Korea March 2015 Part 1

It was the first time I was on a trip with the kids without their daddy.. We actually didn’t plan to go anywhere this March holiday as the man had P5 camp from Thursday to Saturday.. I thought of saving some money for our June and December trip.. 

My siblings, however, wanted to go to Korea! Audry had never been to Korea so after some discussion, they decided to make a trip to Jeju and Seoul.. “Since you’ll be alone with the kids, you might as well join us,” my siblings said.. Made sense to me.. Hee.. So yes, I decided to bring the kids along on this trip since I would have to think of ways to entertain them when the man was not around anyway.. 

We took a night flight on Korean Air.. With Emily and Elyssa.. My bro, Roger, as well as Audry and family left a night earlier since they wanted to spend more time in Jeju.. Emily and I have gone to Korea 2-3 times already and have visited the places of interest in Jeju so we were ok not to spend so much time there.. 

I like night flights.. We don’t have to waste precious daytime.. Hee.. The kids got themselves entertained with the in-flight entertainment system initially and I also tried to catch The Theory of Everything even though my eyes were tired.. 

   

 The leg room was good.. I thought it was more spacious than some SQ flights I’ve taken.. The kids were also given a Pororo Doodle Book to entertain themselves.. The kids happily switched off the entertainment system to colour the book with wet brushes.. It’s actually a fuss free coloring book which can be ‘coloured’ without mess.. Such a clever idea!  

 Food was served once we were up in the sky.. We regretted having dinner earlier as we all couldn’t finish our dinner.. Actually, the kids barely touched their dinner, or should I say supper?

Soon, they drifted off to dreamland while I stopped watching the show too to catch some sleep.. 

 We reached Incheon International Airport at about 6 plus in the morning and took a train to Gimpo Airport to catch another plane to Jeju to meet up with the rest..  

 

While waiting for our plane at Gimpo, we had some breakfast..  

  

   

The flight to Jeju was about an hour, pretty fast.. I made Jovan do a set of his Kumon homework during the short flight.. 😁

After we met up with the rest at the hotel they stayed in the previous night, we went out for lunch.. They were looking for abalone porridge.. 

We shopped around, no, Emily shopped around.. She actually bought at least 6 caps, I think.. At least 2 each for herself, her hubby as well as her girl.. There was a 50% discount so I guess it was a good deal for her.. After that, we stopped by an eatery to satisfy their cravings.. I was just glad they had bibimbap! 😋  

     

After lunch, we went back to the hotel to get our luggage.. We were moving to another apartment which could fit all of us.. We searched for a few on Airbnb and since all of us were very lazy to do our research, we ended up choosing a ‘ghost house’ without knowing.. Haha.. The worst thing was, our apartment was on the 3rd floor and there was no lift! 😓😓

It was quite far away from civilization actually and I think the name was rather apt.. Haha.. I’ll let the pictures tell you more..   

          

Haha.. Felix, my BIL, even joked that it’s like a place where you could check in but would never be able to check out! 😱

Ok.. That’s all for today.. Stay tuned for part 2! 😁

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New buy!

My dear son showed me his new toy after school yesterday.. It’s a Minecraft toy and apparently he had wanted to buy it the previous day.. 



He showed it off to me without worrying that I might scold him for spending unnecessarily again.. Sigh..

Today, when we picked him up from Berries, the teacher gave us the feedback that he’s a bit more active than the rest and that he did not seem to be able to remember the Chinese characters taught in class.. He apparently didn’t do the homework last week and we didn’t even realize it.. Guess we were busy with work too.. 

He’s going to have an oral test in the next lesson and we are expected to help him prepare for it.. 



Daddy is not too happy to hear the feedback and has confiscated his Minecraft figurine.. He also told my son that he would not get any pocket money for Term 2 Week 1.. Hmm.. I wonder how effective this will be.. 

Scolding Monster?

While having breakfast today, my boy kept asking for cookies.. Hubby commented that he’s a Cookie Monster.. Then my boy named me the Scolding Monster, to our amusement.. But I was also a little surprised when hubby agreed with that! Have I been scolding him too much?

I guess I’ve been scolding him a little more often now that he’s in P1.. He’s very lazy to do his work and always complains that he has a lot of work to do every day when I try to get him to complete his work.. And most of the time, I ended up scolding him for being lazy..

Can’t really blame him, I think, as this year is so different from the past 6 years.. He only had to worry about preparing for his spelling and 听写 and completing his Math and English Kumon worksheets last year.. This year, I’ve dropped his Math Kumon in anticipation that he would need some time for his school work.. I think I’ve made the right choice as his 听写 now includes Hanyu Pinyin and he doesn’t seem to be able to differentiate between the 4 tones well.. Hence, I really need to spend more time to prepare him.. Spelling is much easier for him to learn.. But every time I get him to practise writing the words and phrases to be tested, he’ll whine and complain and I will have to threaten him with a cane or encourage him with incentives like snacks! 

We also spent quite some time preparing him for his CL show and tell but he refused to practise daily.. So after I got the feedback from the CL teacher who mentioned that he lacked practice and was not able to memorise what he had to say, I talked to him again.. I wouldn’t say I scolded him as I really was just trying to give him some advice to put in more effort in his work.. But I guess to him, I’m just a nag.. Sigh..

