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Friday, December 31, 2010

A little less wise

Extracted my upper right wisdom tooth on Tuesday.

I have not had a tooth extracted in years -- and all i can say is, i hope i don't have to go through another extraction in the near future ;(

thank God with medical advancements, i don't really feel the pain. but still, the feeling that the dentist is having a tug-of-war with my tooth is not something i particularly liked ;p

Now i have an "empty" feeling in my mouth ;p

Wishing everyone a great 2011 ahead!!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Kaira's Work of Art

while waiting for our dinner, this is what she drew :

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Green Singapore

in spite of singapore becoming very crowded these days, one thing i appreciate is the sight of luscious green, even when one is right in the city centre.
view from Kopitiam, Swissotel Stamford Hotel
@ east coast park

i love green singapore.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

I like reading his articles

even though i may not agree with him sometimes.

http://singaporemind.blogspot.com/

his recent article on cost of pre-school education is something on my mind maybe because i have toddler and i do wonder as a parent, what will be my choice if I am residing in Singapore. not just for pre-school education, but primary schooling options as well. that's always on my mind, cos there's always the possibility that we will be back in sg within the next few years ?? (i really don't know)

Or do i really have a choice? Like my fren says, singaporeans are peddling very hard so as not to be left behind. :(

whilst i'd like to think that i am one who will choose to do things my way ..... will i eventually be swayed by the societal pressures and expectations.

this issue has been on my mind for quite a while .... i don't like the fact that it's bothering me. why should it?? but it does.

why can't things be simpler, like when i was kid???

Friday, December 17, 2010

Home!

Reached home last saturday and i am so glad that we are here instead of NDL as i understand that it's snowing heavily now over there! (altho, i must say that it really takes quite a while to get used to the heat here..... ;p)

We had some time to visit Henderson Waves Bridge today -- our first time there!



Thursday, December 09, 2010

Mood Swings

Rain, Ice, Snow -- all within one morning. Followed by sunshine now. Talk about moodswings!!

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

名校教了我什麼——女校生的反思

Even though this is written by a hong konger, i think, it could easily be a scenario in the singapore context.

周日話題﹕名校教了我什麼——女校生的反思
(明報)2010年12月5日 星期日 05:05

【明報專訊】直資名校被揭發一大堆混帳,那部古老幻燈片機就在我的腦袋開動不斷重播我的中學校園片段,晃眼已是十多年前的泛黃舊事。

我的母校,是港島區一家有逾百年歷史的女校,人稱「老牌名校」、「貴族學校」。我曾經為自己能夠入讀這樣的名校感到無比自豪,因為我們一班女生,既能說流利英語、又懂得吃西餐禮儀、亦能夠淡定自信於人前表現自己,根本唔將隔籬學校著旗袍紮孖辮的四眼妹放在眼內。

直至我做了記者,我才發現,所謂名校生獨有的自信、傲氣,還有世故、現實,跟那隻只懂呱呱叫的井底之蛙,沒太大分別。

八九六四 那年,我在鰂魚涌一間街坊中文小學讀小五。我是班長,自發貼了大堆剪報,發起同學手纏黑布。翌年六四1周年如是,我還記得我們和班主任一起哭。

1991年,我被派到那所名女校升中一,班主任比我更興奮,我卻戰戰兢兢。

我被編入全級最top的A班,噩夢開始——老師上課全講雞腸我聽唔明、英文堂默生字我無個寫得出、原校小學升上來的個個都已埋堆唔受我玩,和我一樣的外來生全班只有五六人,她們不是半唐番就是英文小學出身,來自中文小學的好像只我一個。

同窗:我唔想自己中文咁叻

中文堂,成為我的避難所,也是我唯一找回點點信心的課堂。可惜,我的同學都看不起中文,反而為自己中文成績遜於英文而感「自豪」。我很記得,中二那年我的同窗中文測驗全班最高分,她放學時卻苦瓜乾面口道﹕「我唔想自己中文咁叻,我要英文勁呀。」

不單我的同學,後過渡期年代的修女校長,也不將中文放在眼內。中三起我加入中文辯論隊,校方對我們的重視遠不及英文辯論,我的大師姐隊員都是高材生,閒談時笑道﹕「校長唔理我口地仲好,輸咗都無壓力。」據說,修女校長的臉孔在回歸後180度轉變,小師妹通風報訊,Sister近年經常強調要向北望學好普通話,轉直資後又花大筆錢裝修 搞個什麼孔子學堂,希望girls都要學好中國文化。

名校,就是如此現實。它貫輸的價值觀是七個字——識時務者為俊傑。不單校長,老師、同學,都很懂得做人——做一個成功的主流香港人,當然離不開一個錢字。

名校價值:識時務者為俊傑

我的同學,家住干德道司徒拔道,每天司機駕著勞斯萊斯定時定候接送。中二那年,富家女邀請我到她的大潭複式洋房,我到今天仍記得那個無敵大海景。那晚,我回到數百方呎的舊樓——我的家,感到前所未有的自卑。

同學雖然有錢,但她們不算show off——應該說,她們由開口講英文到言談間展現個人長處,是骨子裏自然流露的自信,外人覺得她們「寸」、「扮口野」,但那其實是她們是獨有的上流社會溝通方式、貴族間的溝通密碼。午飯鐘響,校園是中英夾雜的喧鬧、好動女生在球場打英式netball而非籃球羽毛球、貪靚的討論暑假去歐洲買什麼名牌。沒有人會談六四,也懶理香港回歸將至。

我當年自覺格格不入,這幾天我不停思考,這個年代獲獎學金的窮學生,入到直資學校後,可有當年我的自卑、孤單?

