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Monday, December 9, 2013

Happy Birthday

Time flies. My princess is now 4-year-old. Sometimes I just couldn't believe that my baby girl is no longer an infant but a cute, active girl. Happy Birthday, my sweetheart! 
This year, we have the 1st birthday celebration for my princess in Kuching. My hubby and I planned to throw her a birthday party but my princess told me that she preferred to have it only with us. I was quite surprised on her decision as I thought kids always prefer to have big party with many other kids. Seems like I was wrong. In the end, we brought her to my parents' place to have some fun with her grandma.

As for the cake, I have failed to order a 3D Thomas and Friends birthday cake for her as it needs minimum 1-month pre-order from most of the famous bakers here. In the end, I have solved the problem by ordering a moist chocolate cake from Secret Recipe and bought her favorite Thomas and Friends toys from the Toys'R'us to place on top of the cake as decor. I am glad she is very happy with it and couldn't stop playing with her toys after the cake cutting.

I realized that this solution is better than having the 3D cake which has too much coloring and those with fondant is not really tasty.

Last year, she had an Elmo birthday cake. This year, her favorite character has changed to Thomas the train. Hmm... I wonder what will be her next favorite character next year. So unpredictable. Haha!

Bubble fun

Finally my princess has the chance to play with her new bubble gun we bought for her in Oct. Emm.... it's Dec now. I have to admit  that she is pretty patient in waiting. Hahaha. This gun is fun. It needs 3 AA batteries to work. The gun comes with nice soothing music whenever you pull the trigger to make beautiful bubbles. I have to go online and learn how to make the bubble solutions soon. ^^

Special friends

My daughter has a surprise birthday present from her special friends in the morning. I wish they can spend more time together next time. :)

4-yr-old birthday present

My princess is very excited to open up her birthday present from Aunt Jennifer and her kids (Abigail and Anselym). Thank you for brighten up our day! ^^

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Four Lions (2010)

Four Lions is a 2010 British black comedy film. It's about four incompetent British jihadists set out to train for and commit an act of terror.


Plot

A group of young Muslim men from Sheffield have become radicalised and aspire to become suicide bombers. They are Omar (played by Riz Ahmed), the leading member who is deeply critical of Western society; his dim-witted friend, Waj (Kayvan Novak); Barry (Nigel Lindsay), a bad-tempered White convert to Islam; and naive Faisal (Adeel Akhtar), who tries to train crows to be used as bombers. While Omar and Waj go to a terrorist training camp in Pakistan, Barry recruits a reluctant fifth member, Hassan (Arsher Ali). The visit to the training camp ends in disaster, with Omar misfiring a rocket that kills fellow jihadists; however, he uses the experience to assert authority on his return to Britain.
The group begins acquiring materials for making improvised explosives but disagree about what to target. Barry wants to bomb a local mosque as a false flag operation in order to "radicalise the moderates", but Omar considers this idiotic. Faisal suggests blowing up a branch of Boots, but Omar doesn't think it is a worthwhile target. Hassan compromises their secrecy by allowing a neighbour (Julia Davis) into their safe house, and the team must transport their volatile explosives to a new location. Faisal accidentally blows himself up after tripping in a field, resulting in a row among the remaining four, who temporarily separate. They reconcile, however, and Omar decides to target the London Marathon.

Wearing various costumes to conceal their explosives — Omar as the Honey Monster; Waj as a man riding an ostrich; Barry as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle; and Hassan as an inverted clown — they prepare to blow themselves up. Waj expresses doubts about the rectitude of the plot, but Omar convinces him to go ahead. Hassan loses his nerve and tries to give himself up to the police, but Barry detonates his bomb using a mobile phone, killing Hassan and alerting the authorities to the remaining three. Omar realises he has led his unwitting friend, Waj, into something he does not want to do, and sets off to make him change his mind. Police attempt to shoot Omar as he mingles with other runners, but instead shoot a bystander dressed as a Wookie; prompting a lengthy discussion of whether or not a wookie is in fact a bear, and what a honey monster is, Omar eventually contacts Waj via his mobile phone, but is attacked by Barry, who swallows the phone's SIM card. However, Barry begins to choke on it, causing a passer-by to carry out the Heimlich manoeuvre and detonate his bomb.