Just yesterday, I scolded him for talking too much in his student care after the teacher mentioned that he has been a distraction to his peers cos he talked too much.. I also scolded Jocelle for interrupting while I was scolding Jovan.. Maybe I’ve maxed my scolding quota for the day??

But what else can I do to motivate him to put in more effort in his work and to teach my children to be more respectful? Maybe I need to learn to be more patient and speak to them using a softer tone rather than to raise my voice at them……

It’s not easy but I’ll try to change my approach.. Hopefully I can…. 

Ps: my boy aptly called my girl the Crying Monster and his papa the Sleeping Monster.. Heehee

Jocelle’s 5th Birthday Celebration part 2

Took childcare leave today so I could prepare the cupcakes for the celebration at the ccc.. I’m glad I took leave today as I had to bring her to the doctor to follow up on her injured toe.. The bandage dropped off last night and hubby tried to bandage it again.. It looked better but there was still some discharge so we wrapped it just in case..



I wanted to bring her to see the doctor early then send her to the ccc so I could have sufficient time to bake the cupcakes and prepare the frosting but when we reached the clinic at about 8.45am, there were already 8 patients in the queue and the lady at the reception told me Dr Tan would only be there at 9.40am and asked me to return at about 10am.. I gave her Jocelle’s particulars before we headed home..

Since there was time, I started baking the cupcakes.. Managed to bake 20 cupcakes and we only left home at about 10.10am.. The moment we stepped into the clinic, it was Jocelle’s turn! Good timing ya? Hee..

Dr Tan checked her toe and even pressed on it.. No pain, it seems.. He said there’s no need to wrap up her toe and she could shower.. Hurray!!

It doesn’t look too bad ya? I sent her to the ccc before I went back home to prepare the cream cheese frosting.. After which, I topped each cupcake with the Frozen cupcake toppers, of course! Hee..

These cupcakes toppers make any cupcake look good, right? They were sponsored by my good friend who prints edible and customizable cupcake toppers.. Lucky me! Hee.. 

After I was done with the cupcakes, I did some work while waiting for the man to pick up my son and collect the 1kg cake we ordered from Bengawan Solo.. I reminded him to be early as the kids at the ccc would be waiting for the cakes for tea.. And of course, he had to be late! We rushed to the ccc and I went in with the cakes and the Elsa dress.. I even brought along the costume Jovan wore for his concert as requested by him.. When we went in, Jocelle was seated alone and commanding all her peers to sit down! My little chilli padi is really bossy!

Anyway, while I was busy changing the kids, I was hoping the man would quickly park the car and help to get the cakes ready but as you should have guessed by now, he was not here yet! 😡

I quickly took out the cake and cupcakes from the boxes and arranged them on the table..

Emil u brought Elyssa there and took a photo as evidence.. Look at all the hungry and curious kids crowding around! They were all choosing the cupcakes they wanted even before they have sung the birthday song! The cupcake toppers really were impressive! Hee..

And guess what the man was doing?? He was busy chit chatting with my BIL! 😤 I wonder why he couldn’t see that I needed some help!

Anyway, I gave him the task of taking photos even though he is not a good photographer.. Hey, he had to do something, right? I took photos with my iPhone 6 while he used my Canon camera.. Anyway, my girl was very happy to be Queen Elsa and she took the opportunity to boss her subjects around! Haha.. I’ll let the photos do the talking now..



























After the celebration at the ccc, we headed back home to rest for a while.. The kids took a shower and changed their clothes reluctantly..

We ate out that night with Emily and family.. We went to Swensons and ended our dinner with a birthday Firehouse for the birthday girl!

Happy 5th birthday, my darling! May you be blessed with great health and eternal happiness! Mummy hope that you will grow up to be a confident and compassionate lady who is loved and treasured by all! Please try to be less bossy! 😁

Princess’ Fabulous Five Birthday!

We were all ready for the party at Kallang McDonald’s on Sunday.. Jocelle was of course very excited and couldn’t wait to change into her Elsa dress..
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All the guests arrived punctually as we could only use the party area for 1.5 hour.. Some of the kids started entertaining themselves at the small playground…

When most of the kids were here, they were told to sit down at the table to wait for the games to start.. The party staff told them there were 3 games.. I didn’t catch the first game.. hee.. DSC03120

IMG_1615The second one was for the kids to break into 2 teams. The last person in the team would take a ball and pass it down to the front and the first person would throw a coloured ball into the assigned basket before they went back to their seat. The team which had the most number of balls in their basket would win..

Girls vs boys

Girls vs boys

After that, they played Simon Says…

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After the games, the kids were served their meals…

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After their meals, some quickly made their way to the playground again to continue playing… haha..

Before long, it was time to sing the birthday song.. We ordered the 2kg cake from Bengawan Solo.. It was as usual a challenge to take photos of the children.. They are never looking at the camera at the same time… haha..

IMG_1662IMG_1658Not all the kids were captured here though.. Amy’s 3 kids and Jasmine’s 2 girls didn’t want to join in.. There were a total of 21 kids, including the birthday girl..

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The pretty princesses

Cake cutting pose

Cake cutting pose

Family photo...

Family photo…

After the cake was cut and distributed, it was time for the birthday girl to give out the goodie bags.. