Growth Chart for My Little Ones

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

10 Dec 2017 - Pokemon Gen 3 has arrived!

Pokemon Go Gen 3 has just been launched 2 days back.  Will we see the similar crowd gathering around void deck, playground or shopping mall again?  Regardless, it's time to plan for more family outdoor activities in the coming weekends.

9 Dec 2017 - Lunch at Arnold’s Fried Chicken

We had our lunch at Arnold’s Fried Chicken for the very first time today even though we have been passing by it every week for the past few years.  Though Jerlene and Javier prefer roasted chicken over fried chicken, they still enjoyed the meal.  :-)

5 Dec 2017 - Cherry Tomato plants start to bear fruits

While showering tender loving care to our plants tonight, we realized our cherry tomato plants start to bear fruits for the first time!!!  Can't wait to see them turn into bright red colour.  :-)

3 Dec 2017 - The only Supermoon phenomenon in 2017

Taken from Wikipedia, a supermoon is a full moon or a new moon that approximately coincides with the closest distance that the Moon reaches to Earth in its elliptic orbit, resulting in a larger-than-usual apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth.  Did you manage to witness it today?  If you missed it, not to worry, the next one will be on 2 Jan 2018.

3 Dec 2017 - Adhoc Badminton session with neighbour

This evening while we were on the way to get our car in the car park, we saw our neighbour playing badminton in the open area.  They invited Jerlene and Javier to join them.  As we were not in a rush, I agreed to let them have a short session.  Now that we know our neighbour is into playing badminton, there will be more of such sessions in future.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

30 Nov 2017 - This time confirmed is drug allergy

About two weeks ago, Javier had a suspected case of drug allergy.  Today, I was very sure that it was indeed drug allergy as both Javier's legs had developed rashes.  Once again, I am going to stop all the "suspicious" medicine and hopefully the rashes will subside soon.  Sigh.....seems like Javier is allergic to quite a number of drugs, just like his daddy and mommy....  :-(

27 Nov 2017 - Certificate of Academic Achievement

There was an envelope addressed to Javier in our letter box today.  It was a Certificate of Academic Achievement for his good performance in school, both academically and conduct.  Well done, Javier!  Keep up the good work.

26 Nov 2017 - Christmas round the corner

Javier invited his ex-neighbour friend to our place for the afternoon.  As Christmas is just one month away, I took out our Xmas Tree for them to decorate.  They enjoyed hanging ornament on the tree and in half an hour's time, they were done with the decoration.  I finished it with a little bit of touch up and put up the lighting.
After that, they continued with their playtime till dinner.

25 Nov 2017 - Change of Student Care next year

The student care at Rosyth School has been operated by Knowledge Park Educare in the past 2 years.  Starting next year, the operation will be taken over by Kidz Treehouse.  This morning, there was a briefing session by the new operator followed by the registration. 
The existing students at the centre was very sad with the change as they are very comfortable with the teachers who were with them for the past 2 years.  Let's hope it is a change for the better.

21 Nov 2017 - mBot, a programmable robot!

In order to make Scratch programming more fun and interesting, we bought a robot called mBot for Javier which he can use Scratch programming to control it.
As the assembly of the robot was not so straight forward for an eight years old kid, I helped Javier with the task.
The robot set came with several sensors which can be programmed easily using a similar interface which Javier is familiar with.
After mBot was assembled, I demonstrated to them the two default modes, a line-following mode and an obstacle avoidance mode.  The demonstration had created excitement to both Jerlene and Javier.  Once Javier took over mBot, within several minutes, he completed coding his first program.  I can't wait to see what he will program for mBot moving forward.  :-)

18 Nov 2017 - Was it drug allergy?

Javier has been coughing on and off for almost a month.  This morning, he developed high fever so I quickly brought him to the clinic.  After understanding his condition, the doctor prescribed a stronger fever medicine and a course of anti-biotic.  I fed him the medicine once we reached home.  After about an hour, we observed the area around his lips was "darkened" and slightly swollen.  I immediately suspected it could be due to drug allergy.  By the time, the clinic that we went earlier had closed.  I then brought him to another nearby clinic for consultation.
When the doctor saw Javier, he did not think it's drug allergy.  He was pretty sure that it was a bruise caused by sucking of water bottle.  The reason was because there was a clear round marking around Javier's lips.  When asked, Javier insisted that he did not suck on any bottle.  As such, it's not conclusive whether it's a case of drug allergy.  To play safe, I decided to stop all the medicine that was prescribed this morning and see if the swell will subside.  Fortunately his fever has also gone down after the strong fever medicine.  Hope that he can get well soon!

17 Nov 2017 - Javier's P2 results

Today is the last day of school and Javier got back his report book.  In general, he did pretty well with all subjects in band 1.  Once again, the subject which he needs to put in more effort is Mother Tongue (Chinese).
He also received a certificate of appreciation for being a Group Leader.

15 Nov 2017 - New workstation bought during "Bachelor Day" (光棍节) Sale

Since Javier is now into Scratch programming, we bought a new PC desktop for him during the "Bachelor Day" Sale.  The PC was delivered this afternoon.  Now he can program comfortably in his own room without having to borrow my machine.
 It's an Acer All-In-One desktop with a 24" screen.
So far, Javier has published six projects to the community which you can try them out.  There are now two players games as well as a game with story mode.  :-)

Saturday, November 11, 2017

11 Nov 2017 - Javier got his Red Belt!

Javier passed his Taekwando grading exam that took place 3 weeks ago.  He received his Red Belt from his coach today.  Time really flies and it has been two years since he started Taekwando.  He is now one step closer to his personal target of junior black belt.  Keep it up, Javier!

7 Nov 2017 - Jerlene did OK

Jerlene got back her report book today.  Overall I think she did not do too badly.  As expected, she needs to work harder for her English and Chinese.  Considering she had no tuition so far, I am pretty satisfied with her results.