Waj is cornered by police and takes a kebab shop hostage. Omar borrows a phone and attempts to talk Waj down. However, his call is interrupted by a police raid in which they shoot a hostage whom they mistake for the bomber. Confused, Waj proceeds to detonate his own bomb, destroying the kebab shop. Distraught, Omar walks into a nearby pharmacy and detonates his own bomb. It is revealed later that Omar's innocent and peaceful brother has been arrested and is suspected by the police to be a terrorist; that the police deflect responsibility for shooting the bystander; and that Omar and Waj killed Osama Bin Laden when Omar misfired the missile in Pakistan.
When my hubby introduced this comedy to me, I wasn't interested at the beginning. Well, it seems like I'm wrong many times by judging a book from it's cover. I slept off half way without knowing but woke up early in the morning to continue this movie. It's very funny indeed. I have enjoyed throughout the whole story as the black comedy is kind of unique. The jokes are very different from the usual comedy, it can make my hubby and I laughed a lot. 
I'm not sure how many terrorists are there who are truly willing to sacrifice their precious lives in suicide bombing. I feel sad seeing Omar leaving his understanding wife and smart boy just like that. 
If you would like to get a good laugh in your boring or stressful life, watch this! You are going to love it!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Wikipedia needs your support!


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Friday, November 15, 2013

Richard Clayderman is coming to Kuching!

Richard Clayderman (born Philippe Pagès, 28 December 1953) is a French pianist who has released numerous albums including the compositions of Paul de Senneville and Olivier Toussaint, instrumental renditions of popular music, rearrangements of movie soundtracks, ethnic music, and easy-listening arrangements of popular works of classical music.

Early life

Clayderman was born in Paris, France, and learned piano from his father, a piano teacher.
At the age of twelve, he was accepted into the Conservatoire de Paris, where he won great acclaim in his later adolescent years. Financial difficulties, precipitated by his father's illness, forestalled a promising career as a classical pianist. So in order to earn a living, he found work as a bank clerk and as an accompanist to contemporary bands. He accompanied French singers such as Johnny Hallyday, Thierry Le Luron, and Michel Sardou.

Clayderman has recorded over 1,300 melodies, and has created a new romantic style through a repertoire which combines his trademark originals with classics and pop standards. He has devoted much of his time to performing concerts, going as far as playing 200 shows in 250 days. He has clocked up worldwide record sales of approximately 70 million, as of 2006, and has 267 gold and 70 platinum discs to his credit. He is popular in Asia and is noted by the Guinness Book of World Records as being "the most successful pianist in the world".


He lives in Saint-Ouen (near Paris) with his wife Christine, his son Peter, and his daughter Maud. (Copied and edited from Wikipedia)


The best part is, he is coming to Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia!!

World-famous pianist Richard Clayderman will be performing his enchanting tunes in his first concert here on Nov 7 2013.

Held in conjunction with his latest album, Romantique, the 60-year-old piano maestro, who is known for his remarkably distinctive reinterpretations of classical and popular tunes, will be performing music from the album as well as his popular musical numbers.

Clayderman will be accompanied by his percussionist and 12-piece string orchestra in the concert to be held at Pullman Kuching. This is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for music lovers who have grown up listening to Richard Clayderman’s music to catch the world’s most successful pianist live.


Beside Kuching, the acclaimed pianist will also be performing in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 4, George Town, Penang on Nov 5 and Kota Kinabalu, Sabah on Nov 8 as part of his tour in Malaysia in addition to touring Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines.


The concert in Kuching is the only venue with a VIP ticket category where it is inclusive of a dinner after the concert as well as a ‘Meet & Greet’ session with Richard Clayderman. Each VIP tickets are priced at RM1,500.

Other tickets available are priced at RM118 for students, RM218 (Silver), RM418 (Gold), and RM618 (Platinum) and they can be purchased through the Ticket Charge hotline at 03-92228811 or via its website at www.ticketcharge.com.my.

A roadshow for the concert from today until Oct 20 will be held at The Spring Shopping Mall, Plaza Merdeka and City One Megamall. (Copied and edited from Borneo Post)

46-month-old Reading and Learning Progress

To be honest, I have lost track on the books my princess has been reading for all these days. I kept purchasing new books and she just read 5 to 7 books at a time. She hardly repeat the books that she had read unless they are really interesting and fun.


