Growth Chart for My Little Ones

Monday, February 26, 2018


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To be updated.....

24 Feb 2018 - Angry Bird Olympics

Javier's latest Scratch programming project is called Angry Bird Olympics.  His programming skills has now "upgraded" to the next level.  I am his beta tester and when I suggested that there should be an option for me to adjust the music and sound volume, he immediately said that's easy.  True enough within 2 minutes, I got the sliders to adjust music and sound volume at the bottom right of the screen.
Click here if you are interested to try.  Do read the instructions before you start.  Otherwise you may not know what to do.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

18 Feb 2018 - CNY Lion Dance + Birthday Celebration

It's the time of the year again when our family and relatives gathered at my sister's place for the Chinese New Year Lion Dance.  When the Lion Dance troupe came, one of my nephews immediately went to look for the God of Fortune (财神爷), who came with the troupe in the past few years.  However, he came back telling us:"财神爷 never come today, he's not doing well"!!!!  We all had a good laugh.....hahah......  It makes a lot of difference between not feeling well and not doing well, especially so for 财神爷
As usual, below is the formation of the oranges and vegetables before the lion dance performance.
 And here is what everyone is waiting for after the performance, the 4D number!
One thing special about this year's lion dance gathering is that today is also my mom's birthday.  We had a celebration after dinner.

17 Feb 2018 - Fun at Decathlon

Today, we were having another round of CNY visiting.  After our afternoon visit, we went to the nearby Viva Business Park and came to a huge Decathlon store.  This is the first time we visited this store and within the store, it looks like a mini sports center.  There were areas for people to try out various sports such as skate scooter, skateboard, basketball shootout, table tennis, badminton, mini soccer court and many more.  Jerlene and Javier had enjoyed themselves in the store.
Notice the backpack that both Jerlene and Javier carried on their back?  It only costs $3.90 each.  :-)

16 Feb 2018 - First day of CNY visiting

We first visited my parent's place in the morning.  祝大家新年快乐, 身体健康!
A great idea came into my mind when I saw the photo below which we took 22 years ago.
I suggested that we re-create the photo and result is below.  Cool?  :-)
In the evening, we gathered at a chalet together with my family and relatives.
Following that we went to Tracy's cousin place for another CNY gathering.
Time for our Kacheng's photo once again!

15 Feb 2018 - Chinese New Year Eve Reunion Dinner

It's Chinese New Year Eve today.  After our half day work, we rushed home to prepare for a steamboat reunion dinner with my parents.
We prepared two steamboat soups, one Laksa and one Abalone soup.
As usual, we did the Louhei (捞鱼生) before our steamboat dinner.  Huat ah!
After dinner, I had a mini birthday celebration.  Yes it is my birthday today!  My parents bought me a rainbow cake and Tracy, together with Jerlene and Javier's help, made me a cheesecake.  This is my first time having two cakes for my birthday.  This time really HUAT AH!!!!!  :-)

10 Feb 2018 - Early CNY Reunion Dinner

We had an early Chinese New Year reunion dinner with family this evening.  The food spread was great!
After dinner, it's time for Louhei (捞鱼生) to wish everyone good health, good results, good career etc etc etc.  Jerlene and Javier loves Louhei as one is in love with Abalone and the other is crazy for the little crackers.
We ended the gathering with a family photo-shoot!  Nice!

8 Feb 2018 - Javier joins InfoComm Club

When we picked up the kids from school this evening, Javier ran to me excitedly saying he has  officially joined InfoComm Club as his CCA.  Actually about 2-3 weeks ago, they had a CCA fair in school whereby booths from various CCAs were setup.  Javier was attracted to the InfoComm booth as he saw some of his seniors working on Scratch programming.  Jerlene was with him at that time and told us that he actually logged into his own Scratch account so that others can try his games.  He was so happy that no one managed to beat his "Pong Game".
The club should thank him because his game has attracted even more students to the booth.  Free advertisement for the club!  Haha......

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

31 Jan 2018 - Super Blue Blood Moon

Combining a blue moon, a super moon and a total eclipse, the rare spectacle has been called a "super blue blood moon" by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and last happened 152 years ago in 1866.  Tonight, we were fortunate to be able to witness such rare phenomenon.
"Blue moon" simply means it is the second full moon in a month, which is pretty rare.
"Supermoon" means that the moon, in its elliptical orbit, is near its closest point to Earth.
"Blood moon" happens due to the effect of all the sunrises and sunsets all around the planet reflecting off the moon.
In the evening, my place was still raining and I thought we were going to miss this event.  Luckily the sky cleared up at around 7:30pm, just in time for us to witness the Super Blue Blood Moon.

28 Jan 2018 - Celebrating Great Grandma's Birthday

We had a birthday celebration for my grandma, Jerlene's and Javier's great grandma, today at Ganso Manekineko KTV.  Before we left, we took a family photo together with my grandma.  Nice!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

27 Jan 2018 - Scratch Programming: Baby Shark Animation created by Javier

Javier has been working on his Scratch programming for the past 2-3 months.  Out of curiosity, I decided to check on what he had programmed so far.  When I saw his project page, I was very amazed to see that he had already published a total of 14 projects so far.  I remembered the last time I saw this page, there were only 6 published projects.
I tried to look into his programming codes and realized that they are actually quite complex.  He made use of a lot of messaging within his program for different objects (called sprites in scratch) to interact with one another.  I am actually quite impressed by what he had programmed in his projects considering he's just 8 years old and he learnt all these coding himself by simply looking at how other people did it.  Not only did he program games, he also did several animation.  I particularly love the one called Baby Shark.  For those parents with young kids, I am sure you would have heard of this song.  Let's see the animation in the following video created by Javier.
Do give a like if you enjoy it!  Javier's confidence will definitely grow with your support.  :-)

25 Jan 2018 - Jerlene is 11!

My little princess has grown up so fast and she's already 11 years old now.  Images of her arrival to this world 11 years ago is still so clear in my mind.  After dinner, I bought a birthday cake and we had a mini celebration at home.
This was the exact same cake that she had last year......but she loves it!  :-)
Happy Birthday, Jerlene!  Love you!

20 Jan 2018 - Early Celebration of Jerlene's Birthday

This coming Thursday will be Jerlene's 11th birthday.  We decided to have an early celebration today and let her decide whatever she wants for lunch and dinner.  She chose Japanese food and sushi for lunch.  So we went to Nex and had our lunch at Ichiban Boshi.  It was "superlicious"!
In the evening, Jerlene wanted Swenson ice cream just like last year.  As such, we went to the outlet at Seletar Mall and had our dinner there.  Their topless 5 ice cream was served after our dinner and guessed what, they ordered 5 scoops of cookies and cream, again!!!!

18 Jan 2018 - Kidz Treehouse Student Care

Starting this year, the student care within Rosyth school compound will be operated by Kidz Treehouse, which replaces the previous operator Knowledge Park.  They provided all parents with a collaboration website where we can sign in to interact with them.  One cool feature is that everyday, they will take photos of the students as they check-in and check-out of the student care centre.  After which these photos will be uploaded to the website for the parents to view.  Below are the photos so far for Jerlene and Javier.