Monday, February 25, 2019

Towards 2nd month of 2019 (Both C&C in primary school)

Initially my plan was to bring Cyrus (together with Cherie) to school every morning for the 1st week only and let both C&C go to school by themselves from second week onwards (that's what my grand parents did when I attended primary school myself. They brought me to school the first week and I started to go to school myself from second week - if my memory never fail me).

However, Cyrus is not as "mature" as Cherie so ended up I extended to 1 month. On the last day of January 2019, I finally let both of them go to school by themselves. 

During the period when I bring them to school, every morning after preparing their breakfast and food for snack break I will need to wash up and change in order to bring them to school. So ended up they need to wait for me after they had their breakfast and was ready to go to school. By letting them to go to school by themselves, they no need to wait for me hence they have ample time to stroll to school instead of me dragging them. (^0^)

As they grow up and enter different phrase in life, different problem surfaced. Cherie recently comment that she needs tuition on her Chinese as she doesn't really understand what she studied. I have called and checked on Chinese tuition center which is located at the mall near our home. The cost shocks me! The tuition cost approximately $45 per 1 1/2 hours (not inclusive of registration fee). I really contemplate to work as tuition teacher when I retire *lol*. But on the other hand, I've always been good in Chinese and I never get anything less than A since primary school for my Chinese... So I should be able to teach my children by myself don't I? Provided they listen to me... Haiz~

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Double trouble begins from Primary School

Think I was too naive to think that life will be easier with both C&C attending primary school.

The advantage of both kids attending primary school will be I don't need to run to 2 school to send/fetch them anymore. The down side is waking Cyrus up at 6:45am to 7am.... It is tough~ but manageable.

Both C&C were under my care and attend same childcare but they have totally different characteristics. Cyrus who is good in academic wise seems to be no clue in normal daily life. Cherie who is good at daily life is not as strong in academic as her brother.

The son had lost his wallet, lost his lunch box, forgot his water bottle since 2nd week of school. Luckily, he has no issue on his homework and spelling. The daughter had never lost anything and can handle her own stuff well but she came back one day and told me that she felt stressed about her Chinese homework and spelling. Now I am really considering whether to send her to tuition but I will try to see whether I can assist her first.

Well~ Shall I say having kids "spice up our life"?

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Cyrus's first official school day in Primary School and problem following

Actually both C&C have different characters though they are brother and sister. Cyrus missed out to pack his wallet on first official school day (he has some $2 notes in cabinet and he was supposed to refill his wallet everyday which Cherie has been doing last year).

I already knew about it when we were on the way to school. I have already told him to pack his wallet and bag the day before but he was busy playing hence he forgot to pack. In order to teach him a lesson, I didn't give him extra money but I did inform Cherie to take care of him since P1 and P2 share the same recess time and they already planned to meet during recess (they planned and informed me about their plan).

I knew that Cherie always bring $2 and only spend $1.30 for food during recess and she normally don't buy drinks if she have her water bottle. Cyrus didn't refill his wallet but he had told me on Friday (3rd day of orientation) that he has left with a lot of coins which I guessed he had also spend $1.30 for recess and should have $0.70 remaining in his wallet. In this case, if Cherie lend him $0.70 (remaining after she bought her own food), Cyrus should have sufficient money to get himself a bowl of noodle or rice.

Well~ seems like my son doesn't inherit my logical thinking... He totally forgot that he was holding his wallet when I fetched him on Friday from student care and I stuff the wallet at the side pocket of the bag (I already informed him... but as usual... I think he didn't bring his ears out with him...).

When I fetched both C&C after I knock off, I asked about whether they did settle their recess and Cherie told me she spend $1.30 (her own money) to buy a bowl of noodle and as Cyrus doesn't have a single cent (which he actually have in the side pocket of his bag), they shared the bowl of noodle. Cyrus ate more portion while Cherie only get to eat small portion.

Regarding this, I really feel like vomiting blood... the reason being I know that the canteen sell different portion! $1.30 is small portion. They have medium portion at $1.50 and large portion at $2 to cater to different eater (some children are small eater, some children are big eater). They could have buy $2 portion and share... *rolling my eyes real hard*

Cyrus is lucky to have a doting sister but I think this is the reason why he seems so carefree and doesn't feel anything about his responsibility.

After only four days, on the Friday of the same week, Cyrus came back home telling me he had lost his wallet and snack box. I asked him when did he have his snack? He told me he had it in class. I asked him whether he had eaten during recess? He said yes, he had used the money in the wallet to buy food. So the question is, snack break was before recess and he used his wallet during recess so how come both disappear at the same time? Don't tell me he has a black hole inside his bag?

Anyway, losing the wallet and snack box is small issue. I already know that children are forgetful especially when they got things to play so I normally don't get expensive stuff for them. Most of the time I even use free gifts so when they lost it we will not be heart pain. The main point is I felt that Cyrus doesn't take responsibility on his own belonging.