My princess has been picking up her great interest on languages. She is learning Mandarin, Spanish, Korean, Bahasa Malaysia apart from English.

For the words that she can speak in Spanish:
Colors:
Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Black, White, Grey, Pink, Brown

Numbers:
0 to 20

Seasons:
Spring, summer, autumn, Winter

Months of the year:
January to December

Shapes:
Oval, circle, square, cube, pentagon

Fruits:
grapes, apple, orange

Thank you, goodbye, let's go...

We are still working on the fruits and vegetable. Well, for those who wants to teach your kids some languages that we (as parents) don't know either, we have to be humble, patient and learn together with them. My memory is not as good as my daughter. Her learning progress is so much faster compare to mine yet I'm trying my best to learn so that I can be her learning companion. We will test each other to kill times in the car or while waiting for our food in the restaurant. I found that it's a very fun revision game for both of us.

For Chinese characters, I'm surprised that she did self learn the numbers from zero to twenty and colours. Thanks for the app on the iPad. Hahaha!

So for the Chinese characters that she can recognize:
上, 下, 左, 右, 前,后,多,少, 零至二十,人,头,口,牙,手,耳,山,石,田,天,风,雨,木,土,花, 草, 树,叶,书,米,肉,豆,布,衣,日,月,水,火,云,门,刀,瓜,果,走,来,去,大,小,吃,笑,哭

Mathematics:
She can count from 0 to 100. Doing addition and subtraction. She can memorize the multiplication table for x2, x3 and x4. Not so confident in x4 yet.

Solar system:
She can memorize all the planets name, such as sun, Mars, Venus, Earth, Moon, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune, Mercury, asteroids, comet, etc.


Flags, countries' name and the locality of the countries on the map:
Cuba, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, China, South Korea, Japan, United States, United Kingdom, Bahrain, Nepal, India, Argentina, Sri Lanka, Belgium, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Thailand, Greece, Philippines, Germany, Ghana, South Africa, Brazil, France, Colombia, Russia, Sweden, Egypt, Nigeria, Turkey, Finland, Greenland, Switzerland, Italy, Madagascar, Vietnam, Norway, Iceland, Papua New Guinea, Panama, Mexico, Spain, Chile, Netherlands, Romania, Portugal.
(I am not good in flags and names of countries. So I tried to learn together with her while teaching her at the same time. In the end, she is a faster learner than me. I can feel the stress now. Surrender!)

Below are not very familiar yet:
Jamaica, Kenya, Kuwait, Tunisia, Qatar, Denmark

Writing:
Great improvement in writing skill. She can follow the dotted line well. No problem in writing A to Z and all numbers. She is trained in basic strokes and Chinese characters too. As for number 8, she is still not so confident yet.

Coloring:
I feel so happy that she can color better now. She can avoid to color out from the line and even mix colors. Her favorite sequence of her colors are always rainbow colors. All the colorful things that she owns must be arranged according to the rainbow color.  

Spelling:
My princess has very good memory. It helps her in reading, learning and spelling too. She can spell out the words by phonetics or by her pictorial memory. Previously I did teach her how to grab the spelling skills from 3 letters, 4 letters and 5 letters words. Seems like she has grabbed the technique and feel fun to spell out the words by herself.

Songs that she can sing:
- Rainbow song
- What a wonderful world
- You are my sunshine
- Butterfly
- Minion song
- You raise me up
- Gummy bear songs
etc (she knows how to type and search the songs or video clips she likes from youtube. She has self-learned many songs online.)

Below are the books that she read (and I can remember):

Little Grammar Book:
- And, or, but
( a book on conjunctions )
- Ouch!
( a book of exclamations )
- Quack, Quack and Tick-Tock
( a book on animal and object sounds )
- Jumps or jumped?
( a book on present and past tenses )
- Press or Do not press?
( a book on positive and negative sentences )
- See or Saw?
( a book on present and past tenses )
- Play + ing
( a book on gerunds)
- Is Reading, Have Read
( a book on continuous and perfect tenses)
- John is = John's
( a book on contractions )
- A, An, The
( a book on articles )
- Slowly, Softly
( a book on adverbs )
- Airport or Zoo?
( a book on names of places )
- Slither or Fly
( a book on animal movements )
- I, You, We
( a book on pronouns )
- My Pet, Your Garden
( a book on possessive adjectives )
- Lisa's and Bob's
( a book on possessive nouns )
- Yes or No?
( a book on yes-no replies )
- What is your name?
( a book on question-words and answers )
- I am an Australian
( a book on people )

