Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost 30 July 2010

Is it easy to homeschool? Do I enjoy doing it? Why must I unschool ? *sigh* 

It never easy to take the road less travel. And I am trying my best. And I am learning to enjoy it. And I need go on for EnHui.

A reader of my blog sent me this poem. Thank you very much, Trisha Pathak. I love the poem.

The Road Not Taken by Rober Frost.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Not my way anymore. 30 July 2010

I couldn't believe my eyes when I walked into the EnHui's bedroom,
" Tambourines and Treacle Tarts!  "
She decorated her bed frame and added a 'cupboard' for stationery.

Another 'cupboard' for toys and a window with Halloween theme
Two tables from the study room has been shifted to the bedroom.

Though I noticed she was decorating her room, behind close door, the day before, never did I know the changes was this much. Oh my. I was about to blow up.. then I saw her drawing.

It is such a happy drawing, with the caption "I LOVE TO PLAY"
That must be Hui's drawing. It is a rainbow. She has been trying to paint rainbow lately.
Then, I saw she completed another piece of sums.

Dad's drawing. Impressive. Never attend art class at all.

I think maybe she needs her table in her bedroom. I decorated my own room.. and why not her.  

Friday, July 30, 2010

Clutter ! I LOVE you. 30 July 2010

Friday am.
It is really not easy to deal with the mess that EnHui creates. Me being partly OCD takes longer time to clean and make sure things are okay.

I am learning hard to deal with it.
(1) I must love it, love it, love it. or (2) Be mad and scream.
Option (2) is not an option. Hence, I must love and live with mess for the sake of creativity play.

" I love you baby and trust in me when I say okay " la la la

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Letter to aunt Ling 29 July 2010

Thursday evening.

Today, En showed Hui how to post a letter.

Is it going to reach aunt ? The envelope is decorated with dangling ribbons and many stickers! The content is a piece of  En's drawing with Tux paint.

Rain Gauge 28 July 2010

Wednesday pm

Our rain gauge, put up on Wednesday. So far, no rain is collected.

Thermometer and Measurement 29 July 2010

Thursday pm.
I saw this thermometer at a bookstore and bought it.

The first reading was at 20deg c. We put it under the hot sun, and see the reading went up. Then I suggested En to put it inside the freezer, where the reading went down to  below 0, -3deg c. Then, she went on trying it at few places.  :)

Barbie 's home 29 July 2010

Thursday am
Barbie has a cozy room with bed, closet and shower. by En.

Change of Guard, Istana Negara 29 July 2010

Thursday 12pm
It is my first time at Istana Negara! Change of Guard is daily at 12pm. Direction : Head to Jalan Istana ( Istana Negara on your right side). Go straight pass Istana Negara. You will come to a fork, take the right one with the  "Pusat Bandaraya" signboard. Immediately keep right and make a U-turn back to Jalan Istana. Park by the side of Istana Negara.

En asked "How do we know if King was inside or out? " I told her to look for a flag, if it's up, he is in and vice versa.

Hui is more interested with the flowers and complaint of smelly horse & hot weather.

Here comes the guards. This is the lane where we parked our car.


Both guards of old and new shift rode the horse simultaneuosly towards each other and exchange position. The whole process just took about 1 minute and that's it. If you have watched the change of guard at Buckingham Palace, your reaction would be "WHAT?" ;)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

What was I scared off? 28 July 2010

Wednesday bedtime.
Off late, Hui is hooked to Dr Seuss. Tonight I read Ten Tall Tales by Dr.Seuss (Dr Seuss).

When we reached the 6th tales "What was I scared of ?" , she commented "nothing".

As I read, she pointed to the pants with nobody inside & said "Beat it up !"

When we reached this page, she said "I am scared now" and hid behind my arm! :)
En covered the book and told me to stop.
Hui came out & asked "why there is nobody in the pants? Let's check the computer!"

