Growth Chart for My Little Ones

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.

4 Nov 2017 - What kind of insect is that? Mealybugs?

While doing our usual weekend gardening, we discovered one of our Cherry Tomato pots was infested by many little white bugs.
They're quite hairy and crawled all over the pots, soil and on the plants.
I did a search on google and these little white creatures seem to be called Mealybugs. Mealybugs are insects in the family Pseudococcidae, unarmored scale insects found in moist, warm climates. They are considered pests as they feed on plant juices of greenhouse plants, house plants and subtropical trees and also act as a vector for several plant diseases.  We tried dropping Eucalyptus oil on them and seems effective.
Fortunately, my Jasmine plant was not infested and it was blooming with nice little white flowers, which smells good when we get close to them.

3 Nov 2017 - Javier's first Scratch Programming Project

Javier had been playing a game called Scratch Junior in his tablet for quite a while. Recently we introduced him to a Scratch programming website developed by MIT. Since then, he became very interested in creating his own games. He learnt the coding himself mainly by going through the tutorials and looking at how other people code. I am really surprised at how fast he picks up the skills.  There are currently many private schools conducting such classes or programming boot camp for kids but they are generally quite expensive.  Since his daddy and mommy were once programmers *grin*, I believe he can do equally well at home with our supervision.  :-)
Javier published his first ever Scratch project this afternoon.  Click here to play!  Btw, his nickname is JJJwong.
He even wrote instructions for his game and a bit of credit notes.  Please give him your support!  ;-)
If you are interested, below are some of the coding that he had done for the game.  He now understands the use of IF-THEN-ELSE statement, FOREVER LOOP, CONDITIONS, OPERATORS and many more.  Programming is one thing, I am more impressed with his creativity in designing his game.
He currently has 7 unshared projects in the pipeline. There is even one that is meant for two players.  So stay tuned.
I am his beta tester and had a first try at his Pong Game.  I did not manage to beat the game.  Try to see if you can.  :-)

Saturday, October 28, 2017

28 Oct 2017 - Impact of fertilizer

All these while, we did not use any fertilizer for our plants.  Recently we decided to give it a try and what a difference it makes for our plants.  Flowers start to bloom with super bright colours and leaves start to turn much greener.  On the other hand, weeds also start to grow faster, which means we have to do more weeding.  We do not mind more weeding as long as our plants grow healthier.

23 Oct 2017 - Persistent Cough

Javier has been coughing on and off for the past few weeks.  As such, we brought him to the clinic today and below are the medicine prescribed by the doctor.  When the doctor heard his cough, he said it sounded asthmatic.  He prescribed a course of antibiotic and if it still does not help after a week, he suggested to try with the neubilizer.  Hope Javier will get well soon.

22 Oct 2017 - Taekwando Grading (Blue Belt Red Tip)

Once again, Javier went for his Taekwando grading at Toa Payoh Sports Hall this afternoon.  As usual, they did their warm up and practice before entering the hall for the grading.
If Javier passes this grading, he will be promoted to Red Belt.  Let's see how he did during the grading and we shall know the results in a few weeks time.

21 Oct 2017 - More minecraft videos from my boy

Javier created two more minecraft videos and had published onto his own Youtube channel.  Just wanted to give him my support and help him promote his videos.  In fact, his classmates had requested him to create more of such videos.  Glad that he already has some fans......  :-)

15 Oct 2017 - Celebrating Mommy's Birthday at The Boiler Restaurant

We were at The Boiler Restaurant this evening to celebrate mommy's birthday.
First we ordered a rainbow cake as we were a bit hungry while waiting for our main course.
If there is a diner whose birth month falls within the current month, the restaurant will give out 1 Free Boston Lobster with purchase of a Boiler’s Bombdiggity Bag.  Jerlene loves it so much but not for  Javier.
And below is the Bombdiggity Bag, which consists of Dungeness Crab, prawns, mussels, clams, sausages, corns and buns.
Let's take some photos before starting our feast.
It was a wonderful meal and we finished everything that we could find in the bags.
Finally we ordered a Lava cake and sang the birthday song.
Javier gave us a surprise as he secretly created a slideshow using his Nintendo DS while we were enjoying our seafood earlier.  :-)

10 Oct 2017 - "Rosyth Got Talent" Certificate

Recently Jerlene and her friends participated in a school event called "Rosyth Got Talent".  She received a certificate of participation from her teacher today.
I am very curious about what they had performed.  So I asked her to show me one of the stunts that she did during the event.  I was really impressed with what she could do, considering she did not go through any proper training.  In fact, she said that they had trained and practiced all by themselves.  :-)

9 Oct 2017 - Watching Getai (歌台)

After our dinner at a popular porridge stall in Hougang, we walked by a huge stage with lots of audiences sitting right in front of it.  Ironically, we did not come across a single "Getai" throughout the entire hungry ghost month which had just passed.  We stayed there and watched for a while before leaving.  It was the first time Jerlene and Javier experienced such an atmosphere.  Nowadays, Getai comes with such a high tech stage.