A First Reading Program ( Early stage - 3 years +)
- A new home for mouse
- The train ride
- The other day I met a bear
- Old MacDonald had a farm
- The tiger and the jackal
- Zed's bread

Usborne Phonics Readers
- Big pig on a dig
- Fat cat on a mat
- Fox on a box
- Frog on a log
- Goose on the loose
- Hen's pen
- Mouse moves house
- Sam Sheep can't sleep
- Shark in the park
- Ted in the bed
- Ted's shed
- Toad makes a road

Let's Read 
Level 1
- Mira and the goose
- The donkey and the cat
- The flying tortoise
- The three fairies
- Two good friends
- Little red riding hood
- The ant and the grasshopper
- The goat and the fox
- The lion and the mouse

Let's Read More
Level 1
- The ugly duckling
- Sun, Moon and wind
- The Billy goats gruff
- The elves and the shoemaker
- The selfish giant
- Town mouse and the field mouse
- Mouse-deer and the tiger
- The rooster and the dragon
- Goldilocks and the three bears
- The gingerbread man


Charlie and Lola:
- Our especially special sandcastle
- But I am nearly ready!
- One for me...One for you...
- The very best thing about the park

Clifford, The Big Red Dog series:
-Clifford goes to hollywood
- Clifford's ABC
- Clifford the Big Red Dog
- Clifford's birthday party
- Clifford the firehouse dog
- Clifford and the big storm
- Clifford's good deed
- Clifford first autumn
- Clifford the small red puppy

The Smurf:-
- Fun and games
- Rise and shine
- Whatever the weather
- Making Music
- Happy Smurfdays

Usborne Very First Reading titles: 
- Pirate Pat
- The dressing-up box
- A bus for Miss Moss
- Dog diary
- Grizzly bear rock
- The queen makes a scene
- Stop that cow!
- Moon zoom
- Run, rabbit, run!
- Late night at the zoo
- Wild school
- The circus under the sea
- The monster diner
- Knight fight
- Mr. Mystery
- The Monster Dinner

Usborne First Reading titles (Level 3): 
- Danny The Dragon
- The Castle That Jack Built
- The Dinosaur Who Lost His Roar
- The Fish That Talked
- The Golden Goose
- The Leopard And The Sky God
- The Magic Porridge Pot
- The Scaredy Cat

 * She has finished all Usborne books from Level 1 to Level 4. However, I'm unable to type all the titles out here as I have cleared her books from the bookshelves for the new coming and sealed up the boxes of the books she has read. For more Usborne book information can visit their online catalog here.

Sesame Street:

- Elmo goes to the doctor
- Elmo's Tappin' Tunes
- Sesame Street I can make words
- Elmo's Play Day
- Opposite Day

Piccadilly Picture Book Library series:
- Conker and Nudge
- Little Croc and Bird
- One clever creature
- Zoe and the mermaids
- It's not fair!
- Kira the Koala
- The summer ball
- Fergus's secret
- Clown, bear and rabbit
- Best friends or not?

Ready-to-read (Level 2)
SpongeBob Squarepants:
- Man Sponge saves the day
- Vote for SpongeBob
- Who Bob what pants?
- Behold, No cavities!
- Trouble at the Krusty Krab!

Thomas and friends series:
- Thomas gets his own branch line
- Thomas and Toby
- Thomas and the castle
- Thomas and the magic railroad


Carrie and Carrot series:
- Carrot loves carrots
- Carrot goes to school
- Carrot gets lost
- 'Hicks!' Carrot has a hiccup!
- 'Click!' Carrot poses for the camera

First questions and answers (Science)
- Why does light bend?
- Why are mammals furry?