年輕的我用了半年時間,流了很多淚水、開了多晚通宵,就全程投入校園生活,學懂說美國 口音英文、不怕在堂上舉手答問題、在同學面前不再害羞,我學會了如何做個presentable的名校生。我的成績由包尾變成中等,更獲頒全年進步獎。我開始享受校園生活,和我的富家同學一起溫習看戲談天說笑。我享受自己被標籤成「A班精英」,有名人來校探訪,校長只會把他帶到我們A班;朗讀話劇跳舞我們A 班都拿冠軍;老師最疼惜的又是我們A班。

勝王敗寇的遊戲規則

名校的遊戲規則是「精英制」,你入了A班、拎到獎,就是精英中的精英,如盛放牡丹成眾人焦點,其他班別的同學,只是你的綠葉。名校精英制,簡單來說是套用職場遊戲規則——勝者為王敗者為寇,職場的上位伎倆,名校生早在少年十五二十時就學懂——懂得識時務、懂看人眉頭眼額、懂把握機會表現自己長處。但少女含苞待放的天真純情,去了哪兒?年輕人對社會的熱血,為什麼丁點都不見?

中六那年,我被同學選了當Head Girl(雖然我不是會考狀元)。那年我18歲,成年了,看到所謂名校生、我的同學師妹,很多人雖然表面自信家境富裕,但其實心靈空虛,有的放學流連百貨公司不願回家、有的故意不穿整齊校服引人注意。我將我的發現告訴校長老師,希望他們多花時間關心同學,而非一味叫她們參加比賽幫學校拎獎。

結果我被大駡,更被視為最不聽話的Head Girl。

10多年了,如今,我不少中學同學都很有成就,有的是某某大公司主管、有的嫁了有錢人錦上添花。數月前,在婚宴重遇昔日的A班同學,她們說起自己的職業、老公、子女,當年班房裏的自信又再呈現,表現自己似乎是名校生的終身任務。

可是,我已不再是A班那個小薯仔,我不想再追隨A班大隊了。

離開名校投身記者工作後,我看到世界之大,不是只有干德道豪宅、生活也不是只有名牌拎獎、做人的價值也不是只懂得看人眉頭眼額。世界之大、胸襟之廣,是即使我們家住干德道,也知道香港有個地方叫深水埗有很多板間房;即使我們追逐名利,也關心世界大事懂得分辨是非黑白,而非趨炎附勢。

倒模生產典型香港人

教育的終極目標,是訓練每個人的獨立思考、批判思想。但名校在這方面做到幾多?名校最成功的,是它大批倒模生產一個個典型香港人——實際、精叻、識上位、識表現自己。但更深層的價值——真、善、美,名校又教了幾多?

這個每個名校生都應思考的問題。

後記

我不憎恨我的母校,畢竟它教曉我很多實際的。到今天我最好的朋友,都是和我背景類近的中學同學。雖然她們不讀報、不關心時事,但都有一顆溫柔的心。我預科時的中文老師是我最尊敬的人,也是我的死黨。

寫這篇文章,是希望香港人不要盲目貪慕名牌。所謂名校的教育理念,你作為家長是否認同?更重要的,是你希望學校教曉你的子女什麼?

而我最希望,香港出色的窮學生與富學生,都有平等機會入讀優質學校,這卻是我對直資概念的最大質疑。

文 蘆葦

編輯 屈曉彤、劉逸芝

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

way of life

was walking kaira home from school today and saw an "oma" (old lady) probably 60+ cycling. i am always amazed @ how tough the dutch are. young and old, the weather is no barrier. come rain, shine, snow and what nots, u see them cycling. *salute*

what marvels me even more are the young gals who can cycle in this weather (ranging from 0 to -5 degrees) without gloves and hats on.... i have no idea how they manage to do that. i probably look like an "oma" next to them ......all covered up. O wait, some of the omas don't wear gloves too! ;p i must be the "old oma" then. LOLOL.

i must say that i think i have "toughened" up a little as well -- or maybe i have more fats accumulated these days (*_*), i find it still bearable cycling in this weather these days for not-so-long distances (except when the wind is strong. that, i really "buay tahan").

i hope i will do better next winter. :)

Ice Kachang Anyone???

this is kaira's masterpiece and it reminded me of Ice Kachang!! LOLOL.

another 4 days and i will have the chance to eat it!! yippppeeee. hope the weather in singapore will be nice and breezy, dry and not too hot. am i asking too much??? LOL.


