Food Allergy – An awful experience…

Blogging this while I’m carrying Jovan..lol..since I can’t sleep or do my chores while carrying him, I thought I should just do some blogging using my mobile phone..πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Past few days have been nasty..Jovan was down with an awful rash and he was very cranky especially at night..he just can’t sleep well..so were the parentsπŸ˜ͺ (The images below may be disturbingπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ..)

Brought him to the PD and the PD said it could be mycoplasma or allergy..If it’s mycoplasma, he will need antibiotics and it would be ideal for him to hospitalised..Thankfully, the blood test turned out to be negative..so these are probably some allergy rash..and oops..sorry, Jovan! It’s the prawns that I ate before breastfeeding you..I have never thought an allergy rash to be so serious..the rashes were everywhere..even at his groin and butt area..

I have never encountered this for Ian and Evan..Ian only had a mild allergy to kiwi fruit, so the rash appeared around his mouth and nowhere else. Seeing Jovan’s rash developing in such a way was definitely worrying.

Anyway the PD prescribed Zyrtec and after giving Jovan a small little tiny drop of Zyrtec, the rash slowly cleared off after a day. Phew!!

So no seafood for me until I’m done with breastfeeding! That will be a pretty long period I guess..Till we meet again, Seafood!

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Jovan’s Baby Shower

I love planning for parties! But maybe not baby showers πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚..as the time frame is really short. I’m supposed to be adapting to the new routine with late night feeds and to recover from my csec during this period..Most importantly, I’m sleep deprived!! haha but well, it’s only fair that we have a baby shower for Jovan too since the older two had one!

We had Jovan’s baby shower yesterday at Waterway Point’s party room. The room is awesome! It comes with a secret pantry with fridge, sink, changing/ nursing corner and hot water supply. Ian and Evan love the party room for the TV and DVD player as they got to watch some cartoons over there. 🀣🀣 The only downside is probably the capacity of the room. It’s maximum capacity was 40 pax at any one time..so we got to schedule our guests in 2 different time slots.

Thanks to our family for their help, we managed to reach and set up the party room before our guests arrive! Lol..it was a mad rush in the morning before the party. We were trying to get the boys to complete their homework and prepare Ian for his spelling before their morning class (very last minute, I agree!), Papa Thiam got to send the boys for class, I need to be a “moo”-my and to bathe Jovan, get ourselves changed and to pack the diaper bag with all the essentials (especially my pump and ice bag!! I can’t afford another 4 days of fever due to blocked ducts!)..Well, everything needs to be done by 1015 am as the party starts at 11 am! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ So we are really grateful to our family for helping us out in every way they could! ❀❀❀

For Ian and Evan, I could somehow find time to do a simple scrap page for their first month..but this time round, I couldn’t find a block of 2 to 3 hrs to make a scrap page for Jovan..oops..so I got to do it the digital way..Lol..and we said hello to my buddy, Etsy again. I bought high resolution three little pigs themed GIFs (cost 2 bucks) to create the e-invite and poster. Three Little Pigs was the theme suggested by Papa Thiam..they each represent Ian, Evan and Jovan. Hahaha. With these GIFs, I got Wonderland favors to customize cookies for the party.

Looks exactly like the ones in my poster, isn’t it? It’s not the first time that I ordered from Wonderland favors..I had customized luggage tags for my students last year as graduation gifts, and I thought their customized items were really nice and of good quality. Thanks to my friend for her recommendation!!!

Since the party room comes with kids’ tables and chairs, I thought I could have some little kids’ activities (crafts like foam sticker art, suncatcher and foil art) to keep the little ones occupied (actually, it’s a pretext to keep my boys occupied!!) Lol..Knowing them, I guess it’s good to have some activities for them! (Hahaha my number 1 survival tip when we are out for functions..I know it’s good to let the kids be bored..but being too bored may not be good for the PARENTS πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚)

My boys in the customized little pigs tee and our nephew in his specially bought peppa pig tee..just to meet the theme of the party!!

Speaking of which, here’s our customized tees and romper for the event..