I Wonder Why series:
- Caterpillars eat so much

Dora the explorer Phonics Reading Program (Pack 1)
- Explore with Dora
- Isa's little fish
- Dora's Lost List
- Stuck in the mud!
- Friends out west!
- Hope you can come!
- Dora's show time!
- I missed you!
- Dora saves the game
- Dora Takes a hike
- At the beach
- Snowy day

Dora the explorer Phonics Reading Program (Pack 2)
- A great day for soccer
- Dance with Dora
- Super spies
- Zoom to the moon
- Through the woods
- Baby bird rescue
- Stuck Truck
- I love a parade!
- A walk to play park
- The circus comes to town
- The windy day
- Sail away

Touch and feel - Where's Dave?

Dora the explorer 
- Potty time with Big sister Dora
- Good manners for me and you

Little Fruits Series:
(Green apple books)
- The amazing slide
- Where is my egg?
- Neat and tidy
- In a row
- The rolling woolly ball
- The apples are asleep
- Let's go home!
- The bunny slippers
- Mummy's little helpers
 
(Blueberry books)
- Where is my home?
- Spring is here!
- Tubby bear's funny friends
- We are good friends
- Just like daddy
- Buster cat's new clothes
- The perfect home
- A school in the woods
- Thank you, mum!

Some other story books:

- Last Day, Hooray!
- What dads can't do
- Germs are not for sharing
- Barney Alphabet fun!
- Apples A to Z
- My Day from A to Z
- Little Einsteins - Christmas Wish
- Do like a duck does!
- Froggy's Day with dad
- A very Marley Christmas- God's big promises for kids
- Big and Busy Body
- K is for Kissing a cool kangaroo
- Down by the cool of the pool
- Jolly Olly Octopus
- Sesame Street - The three little Grouches
- Sesame Street - Rhyming Rapunzel
- Sesame Street - Read & Sing with Elmo
- Blue's Clues -  A present for Magenta
- Chuck & Friends - Unidentified rolling object
- Rabbit Ears
 
.... etc. I think I have to stop listing the books that she had read. I have to agree what my hubby said, vocabulary that she had learn are more important than the number of books she had read. I just keep buying books and don't have the time to list down anymore.

Let me try to recall what are the new words that she has learn:
1) syringe
2) reflex hammer
3) thermometer
4) atmosphere
5) measurement
6) complain
7) introduction
8) accidentally
9) etc

But the problem is, I can't keep track on her vocabulary too. She is good in phonetic so basically she can pronounce all the new words. For all the words that she picks up from the books are uncountable. My girl will read the signboards, notice, advertisement, menu, newspapers, magazines etc whatever words that can be seen by her when we go out. Basically we can't lie to her as she can read many instructions and know what is going on. For example, she will read out the signboard and tell us that's the toy's shop and she wants to go there.

Lately I have bought her many workbooks (Maths, English, Coloring, Chinese, IQ quiz etc) and guide her from time to time. She can read instructions and do the exercises by herself. I told my hubby "Teach your kid how to read, throw a workbook to her and we can have some peace!" :P

Well, it's true. Sometimes I was too lazy to read all the instructions as she can finish one whole workbook in one session. She will correct me if I have taught her wrongly, such as I told her to circle the correct answer but the instruction says to cross out the wrong answer. *sweat. I promised to be more careful  next time.

Would like to recommend the books below:
1) Reading Success Moral Story Book Series
- There are 2 stories in a book which comes with some after story exercises. The kid will be able to answer all questions if they understand the story. Total of 10 books in a set. Bilingual (English and Mandarin)

2) BrainQuest Workbooks Series

- Full color workbook which comes with stickers. My daughter just can't stop doing the exercises so that she can earn the stickers behind the book.

- Each book covers many topics. For Pre-K (P) has topics like ABCs, 123s, Phonics, Vocabulary, Shapes and Colors, Sorting and Matching, My World, Science, Fun and Games.

3) SE workbooks and Pelangi workbooks
- There are many types of workbooks for toddler and also kindergarten from these 2 local publishers. The prices are cheap and affordable compare to imported workbooks.

p/s: My princess has stopped using diaper in Sept 2013, that's her 45-month-old greatest progress.  I feel so proud of her. ^^

Monday, November 4, 2013

Minions in Despicable Me

I believe if you have watched the famous animation - Despicable Me or Despicable Me 2, you will know the cute little yellow creatures named Minions!


Minion, actually means a follower devoted to serve his/her master/mistress relentlessly. Some sort like slaves?

