Wednesday, May 31, 2017

All For A Clean Room

 I was out with friends and Max brought Ace out for dinner.

He went kino and randomly picked 3 books and his dad say OK buy for him.. end up is $70+ lor..

His dad says the condition is he has to clean his room lor.. and he said he will.. since Holidays are here..

He really got started on cleaning...
But hor, after half a day... still only clean like only 1%.. why? Cos someone while cleaning room found all those long lost toys he had.. he had forgotten them.. so he took them out to play... every toy play a while.. how to clean finish?? LOL

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

American Cuisine At Culinary Institute of America

Visited the Culinary Institute of America again with my Yoga Kakis!

Really tastes good! We will certainly be back again! Hahaha...

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

SST Open House

You would have remembered how Ace was all excited to go to School Of Science And Technology...

Finally, the time has come where we get to visit the school of his desire..

We visited the SST open house and I think Ace really liked what he saw there.

Before we made our way there... we went to OBean for lunch..

 Ace was trying to get this game to work but it was spoilt..

 So played back the boring game tat we have played 10,000 times before:) hahaha

 Ace ordered this curry rice.. so big he cannot finish wor..

 Me and Max shared the kuay chap... But we both feel the standard drop liao..

Finally reached SST... took a tour around the school.. Surprisingly, Ace was interested in the student forum where we got to listen to student leaders share about their experience in SST and Ace really liked what he heard.

We were sort of surprised tat the canteen food is cheaper than in primary school.. BUt well, the leaders did say that the food is not very good.. Hahahahahaa..

Then he said he wanted to do a workshop and so we waited a little to go into the workshop.

 Learnt how to make a hovercraft...

Final Product!

While waiting for him, we spoke to a teacher there.

We sort of liked what we heard except that Max was not too impressed that there is some sort of hidden elitist thinking.. cos somehow, I think due to the fact that the school fees are higher, and also I mean people who wanna come into this school usually have interest and past experience somewhat in robotics and should have gone for those enrichment classes outside... the students here are more so from well to do families.

I told Max it will be like in Intl School where most parents are at least making a decent living and so the teachers may not need to worry so much about students who are not doing well or having good attitude or able to attend lessons regularly due to difficult situations back home.

But well, I think it is still up to lao tian ye whether Ace will get in since it is DSA and by invitation only.

 For me, I liked it that the students here look happy and they are not shy... That is most important to me ;)

My only worry is that the school so dam far... travel 1 hr to  and from sch everyday is tiring lor..  But Ace says he can take it. But I guess maybe I can try to find a car pool or something.. or just ask his dad to be daddy taxi! LOL

Hopefully, this will instill a spark in Ace and encourage him to work harder:)

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Wang Laoshi Treats Ace Mac D

Nowadays be teacher very pai tan lor..

Have to teach.. Have to be student's good friend... Have to reward them..

Ace's Chinese teacher, Mdm Ong gave them a reward system. Every homework handed in on time.. every good thing they do they get a star.. accumulate x number of stars.. end of the term they get a mac donald treat.

I asked Ace "You never hand in homework also get ah?"

He was very annoyed and replied "I already started to hand in my homework after you scold me lor.. that was the past.. now I hand in..."


He said his teacher spent close to a hundred dollars giving the class a treat.. Each of them get a meal.. Thank god for the Veggie Surprise set now Ace can enjoy the same meal like his friends.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Meet The Teachers

Time to meet the teachers again...

And again, his teacher did not tell us what we do not already know about Ace...

Sigh.. but I must say that the feedback this time round is not really very good...
  • Someone has been tardy... and has not been handing in homework for ALL subjects!
  • Someone has not been handing in the required forms till his teacher had to message me
  • Someone has not been paying attention during class
  • Someone has been writing too illegibly for teacher to know what he is writing.. so will lose marks in exam because of that
  • Someone is great in science, can have excellent discussion with his teacher and surely will get ASTAR if exam held orally. Alas, written one, he wrote long answer for a one mark qn.. end up no time to do 12 marks worth of qn and scored only 60+.
  • Teacher suggested teaching exam techniques to the students who need it but need to commit go reaching school at 6.30am for it! All 3 of us committed to him going:) haha. Max says he will send Ace there himself by car.
  • Math teacher says he has skipped so much homework she does not want to demoralize him and let him slowly catch up with homework..

