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Ethan

All about Ethan

Ethan turned 11 in January, but I’m only blogging about it now. ¬†Better late than never ūüėõ

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He was not fussed about his birthday cake and this year, and he decided to have an informal gathering with some of his friends at Break The Code in Gurney Plaza (now no longer operational though).  The group was separated into 2 teams who then attempted to solve a series of puzzles and clues in themed rooms.

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Everybody had fun and and it was certainly enjoyable for everyone present!

 

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I’m still behind on my blog posts (*hangs head in shame*), notably the ones on the kids’ birthdays, so I have three in the back burner, but I thought I would post one on our recent getaway first.

We decided to surprise the kids with a very impromptu vacation to Sunway Lagoon.  Since the kids enjoy theme parks, this would be perfect, plus we had all not been there before.  Initially we had wanted to book a room at the hotel right next to the theme park but there were no more rooms available, so we decided on a nearby AirBnb condo.  It was definitely a more reasonable option, and it was only a 10-15-minute walk to Sunway Lagoon and Sunway Pyramid.

Bring it on.

I’ll let the photos do the talking, since it is best done that way anyway.

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It was a well-deserved break for us all, a surefire way of destressing and we had a glorious wonderful time, just us. ¬†Kids are looking forward to our next holiday…..where shall we go? Hmmmmm…..

“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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Ethan participated in an inter-school football tournament for Under 11s in early November this year.  The tournament saw several schools in Penang and one from KL compete in a half-day affair, which began with a rather wet and rainy morning.

This did not dampen the spirits of all the kids though, and they all had a lot of fun.  It was a good experience and great exposure playing in a team environment, and we are looking forward to more tournaments such as these.

Can you spot Ethan in these photos?

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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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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.

Sunday May 8 2016 was an important and special day for us as a family, and even more so for Ethan.  It was the day he participated in the Sacrament of Holy Communion for the very first time.

Words cannot express my pride for my little boy and the entire celebration touched my heart and soul so very deeply.

The special day also coincided with Mother’s Day this year, so it was a happy celebration all around. ¬†Ethan was also selected to give a short speech on behalf of all the first holy communicants, at the end of the celebration. ¬†Unfortunately I couldn’t get a clear video of his speech because Emma kept wanting to snatch my phone!

Here are some photos commemorating the event…

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At ten years old, my little big man had his first stayover church camp last weekend. ¬†Yes, I was freaked out at the idea at first and yes, “worried and concerned” was an understatement when I first learnt it was going to be a stayover camp.

Ethan was super excited about it though; “It’s compulsory, Mommy…”

Well, actually he was a bit disappointed when I told him it was not going to be a “sleep in the tent” kind of camp, but rather in dormitories. ¬†But it was going to be an exciting adventure for sure!

Yes, it was part of the journey Ethan was embarking on this year, as he heads towards celebrating his first holy communion in May.  Big milestone!

But yeah, I was worried.

Anyway, the day of the camp came. And Daddy complained that I had packed too many things for a one night stay.

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We dropped him off at church and a big bus took all the first holy communicants to the church in Balik Pulau for the camp proper.

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We decided to attend the evening mass at the church so that we could catch a glimpse of our boy and also to check out the living condition at camp.

No air-conditioning in the rooms and the boys all slept on single mattresses in a room with only the fan on. ¬†He looked….HAPPY. ¬†And that was all I needed to know.

Fast forward to the following day and we had a short meeting with the camp facilitators at church before the bus brought the kids back to church.

Ethan said he was chatting with his friends till 4 a.m. the night before!  When asked if he would go for camp again, he answered yes without hesitation.

My boy is growing up.  Most definitely.

I’m eternally grateful that Jesus is guiding the way.

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It’s the Year of the Monkey – reason enough to monkey around? ¬†Well, definitely reason enough to eat loads of yummy yummy food (not just bananas) and have lots of great fun!

Traditional Reunion Dinner and 1st Day Chinese Lunar New Year in Ah Mah and Ah Kong’s house in Ipoh:

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A simple dinner gathering back home in Penang:

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Wishing everyone a happy, blessed and prosperous year ahead full of health and love in abundance!

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