Anyway, my 3-year-old princess has fallen in love with the Minions from the first day she watched this cartoon. I was surprised to see her reaction on this animation as she hardly go crazy for any other cartoon except Elmo and some muppets from Sesame Street.

The film focus on the Minions which are yellow henchmen who have existed since the beginning of time. Their existence as artificial beings and are made from a single strand of mutated DNA. The minions wear metal goggles accommodating to their number of eyes with black gloves. ( There are one or two eyes minions and each of them play a special characteristics in the film. ) They enjoy playing and take great care of Agnes, Edith and Margo as well as toilet paper.

Minions love bananas, potatoes and apples (or “papples”, as they call them). For them, anything related or to do with butts is extremely funny. They are quite loving and passionate when they are looking after the girls.

I love the way they laugh actually. It's good to see that they can easily get happy and contented, but sometimes they can be quite 'violent' too.  They will just punch or hit each other when they are frustrated.


 My daughter learned to pick up 'Minion language' phrases in the movies like:
“Ba-boy”means ”toy.”
“Bi-do” means ”I’m sorry.”
“Para tú” means roughly “for you.”
“La boda”means “marriage.”
“Hana, Dul, Sae” means “One, Two, Three”.

Can you speak Minion language too? ^^


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

How to transfer files from Samsung Note2 to PC

I was having problems in transferring files from my Samsung Note 2 to my personal computer/notebook. At first, I thought by using the USB connector will do but I was wrong. I had tried Samsung Kies and I found out it's pretty frustrating, especially when it tried to get me updating my Kies software (which took for ages to complete) and while updating in progress, I wouldn't be able to use Kies to do anything. So I decided to save my precious time and look for some other option.

Luckily I have found a great FREE app that solves my problem ~ AirDroid.



AirDroid is very simple and user friendly! Just follow the steps below and you can transfer all your files, messages, music, video, ringtones etc from your smartphone to computer vice versa in just a few steps without using any USB connector, however Internet connection will be needed!

Step 1:
Go to Play Store and search for "AirDroid" app.

Step 2:
Download and install the app.

Step 3:
Click on the app and register accordingly.

Step 4:
Two website links will be showed on your Smartphone screen, choose either one and use your PC/Notebook to visit the link website.

Step 5:
That's it! Download or Upload whatever files you like! ^^

Anyway, if your Internet connection is slow and unstable. you might get frustrated too. You will have to reconnect again and again due to the unstable Internet connection. So good luck! 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Chinese New Year 2013

This year is our first experience in 'celebrating' our Chinese New Year in Kuala Lumpur.  Due to the Chinese tradition culture, we are not allow to celebrate nor giving out ang pow to others as my late father-in-law just passed away for less than a year.

We usually have to travel to Raub, Pahang and spend our Chinese New Year there for several days. Now the house in Raub is vacant and we can stay away from the scary traffic jam along the KL - Pahang highway.

For me, the best new year celebration is to gather with family members, eat and rest well. The best part is, I have the opportunity to shop for what I want this time. Hahaha! Overjoyed!

Other than not going back to Raub, we still giving and receiving ang pows. We have big meals in restaurant daily and also 'lo yu sang' for many times. If the 'yu sang' really can give me best of luck and great fortune, I will definitely be a multi millionaire this year.

My hubby and I are very pleased to see my girl plays happily everyday with her cousins. They can dig out many toys and play non-stop. However they will behave well and play with their own itouch in the restaurant.



Elmo Loves You

Elmo is a Muppet character on the children's television show Sesame Street


He is a furry red monster who hosts the last full fifteen minute segment on Sesame StreetElmo's World, which is aimed at toddlers.


Elmo is self-described as three-and-a-half years old and characteristically avoids pronouns, referring to himself in the third person (e.g. "Elmo has a question" rather than, "I have a question").

Found this online. Cute pouch huh!

First .gif file on my blog. Let's welcome our cute Elmo!

I'm a cute monster. Hug me!

My daughter loves Elmo very much. She keeps requesting for Elmo's DVD series. We have many Elmo DVDs for her, including Elmo's World series. 