7 Oct 2017 - Did a Hurricane visit my place?

In the afternoon, it was raining so heavily that it had caused our MRT tunnel to flood for the very first time.  I was following the crisis of our MRT system the whole time until at night when I went up to our roof terrace.......  OMG, I had a crisis of my own!  Did a hurricane visit my place earlier?!!??
It was such a mess.  The huge metal rack fell over my outdoor furniture.  The chairs and hanging racks were all over the place.  Several of my plant pots toppled over.  We spent the next few hours clearing up the mess.  :-(

Saturday, September 30, 2017

29 Sep 2017 - That's a lot of medicine!

At about 5:30pm today, Jerlene called me from student care saying she's very unwell.  She was having a fever, flu, sore throat and stomach upset.  I quickly packed up my stuff in office and rushed to pick her up.  As her usual clinic was closed at that time, we brought her to another clinic nearby.  When I saw the medicine prescribed by the doctor for Jerlene, I was shocked!  There were more than 10 different kinds of medicine.  OMG!  That's a LOT of medicine!

24 Sep 2017 - Nice Dessert at Hatter Street

After our dinner at 888 Mookata at Hougang, we decided to have some dessert at Hatter Street which is just a short walk away.  We ordered a unicorn waffle for sharing while Javier, who does not like waffle, ordered a scoop of cookies and cream.  We all enjoyed the dessert.  :-)

Sunday, September 17, 2017

17 Sep 2017 - Iceland Trip Summary 2017 (in "Gangnam Style")

Our Iceland Trip happened about 3 months ago and as usual, my trip videos are always delayed.  So now sit back, relax and enjoy the following video.  Turn on the volume and dance along if you want........... :-)

13 Sep 2017 - Nice Center Parting

All this while I have been complaining about Javier not combing his hair.  Today after he bathed, he ran into our room and asked:"I combed my hair today, is it nice?".  We were speechless for a moment but I must say it was a very good effort!  To give him further encouragement, I replied:"Wow....that's a nice center parting!".  :-)

10 Sep 2017 - Taekwando Continuous Kicks (无影脚)

Javier did a continuous kicks during his Taekwando class tonight.  It seemed tough for him.  :-)
Let's take a look at his "无影脚".

2 Sep 2017 - Classical Dance Studio Ballet Parent's Day 2017

Today is the annual Parent's Day for Classical Dance Studio where we were invited to the ballet class to watch Jerlene practise her ballet.  It is amazing to see how our child grows up and develops over the years.  I can still remember the adorable Jerlene when she started learning ballet more than 4 years ago.
Jerlene is currently doing her Grade 3 Ballet and let's take a look at how she performs in the following video.

2 Sep 2017 - Fun with Dogs!

Jerlene and Javier requested to visit Sun Petgamart along Seletar West Farmway to play with dogs.  They have been here for quite a few times and already made some "dog friends".
We were told that there are two big dogs at the pet mart and we went to take a look.  When we saw the dogs, we were like "OMG, they are GIGANTIC"!
There are other pets in the mart but some are not for sale, such as this cat.
Before we left the place, Jerlene and Javier helped to bath the dogs.  :-)

Thursday, August 31, 2017

31 Aug 2017 - Teacher's Day Lunch

Today is Teacher's Day.  As both school and student care centre were closed, I stayed home with them.  During lunch, we went to Seletar Mall and had their favourite Vietnamese meal for lunch.

26 Aug 2017 - Parent Child Teacher Conference (PCTC) 2017

We attended PCTC with Javier and his teachers this morning.  During the conference, Javier read to us about his Rosyth experience in both English and Chinese.  He seemed quite nervous during the session which was quite unexpected.  We had all this while thought that he will be very active during lessons but teacher said he is in fact pretty quiet.  However during group activities, he does participate actively within the group.  Overall, comments from the teachers about him were generally positive.

20 Aug 2017 - Javier's Abstract Art

Javier had a school assignment to draw an abstract art.  When asked what he understands about abstract art, he said it's to draw "something" using shapes that doesn't look like it but you know exactly what it is.  He refused to show me the one that he drew for his assignment.  Instead he drew another one (below) and showed me.  If you can figure out what he drew, it means you understand abstract
When I first looked at it, I told him it looks like Hobbiton, which he did not know how it looks like till I showed him the below picture.  :-)

19 Aug 2017 - Jerlene's 1st public Chinese Orchestra Performance

Today Jerlene had a Chinese Orchestra performance at Jalan Kayu 52nd National Day Dinner.
This was Jerlene's first public performance with her school's Chinese Orchestra.  Her school's principal actually came down to support them too.
They took several group photos just before the performance.
They played a total of three songs namely <<西北雨>>, <<我的未来不是梦>> and <<Di Tanjong Katong & Rasa Sayang>>.
I've compiled a video of the performance below.