Monthly Archives: November 2015

A complete cycle

At 2 years 9 months’ old, X finally “agreed” to cycle properly. When he was younger and shorter, he was unable to complete a full revolution. 

He had been courageous enough to climb onto the bicycle when he was one year younger. Back then, he was shorter so he could not complete a full revolution on this bicycle. He was game to move through half-revolutions on the bicycle but it was a bad habit.

Finally, he kicked the habit and was able to pedal properly.

Yay for X! Hip, hip, hooray!

  

Xmas moments 

Place: Parkway Parade

Date: 22 Nov 2015

Z had a knack for taking photos with Christmas decoration. It was a “tradition” I set him on since he could remember. For posterity’s sake, I decided to start a tag on “Xmas2015” to capture the picturesque, festive moment as we counted down to Christmas.

Z was a willing model but X behaved as though copyrights were chargeable and was selective with number of photos he would take.

It would be very special Christmas for all of us this year, especially for the boys. 

Meanwhile, here were the pictures.   

    
 
  
   
 

Staying in touch

The teachers initiated a round of namecards’ making so that the children could exchange contacts and stay in touch after graduating from K2.

It was a sweet gesture and by the end of the exercise, Z could remember my mobile number too.

It was also a poignant reminder that they would be parting soon. Z felt rather sad and reminded me to let him call his friends as well as passing the phone to him if his friends called.

😢

So much heart in this little boy.

This was also a very optimistic boy. He saw the silver lining and piqued, “Next year, I will have many outside friends!”

😂😂😂

P1 Checklist

As Z would be heading off to Primary School soon, I took note of these tips when I saw them on a forum and advice from friends. Seeing how overwhelming the tips were and how much information overload could occur, we broke down the steps for Z and ourselves.

In splitting up the activities into 5 distinct steps, I hoped to reduce the stress for Z on the first day of school and at the same time, ensured that the basics were covered.

Activities

Part 1: Pre-administration day – Mid Oct

  1. Purchased School uniforms
    1. Shirt – size 12
    2. Shorts – size 24
    3. PE Tee – pre-order size 13
    4. PE Shorts – size 22
    5. Pre-order name badge
  2. Purchased School shoes
    1. Size 13 & 13.5
    2. Practice shoelace tying

Part 2: Administration Day – end Oct

  1. Dental consent form
  2. Particulars form
  3. Giro for monthly payment
  4. Book list, Bus services form & student care form

Part 3: Orientation Day – Early Nov

  1. Making friends
    1. Self-introduction
    2. Namecards
    3. Tokens
  2. Touring the Canteen & Bookshop
    1. Buy books (or order online)
    2. Check on school’s recess procedure (Buddy up with a P5 for 2 weeks)
    3. Buy School tie
  3. Tour school facilities
    1. Toilets
    2. Assembly area
    3. Classroom

Part 4: Before school starts

  1. Packing schoolbag
    1. Based on handbook
  2. Checking the School Diary
  3. Going through the MOE activity book
  4. Laying out school attire & socks
  5. Labelling of items
  6. Preparing a telephone card with several contacts for his wallet, file and bag
  7. Establishing the pocket money procedure
  8. Organizing a playdate with new classmates* if we have the contacts

Part 5: First day of school

  1. Making Friends
  2. Buying food
    1. Counting Money
    2. Type of wallet
    3. Speed of eating


Logistics:

  1. Uniforms
    1. 2 sets of uniforms
    2. 3 sets of PE attire
    3. 2 pairs of school socks with school emblem
    4. Embroidered name badge x 8 (to be sewn onto shirts & tees)
    5. 1 school tie (to buy from school)
    6. 2 pairs of school shoes
  2. Book list
  3. Essentials
    1. Schoolbag (to buy after book list)
    2. Water bottle with strap
    3. Wallet strap to attach to existing wallet
    4. Watch (remind him never to remove)
    5. New keychain (buy from Japan)
  4. Key stationeries
    1. Big pencil case
    2. Colour pencils
    3. Clear folders
    4. Multi-pocket file
    5. Plastic wrap for books
    6. Small Notebook
  5. Labels
    1. Iron-on dots for uniforms (existing stocks)
    2. Big sticker labels with contact information
    3. Medium sticker labels (existing stocks)
    4. Small sticker labels
    5. Shoe stickers
    6. Blank labels for files
    7. Name rubber stamp
    8. Fabric marker (recommended but I didn’t like how it would look, this would be my last option)

*Name stamp & simple stickers were ordered from Qoo10 seller (Luv Simplicity) at $11 and $2.90 for 50 large stickers respectively.

**Premium labels & Clothing stickers were ordered from MuaKids & utilized balance stocks from Stuck On You respectively. 

Funny, random stuffs said

X:

On asking him if his grandparents had arrived at the restaurant, his reply was, “No old people.”

On asking if anyone wanted more fruits and after both Mr H and Z declined, he said, “I don’t want also.” 

~ Who taught him “also”? 

Z:

On gasping “OH MY GOD!” very loudly at a staycation, he explained, “We forgot to bring the selfie stick.”

On Z going to P1

It was expected as a natural progression.

You always knew it would happen and yet, when it happened, it felt surreal, odd and surprising.

Surreal that a good 6 years had whizzed by.

The baby whom we brought home from TMC had more than doubled his height.

The toddler who was learning to walk could dribble soccer balls.

Odd that he was going to primary school but still felt like a baby in my heart. Odd that he suddenly knew everything. He went into the school barely able to string a sentence together.

Surprising … Because it felt as though the realization only hit me now. The best way to describe was putting on weight gradually and finally looking into the mirror to see a very fat person. It was a lousy analogy but you got the idea.

Cheery Z 
He had gone to this school as a 24 month and 1 week old toddler. Look, how far he had come.


Before long, I should be sobbing over the various graduations, National Service and more.

P1 logistics’ prep weekend

We decided to pick up Z’s school uniform before the orientation. X and I cooked fried rice before Z came home from soccer. With the unpredictable hazy weather, we had not been able to send him for class weekly.

My little helper
After lunch, we went to buy the uniforms. It was $9 for shirt, $10 for a pair of shorts, $7 for PE Tshirt and $7 for a pair of PE shorts. We also had to order his name badge.

X waited patiently and pensively while Z tried his sizes


After the uniform buying trip, we took both boys to Ice Cream Chef at Thomson road.


Featuring Kenyan Roast, Honey Green tea, peach and chocolate Hershey’s

It was such a hot day but the boys insisted on going to the playground outside Ice Cream Chef.

We wrapped up the day with sending Z to his art class and shopping at City Square.

On the hazy Sunday, we played tennis and hanged out at Westgate.

Featuring my bolster coolies

Funny 3D art  

X had a penchant for hats

Z loved his soghurt

So did X…

We popped over to the Royal Sporting House opposite Soghurt and got Z new school shoes.

I believed the shoes would only be this white BEFORE he entered school.

Promotion in store

With more shopping at Isetan, we headed home for an evening nap. I never knew shopping could be so tiring. On hindsight, it was a good thing we did not sign up for Z’s swimming this term. The haze turned horrid that afternoon and hit 180.

We had dinner at a nearby mall and were pleasantly surprised with the $2 Zoo Moove rides. My kids loved this, so did I actually!

   
 We also chanced upon this Retro Party “mini carnival” at the mall.

   
    
   
  
We played Donkey/Old Maid with the kids, alongside with the free Muah Chee given at the event.