Hence, I talked to both C&C and told Cherie not to help her brother the next time if he forget to bring money or lost his wallet. He really needs to feel some pain (he is a big eater and get hungry easily) to learnt his lesson. He rely too much on us and this is not what I want my kids to be. I rather they be more independent as we will not always be there for them.

Because I love you, I want you to be a stronger and independent person since I won't always be there for you.

A surprise by Cyrus for me after I come out from shower. I love you too son, that's why my most precious gift to you is teaching you to be independent.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Cyrus attending primary school + Student Care (After school care)

It's 2019! Time really flies! It seems like yesterday when we took our four month old son to infant care and now he is attending P1 (primary 1).

All thanks to his elder sister, he has priority in admission to primary school and student care which Cherie is attending hence I have less stress this year though Cyrus is born in the year of dragon (normally dragon year have higher birth rate hence competition is stiff).

Same as when Cherie attending primary school on first day, the mommy is the most anxious. Both C&C were very calm and relax. *lol*

This time round, parents were only allowed to visit the primary school to give their children who are attending P1 some morale support on the first day of school. I just showed my face and waved like crazy during 7:30am (reporting time); 10am (recess) and 12:30pm (end of school but Cyrus was assigned to attend student care so I just waved at him when he was having lunch and left for home.

Thanks to his elder sister doing PR (public relation) for him, Cyrus was sort of popular between the P2 students. So he was sort of enjoying the attention for the first few days.

First three days of school were orientation to allow the children get to know their classmates and their new teacher in charge (this year school day starts from Wednesday so official school days start on Monday of second week.

I shall continue blogging about his first official school day in my next blog.

He was so excited to attend primary school due to his ❤️ of math. He told me he is finally going to learnt more math *lol*

Parents were not allowed to go in to their class. We just stand outside for awhile.

Recess time! You don't how hard I waved to get his attention... Just trying to show morale support :p

This is after school and during lunch time after he reported to student care

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Staycation @ Furama Riverfront Singapore III

Our package includes complimentary buffet dinner at The Square@Furama or Kintamani Indonesian Restaurant including free-flow of soft drinks (the soft drinks were actually self-made fizzy drinks).

We selected The Square@Furama due to the play area available inside the restaurant. Well~ it is the only way we can slowly enjoy our dinner while C&C have fun!

From the website, it indicated the restaurant had been voted as one of Singapore's top restaurant but I noticed the last award indicated was in 2008 (you know what I'm trying to say here right? :p). The food was quite normal but I personally think the desserts were quite good. Most important thing is children can have fun after their dinner and parents can take their own sweet time to enjoy their dinner.

The fizzy bar is an interesting concept. You can make your own "soft-drinks" at the fizzy bar.

We came back again next morning for the complimentary breakfast. I was amazed by the pancake machine.

After breakfast, C&C went straight to the pool before we end our 22 hours vacation. 

Even before we can take food from the buffet line, C&C has rushed into the play area. 


Love the dessert!

Singapore Style Coffe/Tea

If you follow our facebook page Working MaMa vs C&C you will know how Cyrus love his watermelons....

I always love desserts with coffee without sugar

Le hubby said this is fine dinning style (just a reminder that we were having buffet)

Energetic C&C... continue to dance&dance...

Pancake machine!

Kopi! (Singapore style: Coffe with condense milk)

Walk around after breakfast as it was raining. This view is available from Waterfall Lounge

C&C relaxing~ we pay... they relax...

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Staycation @ Furama Riverfront Singapore II

Continue from my previous blog. The package we purchased inclusive of 30 minutes play at Waka Waka located at Annex building of Furama Riverfront. I've brought socks for hubby and me as I was planning to go to the gym (which we didn't manage to go...) but didn't bring socks for the kids. Socks are available for sale at S$3.90 per pair and the design is actually quite nice. After purchase of the socks, its time to play. Cherie and Cyrus were super happy running around inside.

There is a "Junior" play area for children under height 90cm (I think it's for babies? I remember C&C was already over 90cm by age 2).

It's actually good for children to wear their energy off while parents can have some drinks at the cafe called "The Lion's Den". You can purchase additional play time when booking the hotel room which sells at discounted price. For me, since there is play area and swimming pool hence there's no reason to spend another S$30 (S$15 per child) for 2 hours play. C&C wanted to play more but they always leave when they are being told to.

Luckily the swimming pool did not disappoint C&C. There were inflatable slides; floats and balls available for children to play from 9am to 6pm. There was also a small sand play area suitable for young children and herb garden for a little learning experience. Swimming pool has an area which is 50cm depth which is suitable for young children to play in (with parent supervision of course).

C&C has been learning swimming for almost one year but I think Cyrus is still not up to standard yet hence asked hubby to take care of both of them. Glad that they all have fun!

Too many pictures to show so I will continue on the restaurant on next blog :p

The tired daddy! *lol*

Unicorn cupcakes from the hotel

These are bathrobes... not kung fu master robe you know?

24hours vending! Food~ drinks~ toys~ medication~ and condom~ they really cover all the basis.. *evil grin*

The floats and balls are all provided by the hotel