We ordered these from Teezbee..I just got to send them my design and it was printed at 14 bucks each. But I got to top up 10 bucks for express shipping though as the vendor resides in Malaysia and I’m worried that the tops won’t arrive in time.

And of course, here’s the star of the day. Happy Full Month, Jovan!! ❀❀❀ Many thanks to all who took time to drop by for the baby shower! It means alot to us and we really appreciate your presence yesterday! πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—

Confinement Catering – Tian Wei Signature

Ever since our experience with day time confinement nanny when we have Ian, we figured that we wouldn’t want a confinement nanny anymore. Hence for Evan and Jovan, we ordered confinement catering to make things simple and fuss free.

This time round (for Jovan), we ordered our confinement catering from Tian Wei Signature after chancing upon positive reviews of the company. I’m actually enticed by the fusion meals that were shared in the company’s website and reviews by others..So, Tian Wei was our choice and I’m glad that all was good (or even exceeding expectations!)

Here’s why:

The food looked appetizing and tasted great too! They were delivered with a warmer bag, so food remained warm when they reached my place. Every meal came with 2 cups of longan red date tea, so if you have 2 meals a day, that would make 4 and I find it more than enough for my personal consumption. In terms of variety, Tian Wei offers both traditional and fusion meals. Traditional meals were always packed with generous portions of greens and meat (chicken, pork or fish like threadfin etc), as well as a bowl of soup filled with ample ingredients (and the soup definitely tasted good!). On a side note, you will never have plain white rice everyday. They offer a variety of grains too..from white rice to brown rice to pumpkin rice to barley millet rice to quinoa and the list goes on. Tian Wei allows customization of your meals so you could let them know what to exclude in your meals. For me, I opted out for many ingredients..oopsssssssssss..hence you don’t see food that contains alcohol, innards or ginger in my post. They replaced these dishes with other comparable dishes for my case.

Moving on to my favourite..the fusion meals! =) Haha I got to enjoy miso soup, pan seared salmon with cream sauce, baked chicken with tomato sauce, pasta, raisin rice, tri colour rice with one tasted like mashed potato (and it’s really yummy!), minestrone soup, white fungus dessert or red bean puree/soup and many more! Like what I have mentioned before, these fusion meals were simply a luxury in the midst of confinement.

Prior to the start of my confinement catering, the staff gave me a call when I was in the hospital to check if I have delivered through vaginal birth or caesaerean. Because I had a caesaerean delivery, the staff informed me that they will be providing two additional bowls of soup known as Sheng Hua Tang (η”ŸεŒ–ζ±€) meant to help with wound healing and I can only breastfeed before consumption of the soup or 2 hours after consumption. Midway through the confinement, their staff will also make a courtesy call to check if all was good. They asked about their food and their delivery staff. Needless to say, all was good and food was great. I’m happy that I have made the right choice in choosing Tian Wei for my confinement. It was a happy 28 days of great food! =)

Before my 2nd Csec…

Today is D-day (it’s actually past midnight..sooooo..hello, 25th April!!🀣🀣)..I have been pacing around the house to check that the kids’ stuff are settled for the next few days of school, my hospital bag has everything that I need, baby’s stuff are ready etc etc etc..the list goes on.

I’m feeling really jittery and worried that I couldn’t sleep!!! Afterall we didn’t have a scan again for CPC in Jovan’s brain as my gynae felt that it’s not necessary and it has probably resolved..then I wonder if Jovan will have hypoglycemia since I have Gestational Diabetes..but my gynae said that mine was a mild case and Jovan should be fine..Next, I wonder if Jovan will have wet lungs since he will be out at 38 weeks and I didn’t have steroid jab for my csec this time round..I’m such a worrywart that I worry about every single thing whenever I’m pregnant..and that’s why I’m still up here blogging..because my mind simply couldn’t rest!

Nevertheless, I’m really thankful to have come this far despite all the frequent cramps and contractions. Jovan and I have finally hit the full term mark. Let’s hope that all will be fine later on!!