Ace exam results really went downhill too.

I must say, though I already knew these things... it did not feel good I guess to hear it again from the teachers.

I had a talk with him about it and we agreed he has been spending too much time on his phone and so we agreed that we will keep his phone and he will use his iphone 10 till after PSLE...

But he did tell me that life without his smartphone is hard because it is his destress. I asked him what he is stressed about... and he told me he is stressed about a few things...

- he stressed cos P6 worth is more difficult than P5 
- he stressed cos he says no one wants to be his friend except GH
- he also stressed because he feels like there is something not very well going on between me and his dad and he is stressed when me and his dad are not 100% lovebirds

My friend who is an experienced tutor says.. the last two are excuses though perhaps valid  reasons for stress to him.. he just trying to find excuses to cover tat he is lazy..  cos she says based on experience, the real reason he is tardy is because of the first reason...

She told me that for students who say study is hard and has fear, and especially if they like to play games, this is what she will tell them:                     

Studying is just like playing game... There are a lot of adventures and the adventures are the fun part of it.                    

Just imagine you play this game and it is damn easy, what will you feel... boring right? And for games that are a little bit more tedious, the fun is to go through these hurdles one after another and achieve your goals such as EXP, rare weapons, clear a mountain, clear a field.... blah blah blah... And study, especially studying for a major exam is just like that only. You play enough of this exam game, you also get the hang of it la  

I think good analogy. I must say he did better in the practice papers that we did together afterwards.                
I told him for friends, dun need to worry, sec 1 he will change  and make new friends liao:)

For parents, aiyoh, what happens between parents have to leave it to us lah. It is not really his business whether we are lovey dovey or not leh. He just needs to remember that we both love him very much no matter what and we will try our best to settle our own issues if any. Dun use us as excuse hor. All relationships is got up and down one mah... I told him even me and him will quarrel mah... to which he said "But you and me quarrel 10 min we make up liao mah.." LOL

I told him I cannot promise I will never quarrel or be upset forever with his dad. But I can promise him one thing tat me and his dad and him... we are one team for his PSLE to help him achieve what he wants to achieve and go where he wants to go. And the only thing I can promise is that I will do my very best and give my all to work things out with his dad if there are any issues.

That seems to placate him and hoping that when school reopens, he will buck up!

Anyway, finally saw his group work art piece and took a photo..

Took a photo of this oe cos I think the pikachu is very cute:)

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Cayden Performance

Ace's cousin, Cay, is doing drama class in school and every semester they will have a performance.. We have been to watch him twice already...

There was an upcoming performance and then Cay asked if me and Ace can go watch him perform. I said OK but just to tease him, I asked if I can go alone if Ace cannot make it.. He said no.. My nephew is very straightforward, he told me actually he just wants gor gor to go see him perform, I can dun need to go... sad siah... LOL

I actually think it is not so much that he wanted us to go watch him perform.. rather, he is looking forward to playing with his gor gor after the event at the playground like they always do:)

Anyway, since Ace is free, we made time to go lah..

 This time hor, one of Cay's classmate started crying and then ripple effect.. in the end 4 pple cried and could not perform.. thank goodness Cay is still cool and did a great job:)

 Bored Ace waiting for performance to start..

 Proud parents:)

Then something funny happened. The teacher for drama class gave out sweets and Cay took one for Ace. Ace ate it immediately but dropped it while wearing his shoe to leave the place. So this little other boy complained to Cayden,

OB: Tat big boy dropped all over the floor...
Cay: You saying MY gor gor?
OB: (not catching it) Ya, that big gor gor drop the sweet all over the floor.. tsk...
Cay: Are you saying MY gor gor? (in the "are you complaining about MY" brother tone)
OB: Oh sorry, I dunno he is your brother.

LOL. Cute to see Cay defending Ace lor!:)

Then came fav time of the day.. play in playground...

 I am still amazed 12 year old can have so much fun with the 5 year olds:)

Play date ended here.. cos Ace tried to help Cay rock the rocking horse and end up hitting his nuts... so he cried and we all called it a day and went back to popo house for dinner:) LOL

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