Friday, June 27, 2014
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 !!
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.
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.
You need a modified 4WD to reach Lata Berembun waterfall. Our driver is Alvin Loo and can be contacted at 016 711 3626, firstname.lastname@example.org. He is an experienced one who drove us across river and deep muddy track. He picked us up from the wet market of Kg. Sg Klau, Jalan Sg. Chalit. There is a parking space at the market where we parked our car.
From Sg. Gombak toll, Karak Highway, it took about 1.5 hour to arrive here. The "kopitiam" at Kg. Sg. Klau are opened for breakfast when we arrived at 9am.
Taking a break from the 45 minutes journey from the pick up point to Lata Berembun Waterfall.
Enjoying the sweet sour taste of "kedondong" plucked from the hill side.
The terrain that we passed through. It could be muddy after a rain.
We just need to trek a short distance of less than 10 minutes to the fall from where we were dropped off.
There is a pool of fresh cooling water to dip in.
The kids created the water flowing system.
This water scoop is made of two twigs and a 'mooncake' plastic container.
Cooking and baking is part of life, part of homeschooling. As we live, we learn. It is not limited by curriculum. It is anything that matters to the learner.
I just talked to a parent who asked, how I homeschool? This is a very common question to me and I have been asked countless of times. The strange thing is, each time I was asked this very question, I still find it hard to explain that, in fact, the whole thing is homeschooling. Life itself, my life, your life is homeschooling. The whole world is a school. It is not bound by a curriculum where a certain objectives should be met at the end of it. It is hard to digest that education can be spontaneous and if you let it, it can happen the minute one wakes up.
Another popular question is what about goal? Don't we need to set a goal for the kid? Here is a writing on goal-less which I feel it resonates with me. Read here
En has modified her last year cardboard game. The 9 holes box( left) was upright and glued on another 3-holes box. She recycled the old token box (right)
This is the new game.
On the first day, she didn't look happy manning this game. I found out it was because she modified the rule of the games following someone's suggestion and she felt that the new rule is not as good as her original one. I always tell her to be open-minded and listen to suggestion. And this scenario created another opportunity to tell her, to appreciate suggestion and how to reject politely and trust your feeling. The next day, she changed the game back to her original rule and it turned out that customers were indeed happier playing the original one.
Peeping into the token box, I saw she improvised the token box by pasting a half-cut muesli bar box(left top) to collect tokens slotted- in from outside.
My 6 year old bravely attending to the arcade business.
One token for three balls.
The balls were pushed out through the small hole (see below)