Anyway, I started taking durians, avocado milkshake (without sugar) and beef just weeks ago, in the hope to boost Jovan’s weight (because Jovan is on the smaller side)..and we will know if the diet works in about 12 hours’ time (when we meet Jovan at the OT)!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ But yes, you heard me right..I have Gestational Diabetes this time round but I’m eating duriansπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚..Well, my gynae gave me the green light to take durians πŸ˜…πŸ˜…and surprisingly, the 2 hour post meal blood sugar level was around 5.6 to 6.4 mmol/L which is well within the acceptable range (the acceptable range is 5.5 to 7 mmol/L) ! That’s also when the hub and I realized that durians actually have a low GI!!! And since then, hubby would cycle over to the durian stall to get some yummy durians for me! πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹ I would also like to thank my husband for helping out at home and with the kids despite long tiring days at work. Thank you!!! 😍😍

And to my lovely boys, Ian and Evan, thank you for being so understanding and caring towards mummy! Ian will often ask if I can consume certain food due to gestational diabetes..he will often ask “Mummy, did the doctor said you can take this?” before he shares his food with me. As for Evan, he has never fuss over the fact that I couldn’t carry him ever since I’m pregnant. He knows that mummy will have tummy pain and bleed if mummy carried him. Hence he did all the walking on his own when he’s out with me..(haha only when daddy is around, then he would say that he can’t walk and he needed to be carried). Thank you, boys! Needless to say, I feel loved from all the hugs that I get from the both of you every now and then! πŸ€—πŸ€—

While I was with the boys during their bedtime earlier on, I was swept by a sudden mix of emotions..In the midst of eagerness and excitement to meet our little one later, my younger boy will no longer be the youngest..he will be promoted to a korkor..while my elder boy will have an additional sibling and additional responsibility perhaps..things at home will be different..time spent with them will be lesser (for the time being till Jovan’s routine is more or less settled)..To my dear boys, mummy’s love for the both of you will not be any lesser. Give mummy some time to fit Jovan’s schedule into both of yours. We will still have bedtime reading and one to one table time..When mummy recovers from csec, mummy will continue to cook both your favourite food for dinner! Be patient with Daddy and Mummy as we welcome our new family member..we may take slightly longer to attend to both your needs..but this will not last for long! I promise!

The idea of Fair vs Equal

It’s the end of a term soon and we got to decide on the enrichment for the Little Angs in their preschool. As usual, we had our usual discussion but this time, there’s more to discuss with the boys as the school is starting a violin class as well.

Personally, I wasn’t keen to sign them up for the violin class. Back in my mind, I was thinking about the piano that we bought specially for Ian when he said he wanted to learn piano..but due to the lack of daily practice and sustained interest, we stopped the piano class (for the time being..Ian said he will want to learn piano when he’s older..shall see how things go!) Hence I do have my reservations when it comes to music class as we got to purchase the musical equipment for home practice! Nevertheless, I signed them up for the free trial that’s held in their preschool during curriculum time, so they attended the class together with their classmates. No harm, I thought!

It’s actually quite interesting to observe how different my boys are in terms of their interest and character. There were 2 trials on that day, one for phonics and reading and the other for violin. The boys went for both. During the violin lesson, Ian was a quiet participant while Evan volunteered himself to go forth and learn how to use a violin. During phonics and reading, Ian was very responsive and participates actively while Evan became a quiet participant, occasionally fidgeting around. It’s pretty obvious that the boys have different passion and interest, as well as a different preference for learning. And it brings me back to this picture that I encountered in one of the workshops which I have attended in the capacity of a teacher..

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This is a picture of things being equal (on the left..where everyone was given a crate to stand on) and things being fair (on the right..where which individual was given what was needed in order to reach the same height). And this picture definitely teaches me about what my parenting should be..

I used to have a mindset that whatever enrichment classes that Ian attends, Evan will have to attend too and vice versa..else it won’t be fair. Little did I realize that I’m just being equal, and not exactly fair. Does Ian likes what Evan likes or does Evan likes what Ian likes? I don’t think so.