Our princess have Elmo board books set, Elmo story books set, Elmo shoes (Crocs, bought by Aunty Winnie), Elmo t-shirts and Elmo plush toys (given by Aunty Betty). She just feels happy when she sees Elmo. Well, have to say that Elmo is such a cute monster with positive attitude all the time. He is polite, friendly, loving and smart. He has no teeth but big smiley mouth. My princess always request her daddy to draw Elmo on her drawing book. She just never have enough of Elmo. 

Whenever she wears this pair of Elmo shoes,
she will walk happily and refused to take off the shoes at the end of the day. -_-
One day, my daughter and I have such conversation as follow:
daughter: Elmo is a boy. (cuddling with her Elmo plush toy)
me: No. Elmo is a monster.
daughter: Mummy is a monster.
me: .......(speechless)
(Then when my hubby came back from work, once my daughter overheard I told him about the above conversation, she came over and pointed at her daddy.)
daughter: Daddy is THE monster!
hubby: Then who are you?
daughter: I am a robot. (mimicking the sound of the robot)
hubby and I: ....................(speechless)

I believe many parents out there are searching for Elmo's product when they know their children love Elmo. Sometimes I don't know whether I'm the one who is addicted to Elmo or really do all these collection for the sake of my princess.

I found Cookie Monster is quite cute too. He always say, "Me want cookies!" and "Om nom nom nom" (said through a mouth full of food). Other than munching his cookie with his voracious appetite (quite greedy and messy too), he doesn't teach much like Elmo whose characters is often used to reach children with important messages, such as fire safety, potty training etc.


Sesame Street has many cute characters, such as Oscar the grouch, Big Bird, Ernie and Bert, Telly Monster, Abby Caddaby etc. I think I have to admit that I love them too! ^^


doTERRA Family Physician Kit

For my family members and friends who know me well enough will know I have problem in swallowing medicine either in liquid or pills form. I rather have injection or suffer till I reach my limit. It's rather silly but I am phobia towards medication though I started swallowing many types of pills since young due to weak and lousy health condition.
During my last year June visit to Singapore, my eldest sister has recommended me this essential oil. I was skeptical and unwilling to try. She just applied on the back of my ears and my runny nose just recovered.  I can't believe and was so impressed with the effective essential oil!
I was suffering with flu for a week plus. My daughter and I just took turn to fall sick. After trying the essential oil, I started to surf online and did more research on this product.  After reading many testimonials and useful research information, I decided to buy the Family Physician Kit which I am glad I did.
There are many great testimonials and youtube video clips about this 100% pure therapeutic essential oil. I decided to make my purchase after I watched the red blood cell experiment done by Dr. Hills. You can view the video here.

It has been a year since I have bought this Family Physician Kit. I feel so thankful to my sister who has introduced this great alternative treatment for me and my family. I have stopped taking paracetamol during fever, cough syrup during cough, painkiller when i have gastric problem, ventolin when my asthma attack etc. Yes. The essential oils have replaced my medicine cabinet and they work well and faster too. This is a super great news for me as I hate taking medicine, always having problem in swallowing those bitter pills which always get stuck on my throat.
So, if you have the same problem like me, or have some doubts in letting your young children taking too much medicine, especially anti-biotics, kindly find out more about this natural health product.
Check this website for more information or place online order:
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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Belle's Bookstore, Miri

My princess's favourite place in Miri is Toy's World and Belle's Bookstore (above Toy's World).
Thoughtful boss has a LEGO area for the children to play. My girl hardly miss this spot whenever we visit the place.  She can stack up the blocks high and spend a long time there.
We have bought her a big set of LEGO at home, thought that she will be thrilled but she will only play it once a while. Maybe companion is important to keep her interest going. 

Silverspoon, Publika

I was surprised that my sister brought me to Silverspoon for lunch at Publika. It has the same name as the one in Miri.

At first I thought they are own by the same boss who operates two Citrus restaurants and one Silverspoon restaurant in Miri but later I found out I was wrong. (Just met and chatted with the boss today. ) There is no trademark for the name so this coincidence can happen.

Citrus was my favourite restaurant 3 years ago but due to the changed of locality and staff/chef, the food and service quality have dropped drastically.

