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“An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.”  Therefore, I try my best to get the kids out and about during these school holidays instead of being home all day in front of the TV or computer.  We made an impromptu visit to the rather newly-opened Tech Dome in Komtar about two weeks or so back.  I remember the location of Tech Dome as previously being the venue of computer exhibitions like the PC Fair years ago, back then the dome was called the Geodesic Dome.

Ethan and Hannah had already visited the Tech Dome last month during their school field trips, but they were rather disappointed that they didn’t get to participate in the activities like the wall-climbing and the G-force spin.  These activities required parental approval and additional purchase of tickets, so perhaps that was why the school trip did not include that.

Here they are, doing the Speed Climb, where they had to scale up a vertical wall and hit the buzzer right at the top.

Here, the kids find out what astronauts go through with the G-Force simulator:

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Kids had so much fun:

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Emma enjoyed herself at a small play area pretending to be Bob the Builder:

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Afterward, we visited The Top, which had some fun and colorful rides for kids.

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Hannah has been taking piano lessons since she was 5 years old.  Her interest has increased by leaps and bounds since then.  Now, we are overjoyed to hear melodious tunes when she practises at home and it is indeed rewarding (and good on the ear).

I don’t intend to rush her through the grades, with taking examinations and all, even though her teacher says she is in Grade 1 now.  When the time comes for her to take examinations and she is ready, then we shall cross that bridge.

Just recently, her teacher asked if Hannah wanted to participate in a music competition.  There were several categories for the participants, segregated by age group, and Hannah was in the age 7-8 category.  Hannah was very eager to, so we decided to let her try it out.

Looking at her perform that day, I think I must have been more nervous than she was.  I practically held my breath while taking the video, and she aced it!

She was overjoyed when she received a trophy and certificate of participation for her efforts.  There were 50+ participants in her category and she was selected as one of the Bronze trophy recipients.  All the participants received a trophy, but that didn’t stop Hannah from being so proud of herself.

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We are also very proud of you, Hannah! ♥

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There was dancing and singing by the kids representing music from the 60’s till 2000’s.

An entertaining night for all, I’m sure the performers enjoyed themselves as much, if not more, than the audience.

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Here’s an excerpt from the performances featuring Hannah and her friends:

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In September (yeah, I know this is an extremely delayed post…so sorry about that, but hopefully the pictures will be more than enough to make up for that! The kids and hubby have been very good at pushing and encouraging me to finish this post!), we took a highly-overdued family vacation and headed down south to the kids-absolutely-love-the-place-but-it-is-so-freaking-HOT LEGOLAND in Nusajaya, Johor.  We had been to Legoland in Carlsbad, CA seven years ago, but back then it was just with Ethan and I was heavily pregnant with Hannah.  I doubt Ethan remembers much of Legoland Carlsbad apart from what I have recorded in this blog, so the visit to Johor’s Legoland could be considered a fresh experience for the kids.

We decided to stay in the Legoland Hotel whilst we were there, which would make it so much more convenient for us, especially with kids along.  No complaints there and the room we had was spectacular.  More on that later.

On the day we were to start our vacation, everyone woke up super early.  Our flight from Penang to Johor was at 7:15a.m. so I had arranged for a cab to pick us up at 5:30a.m. that morning.  It was pouring!  But everyone was in a happy mood and we got on the plane, which departed and arrived on schedule.

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We arrived in Legoland Hotel at about 10:00a.m. and because it was still early, our room was not ready yet.  We decided to put our luggage with the concierge and go right in to Legoland.

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Yes, we were all raring to go. Hahaha.  And here are the pictures to prove it.

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Okay, to be honest, Emma’s first ever concert that I am about to show you pictures from, was held over a month ago.  I have been procrastinating for most part, but also because I have been hunting high and low for a video editor that can either mask or add a block label, to no avail.

So I have decided to post this with pictures only.

This was held on a Saturday evening in Emma’s school, and both Ethan and Hannah had to excuse themselves early from catechism classes to attend this event.

I was pleasantly surprised with how natural Emma was on stage, given that I have been told she is rather shy and quiet in school (not at home).

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Can you spot Emma?

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Don’t you think she looks super adorable in dungarees?

The first performance was a Chinese number where she had to hold a small pink duster as a prop.

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The second performance was an English song, where Emma dressed up in a mouse headgear.

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Finale: Thumbs up for a splendid performance!

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My two older kids had their school vacation recently, and since Emma would be in school in the morning, I decided to take Ethan and Hannah for a short outing.  With the weather so hot, we decided to go indoors and a trip to the Amazing World Studios was planned.

After circling the block for half an hour, we found a parking spot right behind the Amazing World Studios museum.  It appeared that we were the only ones in the entire place, but we had a ton of fun!

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It was very entertaining and sometimes hilarious to pose and take pictures with so many 3D exhibits.  This is an interactive museum, unlike those regular museums where you only got to “see” stuff.

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It wasn’t really a guided tour per se, despite the fact that the ticketing personnel told me it was.  We were pretty much left to our own devices, but it wasn’t hard to move around the museum.  We started from the topmost floor and proceeded all the way down.  There were indicators and guides on the floor to tell us where to stand to get a good picture, plus there were examples too, so we were not lost at all.  I think the kids were exhilarated to have the whole museum to themselves, and for me, it makes the place feel safer too.