Of course, they do have some common interests and likes..there are also some classes which I think is necessary for both..but when it comes to interest-related classes, it’s really about fairness rather than being equal. In this case, to be fair is to provide what the kids want in order to achieve the same sense of fulfillment and achievement (and things must be well within what we can afford!)

Fair vs. Equal Poster

Being fair means that I will do my best to give my boys what they need/want to attain the same level of fulfillment and success..and the sense of fulfillment and success comes when they have an interest and liking for the things that they are doing.

So this morning, when Evan asked if he could go for the violin lesson because he likes it very much, I said “Yes, I will sign you up but we need 8 students to start the class” and the little boy was very pleased.

Ian heard and he asked if I will sign him up for violin too (not because he likes violin, but more of checking if I have signed him up for something that he doesn’t like). My answer to him was “Nope, Mummy didn’t sign you up because you said you prefer science classes to violin right?”. He nodded happily and exclaimed “Yeah!”. LOL

So in the end, the boys will each have two enrichment classes in school but they aren’t the same set of classes. But well, if there’s not enough students to sign up for the violin class, then Evan probably can’t learn violin too..and that will be another kind of issue to resolve..(because the kids have pretty good memory of what you have said and promised!)

The Beauty of A Child’s Innocence

Wasn’t in the best of mood for the past few days as my aunty has been hospitalised and had to go through a surgery for her wrist and hip fractures. I’m really thankful that the surgery went well and my aunty is on her road to recovery. Thank God for the smooth surgery!

The boys were around when the ambulance came. They were curious about the rescue team and how they provided first aid to my aunty before sending her to the hospital. What I didn’t expect next was their reactions to the whole incident..

Evan told my mum and to us (later that night when he picked me up from the hospital) that he felt sad. When asked why, he said because he likes Yi Po (my aunty) and cried a little. Guess that’s what I like about the innocence of a child..they are honest and sincere with their feelings..they don’t hide their feelings and express it the way it is. Simple and straightforward.

Ian was very concerned too..he kept asking about my aunty’s condition, where is she, what happened to her etc..

The kids know what’s going on as much as we do..they can sense the severity of the incident too..and they are definitely keen to know what’s going on among the adults. Because the little ones, small as they might be, they care and they want to be involved too. Guess we can never assume that children are too young to understand certain things!

To explain the condition of my aunty, I got Ian to bring out one of his favourite human body book and we talked about the types of fractures using the book. I figured that’s probably the best way to explain to the boys about my aunt’s condition and talked about the treatments for fractures.

Nevertheless, my aunty is really heartened to know that the boys care so much about her..I guess Little Angs have filled up my aunty’s bucket!

Yes they did!

Guess it’s time for us to revisit this book soon..Meanwhile, mummy is just so glad to see the both of you caring about Yi Po!

Ian is officially 5!

Yesterday was Ian’s birthday..he’s officially 5!! We started the day with us wishing him “Happy Birthday” and him, thanking me for giving birth to him (Lol..of course, I took the chance to share with him a little about his birth story). I guess it’s good to let the kids know that birthday is not just about themselves. That’s my personal takeπŸ˜‰.

We had a little celebration in school and a simple dinner at the boys’ favourite birthday to go venue – Swensens. For the free birthday firehouse!!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Ian was very excited about his party on school..but when we got there..he wasn’t too happy to start the party (Evan too)..partly because they just woke up from nap in school..and partly because the seemingly outgoing boys are actually introverts. They don’t like to be in the limelight..so the birthday boy and the little brother only smiled when the birthday song was over..and when they moved out of the birthday “throne”.

The birthday boy requested for Madagascar theme and books (because Ian loves books!) for his friends as a thank you gift..so here’s to his request! Thanks to BookFest in December..I managed to get the books from Popular online at 20% and free delivery 🀣🀣)

Happy birthday, Ian!