The last visit of mine to Citrus restaurant was very unpleasant.  I have found a strain of hair in my food. It was extremely disgusting as I only saw it after finishing half portion. The waiter didn't apologise after I showed him the hair. He just quickly took my plate into the kitchen.  When he returned, he asked whether I want to have a new lunch set. I had turned down as my appetite was gone. They did waive on that order but I felt that they were not sorry about it. Anyway, I did SMS the boss as I felt that this hygienic matter is serious especially he is operating food and beverage buisiness.  The boss did reply that he is sorry and will be more careful in future.

I have banned this restaurant in my list, at least for the time being.  I can't accept my food has hair or other insects in it. I hope they can improve so that I can visit them again in near future?!

There's one Silverspoon restaurant in Miri too. I have tried and doesn't like their food either.  The toilet was dirty and the food quality was bad. I understand it's never easy to manage the staff if they are not motivated.  So overall, I don't have much interest to try again.

However, since we were already in the restaurant at Publika, we decided to sit down and have a try. Hoping KL and Miri's standard can be different.

We had ordered:
1) caesar salad- too much mayonnaise;
2) beef steak - too dry and hard, overcook though we ordered medium well;
3) duck pizza - turned up to be super salty.

The pricing are not cheap.  We were quite disappointed with the food. This has proven that not all expensive food equals to delicious food.

We will not step in this restaurant again in near future. Gonna give other restaurants a chance. 

Vtech- My Laptop (Pink)

My princess has received this gift from my hubby's friend from Hong Kong at the age of 2. Although she was able to read many words and even answer the questions from this laptop at that time, she doesn't like/appreciate this gift at all.

This cute laptop was kept in the store for about a year and finally I took out last night to test the water. We are delighted that our princess is now ready for it. She enjoyed playing the quizzes and finished many questions from the provided workbook by pressing the keyboard and controlling the mouse.

Seems like we really have to follow the given instructions on the box which stated it's for kids age 3 and above.  Hahaha! 

Some detail of this laptop:
Brand: VTECH
• 30 engaging activities covering English, math, games and music
• 8-directional cursor mouse detaches and changes sides to suit right and left-handed users
• A silly monkey character leads game play as helper and friend
• 3-6 years

Private 1 to 1 Clay Art Lesson

After our KL trip, my princess has been reminding me about the Sesame Street clay art project we plan to do at home. 

Finally I have kept my promise and had a wonderful private clay art lesson with her. 

Before this afternoon lesson with her, I have tried doing clay Elmo and Cookie Monster alone in the morning when she was in her school. Well, it was my first Resin Clay art in my life so I have to make sure I can do it well before I teach my princess.  Very responsible and professional teacher huh?! Lol.




Actually it is quite easy. For Elmo, we need clay as follow:
-red for his round/oval face
-orange for the oval nose
- white for the eyes
- black for the eye pupils and big semi-circle shaped mouth. 
As for Cookie Monster, we need:
- blue for his round/ oval face
- white for the eyes
- black for the eye pupils and big semi-circle shaped mouth.

For the furry look, we can either poke many holes or use scissors to cut. These projects are suitable for beginners. Well, practice make perfect. ^^

Upper one are my 2nd attempt, the lower one are my first masterpieces.

Clay Art Project at Publika

My younger sister and I decided to let my princess to try 1 session of clay art at Publika, near Mount Kiara, KL during our trip in May 2013. 

We are allowed to choose any art work from their samples and do the project at their shop for about 2 hours. The 1 time project (RM75) includes teaching and art materials.  

My princess chose a cute ladybug as her first clay art lesson in her life. We are all excited about it.
Basically the teacher guided my princess to mix color, roll the clay into round shape and stick at places where the teacher has placed some glue. Throughout the lesson, my princess just listened attentively and followed instructions without any complaints.  Her motor skills are not perfect yet but I can see she was trying her best to do the art. I feel very proud of her! *sob

Due to limited time constraints, we left the place once her project was completed.  (About an hour) After the session, I did buy more clay art materials back as I plan to let my princess to have more chances in playing this fun art. 

I can't wait to teach her to do her favorite characters at home. Her Sesame Street friends are Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Grover, Oscar etc. I believe I have to learn to be a patient and creative mother who can teach my princess in many things in a fun way. It is never easy to be a full time mother.  Since I can't change my 'job' at the moment, I better embrace it with all my enthusiastic and love, enjoy every moment and cherish every single day. 

Happy Mother's Day to all mothers and me! ^^