Sunday, December 05, 2010

Slushy & Icy

It rained overnight and we woke up to slush and ice :( not nice at all. in fact, i find that more dreadful than snow cos it can be really slippery with the ice around.

it was a good thing that yesterday Papa and Kaira decided to try to build a snowman ;p it was a rather small one and hehehe, doesn't look at all like the snowman we see!! hehehe.... tink we are inexperienced ;P



Thursday, December 02, 2010

Another inch or may be 2??

Overnight and this morning, the snow is relentless. even though it's light and not heavy, it's still quite alot! see, another inch of snow has been added this morning :


dear hubbie used to "criticise"/"laugh" @ me for overstocking my fridge/larder in the past --- i tink with this weather, i feel justified now!! hahaha.

Snowman

Hopefully we will get to make a real one this weekend ;p

in the meantime, she's very happy with these that we made today. she's really an art & craft gal. always pestering me to do art and craft. you can see her glee and joy @ her completed craft.


Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Weather Warning

Weather warning: the strong easterly winds will make it feel bitterly cold on Wednesday (1 Dec 2010), first official day of winter. Although the temperature will be around -5 Celsius, it will feel closer to -15, the KNMI said.

O WOW!! i will have a chance to feel how cold is -15 degrees celsius. ;(

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

More Pictures of WinterWonderLand ;)

our backyard and our neighbour's tree
on the way to kaira's school


WinterWonderLand





kaira's development

is it because she's my child that i find her very intelligent??? LOL.

or maybe it's just the norm in toddlers these days? (^,^)

anywayz, some weeks back, i started her on a phonics DVD by BBC. she doesn't watch it every day. maybe a few times a week. and after a few times, i realise that she can identify which alphabets the word begins with. she doesn't get it right all the time. but still, i am quite blown away by this simple alphabet identification. is the DVD that good??? or are kids such great sponges that a simple "push" can elevate them to great heights.

2 weeks ago, the laptop which i let her use exclusively broke down which means that she wasn't watching the DVD for one whole week until mid last week when i grudgingly let her use my laptop ;p

today, we were having noodles for lunch, she suddenly said to me "N for noodles mama". I am quite sure i have never taught her that. so it must be the effect of the phonics DVD. :) then she started rattling off some other words and what alphabets they begin with.

i hope she continues to enjoy learning and expressing herself!

In terms of Chinese, she can now identify the following chinese words 妈妈, 爸爸, 哥哥, 弟弟, 姐姐, 妹妹, 吃, 喝. and the following words, she sometimes still get them wrong : 火车, 家, 花, 大, 小. i must admit that i am getting abit lazy teaching her these days. must buck up!

so there, that's what she's been up to these days.

Snow Updates

Today's (Monday) snow is about an inch. It's still snowing, although very lightly now. Weather forecast indicates that there's no snow tomorrow. Wonder how accurate that will be??

Monday, November 29, 2010

Kaira Experiencing a Snow Shower

She's delighted @ the sight of snow flakes gently floating down and how everything is covered in whiteness. What fun!!!


Saturday, November 27, 2010

First Snow

i was still lazing a bed. a wide awake and excited kaira was on my bed looking out of the window and went :

"Mama mama, it's white outside!"
"This is snow. THis is snow."
"I like snow! i want to go outside and kick the snow"

i love the innocence of a child.
I love the sight of first snow. Always so white and pure.



there wasn't much of the snow -- most of it melted by late morning. it seems like this coming week temperature will be as low as -7degrees. *brrrrrr* think we will be seeing more snow.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

2011 ATP

still in progress.

getting headache researching all the information about my preferred destinations, accomodation, routing and all. and i keep changing my mind about where i want to go.

for now, it looks like we will make 2 trips, one to Switzerland and another to Poland (probably a short trip).

think we may have to give the cruise a miss in 2011. not enough budget!!!

any thoughts/comments/information u would like to share on my shortlisted destination??

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

kaira @ indoor playground

As part of her birthday "celebration", we brought her to the indoor playground near our place. it's been months since we last visited it ...... she was delighted! guess, with the colder weather now, it's time to visit it more frequently.

the video is a little dark .... hope u can see it.
video

video

Barren Coldness

and this is only the beginning.



I am so glad sunny singapore is awaiting me!! 3 more weeks to go!!

3 year old check-up

went for Kaira's check up today.

Weight : 14.3 kg
Height : 99.5 cm

Monday, November 22, 2010

Angel On Wheels

She's inseparable from her fairy wings .... LOL.

trying out the new running bike that we got her. pity the weather's not that great that she can't do it outdoors .... so now she's practicing @ home.

she's still getting used to it.

Thank You Lord.




To more good years!!!

Enjoying All Her Birthday Presents




Sunday, November 21, 2010

Thank you Gong Gong and Ah Ma

Opening the Birthday Card from Gong Gong and Ah Ma a day before her birthday


On her birthday, opening up the present

Saying thank you to Gong Gong and Ah Ma and receiving their birthday wishes:
very happy to see Buzz LightYear!