Here’s the happy boy after polishing the whole plate of pasta! He must be really hungry!! Lol

Here’s Evan and I..with his new game – hugging me and saying “I love you, mummy” after every mouth of food πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. Papa Thiam commented that I don’t look quite ok in the picture..haha indeed..my cramps and braxton hicks were pretty intense and frequent yesterday (hopefully it will be better today!)..but it’s been a really long time since we ate out together and it’s Ian’s birthday..of course, we have to make a trip to Swensens right!

And here’s the boys enjoying their dessert! πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹

Here’s an open letter to Ian..

Happy birthday, Ian! You are now half a decade old!! Though there are many times that things didn’t really work out well for us (when you insisted on doing something while I’m rushing for time etc)..but thank you for being the ever caring and supportive boy..always asking me if the gynae said I could take the particular food before you share the food with me, helping with Evan when I’m busy, affirming my cooking (when sometimes the food is not exactly fantasticπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚) and many more. Thank you for having a big heart and forgiving mummy when mummy wasn’t in the best of mood..as well as to Evan who can be quite demanding these days. Thank you for showing him how a big brother is like and loving him despite his occasional tantrums to you. Thank you for remembering to thank us (without any prompting) for the things that we do for you. Mummy is really glad to hear these little “thank you daddy/mummy for ……” lines from you! Always be thankful for the things in life! πŸ™‚

Mummy wants to let you know that nobody is perfect and no one excels in every single thing in life. It’s okay to be lousy at certain things and it’s ok to fail/fall..What’s more important is to pick ourselves up when we are faced with difficulties. Don’t tell yourself that you can’t do it..instead give it a try..we will eventually get better with every bit that we tried. Remember to never never give up! Just like the slide that seems scary to you..it’s ok..we don’t have to go for the challenging ones..start slow..we can go for the short ones as a start..as long as we give it a try. Afraid of going underwater? It’s okay! We will just try to push ourselves a little every lesson..eventually we will get to our goal. There’s no hurry. So never give up easily..just keep trying! πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ Happy 5th birthday, Ian!!! 😚😚

Evan learns ABC

You might be thinking..”Huh..Evan learns ABC??”..Yeah! That’s our little brother..haha he wasn’t quite interested in ABC flashcards..and ABC craft work (we got Ian and him to paste small little colourful circle stickers to outline the alphabets in the worksheets printed from themeasuredmom.com) doesn’t work well for him. Ian and I also tried having a “Magic box” where we put all items related to the alphabet that we were learning into that box, and we picked it up one by one..repeating the phonetic sound and showing him the alphabet. Didn’t work too. 🀣🀣 So what’s next? Back in my mind, I was thinking..perhaps he’s just not interested at the moment so he didn’t make an effort to remember the alphabets..eventually he will! Haha until I was shopping at Robinsons months ago, and chanced upon this..

It’s original price was $39.90..but it was on sale..selling at $19.90. I thought it’s worth a try..and it works!! Evan loves it! Not only did he start to give attention to the alphabets (finally!!!), he started writing too. Evan would ask “Is it nice?” after each letter that he wrote and happily continued after getting affirmation from us. He would just sit down and write from A to Z, repeating the alphabet and phonetic sound at the same time..I was so happy! It’s not just useful for Evan..it’s helpful to Ian too where he discovers on his own about the difference between “b” and “d” as well as “p” and “q”, as it’s a pretty common mistake that he (and myself, when I’m young) makes.

Unfortunately, I do not know what happened to the toy. It wasn’t working anymore on one fine day. Evan was a little upset as he’s pretty attached to the Leapfrog scribble and write toy, so I decided to get a new one. I checked out carousell, but it’s still quite ex for a new one..the used ones aren’t in good condition either..

Eventually, I found Shoppee with it’s 10 bucks welcome voucher!! Haha so I placed an order for another Leapfrog writing toy (Mr Pencil)..It’s original price was $59.90 but after using the shoppee voucher, I got a brand new one at $29.90..hurray!!