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Somewhere near the end of the tour, there was a Virtual Whirl Ride activity, where we were virtually brought on a rollercoaster ride of some sort.  Ethan and Hannah enjoyed this ride twice!

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Making funny faces:

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Final few pictures before we called it a day:

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There are a few other interesting museums in Penang, and I’m looking forward to visiting them all, hopefully soon.

Our little Emma took part in her first ever Sports Day a few weeks ago.  It was such a meaningful event for me because I know she had come a long, long way from the time when she had to be all wrapped up in her onesies to prevent her from scratching herself due to her eczema; and now she has improved so much that she can be dressed in regular clothes and even participate in sports day events!

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Emma was part of the group of the school’s youngest children: the Playgroup classes; and of course, it was super adorable to watch them go through their events.  Some looked a little blur and some had stage fright, but Emma performed wonderfully….she told me exactly what she had to do and that she had to end her turn with a “high-five” on her friend.

Emma and her classmates had to emulate what the Letterland character Firefighter Fred would do: climb up a “wall”, scramble up a “ladder”, and then “put out a fire” with a water hose.

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We really enjoyed the event and don’t you think the kids look exceptionally cute in the firefighter headgear? :)

After the event, she received her first-ever medal!  Whee!!!

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This time, for Sports Day, I also had backup photographers helping me out :)

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This is how I like to hone the creativity in my kids.  Not by telling them what to do and how to do it, but letting them explore and find out for themselves.

In art especially, it is important not to be TOLD what to do but to explore and more often than not, surprise yourself with your creations.

Here are Hannah and Ethan’s cartoon fight scenes!  Can you tell which is whose? :)

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They watched a simple tutorial on the telly and decided that they wanted to do it themselves, and there ya go… I absolutely love it.

Has it already been 10 years since I became a mother?  I really just can’t believe it, but it’s true!

Ethan turned 10 on January 31st and it’s such a heartwarming feeling to see how much he has grown…especially since Facebook “reminds” us of our memories from years ago on such and such a date.

This year, we had initially planned to have a simple football themed party at home but earlier in January, he attended a laser tag birthday party and got hooked.  So we decided to have a small gathering at Laser Warzone in Gurney Plaza instead (otherwise he would be playing pretend laser tag all around the house and I can’t have that!)

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I incorporated the original football theme into this laser tag venue celebration.  Obviously Ethan’s favorite soccer team played a huge role in the theme, food and party pack decor.

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The kids just could not wait to get down to laser tag business.

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They had 4 laser tag games in total and we played 2 solo games and 2 team games.  Of course the cake cutting and food was done right before the last game, so that the kids could “refuel”.

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Laser Tag parties = good workout for the kids with good clean fun (read: they sleep better at night); Also, minimal preparation for the party and the following day Ethan said his friends commented that it was the best birthday party ever!  Guess it was a resounding success! :)

After the party, we did some Chinese New Year shopping and ended up having dinner at Chili’s.  They still gave a free dessert for the birthday boy, so Ethan got his song and dessert too! :)

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 HAPPY BIRTHDAY ETHAN!!!

At the pinnacle of Hannah’s preschool journey, we have the school concert.  Unlike any regular preschool concert, her school prides itself in producing spectacular performances which is one-of-a-kind, in a edu-theater style and is a whole play in itself.  From the writing of the script, to choreography and to the beautiful costumes, I am always left in awe when I watch her preschool concerts.

This year was even more special than last year’s, because it was her final year in preschool, and Hannah had been eagerly waiting for the concert day.

Now, unlike the past years where the concert was produced in either tri-lingual or bi-lingual, this year the kids put up 2 separate stories which were loved by all: The Pied Piper of Hamelin (in Chinese) & Treasure Island (in English).  I found the story line more enjoyable when the concert is done in a single language for separate stories, like this year.

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From the beginning of the school year, Hannah had been eagerly awaiting the concert.  From the inception of the play to the casting of the parts, to the selection of costumes, and rehearsing, she had been excitedly updating me in bits and pieces…so as not to reveal the entire story altogether.

For a bunch of 6-year-olds, performing this school play was no mean feat, given that there were many costume changes involved and everything had to be done in super-quick time.

Here are a few random shots from her concert performance.  Hannah played several parts in the concert:

  • One of the mice in the Pied Piper of Hamelin
  • One of the citizens in the village of Hamelin
  • Tattoo Charlie in Treasure Island
  • Queen Benjamina Gunn in Treasure Island (The original story casted this as Benjamin Gunn, the marooned crewman on a remote island, but in Hannah’s concert, the script was rewritten to replace Ben Gunn with Queen Benjamina Gunn)

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We have every reason possible to be beaming with pride for our little girl.  She performed every single role with such passion and commitment, and she was full of confidence on stage.  I could hardly believe she was just a wee little baby not too long ago.

She told me later that she enjoyed performing so much, she wished there would be another concert soon!

Well done, my little snowflake!

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Note: We respect your privacy, so if you see a picture of your child in this post and would prefer for me to blot out his/her face, please email me at joyce.cheah (at) gmail.com and I will do the needful.  Thank you.

 

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