Later on, I asked "if she wish to stop" or 'Shall I continue to read and find out?"
I got the green light to continue and finally reached the end. :)
Hui questioned "why they could say 'Hi' to each other? " I said "They have accepted each other differences" 

The 10th tales, "Yurtle the turtle" made EnHui burst with laughter !
Hui said "Again". I was made to read the 191 pages again.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Horrible History, Scholastic 23 July 2010

Savage Stone Age Sticker Book (Horrible Histories)

En just completed Cut-throat Celts Sticker-Activity Book (Horrible Histories). She did Rotten Romans Sticker Book (Horrible Histories), Dark Knights and Dingy Castles Sticker-Activity Book (Horrible Histories) ,Terrible Tudors Sticker Book (Horrible Histories), and love Savage Stone Age Sticker Book (Horrible Histories) the most.

When she does topics that she likes, enthusiasm and concentration comes naturally.

EnHui's new paper toys 26 July 2010


Cutting & pasting from paper craft book..

Cherating again! 24 July 2010

Saturday 8am
   Dad & En @beach, Duyong Restaurant.

Yes ! We were back to Cherating. The journey that took approx 3hours (to Ruby's Resort) reminded me of the great moments we spent with aunty June & family at Cherating last month. 
For direction, after Jabor toll, you will see a signboard above you  "Trengganu/Kemamam", just follow that sign and you will come to another highway. Go straight till you see a flyover bridge, take a left turn (before flyover bridge) and left again (follow Kemamam sign). From here, straight road to Cherating and Ruby Resort.

When I stepped foot at Ruby's, the "home again" feeling was so great. It was awesome!

Left- En & hatchings before releasing them to sea.  Right- Bags of green turtle eggs

Left- Hui @Ruby's beach.  Right- a dog trying to join our group photo.

I woke up by the sound of roosters crowing and birds chirping. The air was crisp, cool and fresh.

And I saw grand aunt doing Qi Gong.

 That's our Margosa dormitory of 10 bunk beds, located at the end of Ruby's Resort, surrounded with trees, for our group of 10 adults and EnHui.

Friday, July 23, 2010

How long is En going to come back? 23 July 2010

Friday night.

 Hui asked "How long is En going to come back? ..(paused).. I love En." En wanted to sleepover at grandma's , hoping to catch the first glimpse of uncle Vich when he arrives. This is her second sleepover.
Hui misses her at home. 

( Photo - reading before bedtime. 24 Aug 09 )

Did you sew it? 23 July 2010

En sew around a piece of tissue paper that stuffed with tissue papers and hang it up at the closet's knob as deco !

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Wind detector 22 July 2010

Thursday afternoon.
A simple home wind detector to measure how hard the wind is blowing.
a thick cardboard, thin cardboard, tin foil, writing paper & tissue paper.
More on  Weather (Discovering Nature)

Da, I want to do sum ! 22 July 2010

Thursday morn.

Early in the morning, En asked dad for more sum. After writing it down, dad left for work.

A while later, she put her work on top of the washer. When she wasn't near, I took a quick peep. ;p

Did you just peep too?

Hui's colouring 21 July 2010

A great change since her first attempt 5 days ago. Totally self-directed.  

Domino Pizza School Tour 20 July 2010

Tuesday 9am

Our group of 7 mothers and 13 children, aged 2 to 12 visited Domino Pizza @Neo D'sara.
Left- We were required to wear hair net before stepping into the kitchen. 
Right- En was shown how to twist twisty bread by the store manager.  

Left- Let's twist. Hui rather sat on the kitchen top than getting her hand sticky! 
 Right- Pizza dough (salt, sugar, flour, yeast and water & NO perservatives!)

Left - The delivery map. En said to Fara & Hannah, "This is Ikea, this is Curve..."
Right- In the midst of it, Hui decided she had enough & ran out to the sitting area. Bye Hui.

Left- The bread slid into the oven slowly.
Right- Pizza for breakfast ! Our first time.  

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