Haha to be frank, Evan wasn’t too keen on Mr Pencil initially..because there’s no bright red LED lightings that follows the outline of the alphabets..it was a little harder to trace the outline of the alphabets too..Mr Pencil requires more precision when it comes to the writing of alphabets. Ian was the one who was exploring the toy because there’s options like spelling and free draw too..Interestingly, one could also touch the object that follows after the letter and there will be simple animated movement and sounds from the object related to the alphabet..pretty interactive, I must say! Without saying, Evan got enticed by the funny sounds and actions of the objects after each alphabet was written..so he started using Mr Pencil too.

Mr Pencil is now his best friend every night before bedtime. He will just take it and sit down to do some writing, repeating the phonetic sounds and identifying the alphabets before he sleeps. These days, he will also provide additional examples of objects starting with the alphabets and explore the spelling option too, where he selects Level 1 Challenge and gives a try at phonetic recognition. (There are 3 levels of challenge..the first being phonetic recognition of the alphabet..the last being to spell certain short words)

Both Ian and Evan learns differently for every child is unique. I’m just so glad that I have found something that is able to help Evan with alphabets..else this mummy here is so stressed during PTMs when the teacher kept telling me that Evan has difficulty learning alphabets..and my methods for Ian doesn’t work on Evan πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

An Early Birthday Celebration for Ian :)

As Ian will be turning 5 this Thursday, we decided to have a little party at our place to celebrate his birthday yesterday with our family members. Thankful that Ian got much better and was ready for the party, after a bout of vomitting and diarrhoea on the second day of CNY.

The big brother was so excited about his party that he had difficulty falling asleep the night before. Haha he got up at 1 am to tell me that he felt there’s not enough chairs for our family members when they come over for the party. Ok noted. And 1.30 am to tell me about his plans for the party. Ok noted too. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ So that’s how excited the boy was..because his usual bedtime was 9 plus at night! Not 1 am or 1.30 am!!🀣🀣

So here’s the excited birthday boy with his favourite ducky birthday theme. Haha don’t ask me why Evan looked so grouchy! According to him, he said that he didn’t smile because he’s scare of having soooooo many people (about 9 adults and 5 kids, including us???) in our house. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Feeling amused by this funny boy..because he sees the same family members every weekend! πŸ€”πŸ€”

And here’s the birthday boy with his favourite ducky agar cake from Agar Agar Jelly Cakes Wonderland. Coincidently, there’s 5 little ducklings for our 5 year old..and for the 5 little children in our family. Because Ian is not a fan of cake (not even chocolate cakes!! πŸ€”πŸ€”), so I thought Agar cake might be a good option so that he could have a little of his own birthday cake.

Well, Ian wanted a ducky theme this time round and there’s no beautiful ready made scene setters available for the theme..so Mummy modified Evan’s 1st birthday design and got some images from Etsy to make this ducky banner. One thing that I like is the fact that printing of such a big banner (1.5 m by 1.5 m) is only 25 bucks!!

Here is Evan’s first birthday banner..which Ian has been commenting how nice it is for the past years (because we printed a scrap page size and pasted it on one of the room’s door..so the boys see it everyday). So dear Ian, you finally have one now! A ducky one which Mummy knows you love it! Because you can’t stop thanking me! 😚😚

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To our little big brother, Ian:

Mummy just want to let you know that I set equal budget for Evan’s and your birthday parties! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

In case you forget, you had a first birthday celebration too!! At Yi Po’s House! Check out your Snoopy Theme first birthday and your Charlie brown tee!

That’s you on your first birthday!

For Evan’s party, Mummy lowered the budget for the cake and decoration (now that Mummy is slightly more experienced with party planningπŸ˜…πŸ˜…) to secure an indoor venue. So well, both of you are equal in mummy’s heart! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

And to little brother, Evan:

Here’s your first birthday party at Kidz Amaze Toa Payoh…In case you forget too!

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Oh so Chubby!!!! πŸ€—πŸ€—

Check out the sleepy sailor who fell asleep in the midst of birthday song! 🀣🀣

To my dearest boys,

Mummy loves the both of you equally and I hope the two of you will enjoy every little party that Mummy has planned!!πŸ˜™πŸ˜™

Last but not least, we are thankful and blessed to have our family members with us for the kids’ birthday celebrations. They are indeed blessed to be loved by all of you! Thank you!! 😊😊😊

CNY activity with Little Genie Box

Hurray! Chinese New Year is around the corner and it’s time for me to take out one of the subscription boxes from Little Genie Box (for the theme on “Chinese New Year”).

