick oven.  

An Indian grocery shop. Small shop but full of treasures.

Another brick oven bakery at Jalan Salahuddin. 

While eating at Jalan Meldrum, push cart food stalls, there was an old granny hollered "ma biu bo"  (cantonese). It reminded me of my childhood where my parent would buy  "ma biu bo" for just 10 or 20 cents. I bought a copy from the granny and it costs 50 cent!. :) 

 The Chinese Heritage Museum at Jalan Tan Hiok Nee is informative and interesting. 

The display on the praying altar is so extensive !! 

Street Performance at JB Arts Festival, Johor Bharu 27 September 2013

This is the kids ' 4th performance with JJB children theatre at JB Arts Festival.  
En was feeling at the top of the world, doing both stilts and hoop, juggling and twirling it, switching from one hand to the other. 

Little one improved so much this time around. She sang much louder and her body movement are so much beautiful. 

Terra Farm Tree House, Brinchang, Cameron Highland Pahang 14 September 2013

We started with visiting Terra farm and ended up knowing a bit of how plants can grow naturally and healthily. I said, "a bit " because I am not fluent in Mandarin which was the language of choice of the owner who is passionately explaining when we were touring the farm.  It is heartwarming to know a farmer who cares so much on planting 'real' food. Terra vegetables will be part of our diet from now on.  

This is the dining hall or community hall and kitchen where all the guests of the total six tree houses mingle, eat and cook. The ingredients for cooking is provided by Terra. We paid RM 100 per adult and RM 80 per kid, per night.  

En suprised (maybe I should said shocked) everyone (yes, including me) by entertaining the crowd here at the dining hall. (no photo of it though) by belting up a few songs right in front. 
I was awestruck by how fearless she is. And if you asked me what I did to my child, I did nothing but just being her biggest supporter and trusting her that she will bloom naturally on her own.

At 7 am sharp, she dashed out of the tree house with one of her close friend, xy  all for the sake of cooking in the kitchen, preparing breakfast.

From tree house number 6, which located at the highest point among the six tree houses, we hiked up through the cold jungle.  

Do you know what this is?

Looks really nice, isn't it?

Campfire to shoo mosquito out of the tree house.

The children of Terra happily brought their kid-guests to pluck some strawberries, leading the way through the hilly farm. I am impressed by how calm and kind hearted these children are. And it struck me hard, to live even more simple and cut down unnecessarily distractions. Do what matters but not what the crowd does.

The walk way among the tree houses. This is definitely better than a 5 star hotel. 

Being 9 in a group, we stayed at the biggest tree house. Other tree houses accommodate 4 to 7 people. 
This is the exterior verandah.  

This big tree house has two doors where both lead to two rooms. The room on the right side has a ladder that goes up to another room and there is where all the 9 of us slept.
The toilet/shower is located behind it at the side.

We utterly love love this place. Simple and refreshing.