Here’s how each box looks like!

And here’s what you will see when you open it up…a surprise for the little Angs! Haha

There will usually be a story book based on the theme and an activity guide book for parents, so that we know what to do with the materials provided. A little like a lesson plan for which we can use to teach our kids.

So here’s the little Angs embarking on their first activity – Lou Hei! Haha just that it’s not Lou Hei with real veggies, but ready strips of coloured paper and a pair of chopsticks. But the boys prefer to use their personal chopsticks for Lou Hei..perhaps for a sense of personal ownershipπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚..So there we went, reciting the words on the red banner as we do the Lou Hei..Though the boys kind of struggled with the use of chopsticks, but I would say that they enjoyed the activity very much (probably because it also resonates with what they just did for the Lou Hei during our reunion dinner).

Next, we talked about the eating of dumplings and wearing of new clothes for Chinese New Year. At this point, Ian went ahead to place the pompoms and the magnetic clothes (which he thought it looks great and there’s no need for him to design/colour the clothesπŸ˜†πŸ˜†) on the activity book provided.

After that, we moved on to word recognition of the 12 Chinese Zodiac and we talked about the Zodiac of each family member. Surprisingly, Evan remembers that he’s born in the year of horse..the funniest part came when Ian was asked about Daddy’s Chinese Zodiac..

Did you manage to catch what Ian said when I said Daddy is born in the year of the pig?? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Ian said “No wonder he’s so fat and likes to sleep”πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ hahaha (Ok that’s not quite true because Papa Thiam is very slim and tall..the total opposite of meπŸ˜…πŸ˜…)

By the way, we see Ian working on the matching of chinese words to the pictures..and you might wonder where’s Evan..haha well, he’s still intrigued by the paper Lou Hei..so he had a pretty long session of solo Lou Hei while we moved on to the rest of the activities. 🀣🀣

Was thinking that it was a little late (as the boys were due for their bedtime) and I wanted to continue with the rest of the activities (like writing, lantern making, dumpling making using plasticine etc) on other days..But Ian said it’s fun and he wanted to do more..so we started writing on the laminated sheets of words (he used a whiteboard marker to write on it and cleaned it away with a whiteboard duster). A copy without lamination was provided too..but Ian prefers to write with whiteboard marker.

Finally, we ended off by reading a heartwarming story on a new year reunion where we got to understand more about the traditions for Chinese New Year and the struggles of a Dad in order to make ends meet.

I would think that this whole set of activities have saved lots of my time in terms of the preparation work. And most importantly, the boys enjoy it!

Here’s to our other favourite box on colours!

This painting was done by Ian last year when he was N2. Now that he’s in K1, I guess I can take the materials out again for him to work on the activities planned for this theme!

The painting (which Ian is proud of) is permanently pasted on the boys’ kitchen set to teach them the chinese words for the various colours.

What’s best was the fact that painting was done without mess! Small tubes of paint and cotton buds were provided for us..so it’s literally mess-free✌✌

Here’s the discount if you are interested!

Little Genie Box will offer the trial boxes (for all programs) at a special promotional price of $45 (available through this link: https://www.littlegeniebox.com/store/p14/Trial_Box.html)

These trial boxes are usually only available at their road shows at $49.

In addition, you are also entitled to a 10% discount on all the 6-month programs if you use the disount code <littleangs> when you place your order at https://www.littlegeniebox.com/sign-up.html. πŸ€—πŸ€— Promotion is till the end of April 2018.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I subscribed to a 6 months Little Genie Box last year and thought the kits were really cool! Hence I’m here just to share. All opinions are my own. πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

Have fun and Happy Chinese New Year to all!!πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰ Oh! And Happy Valentine’s Day!!! ❀❀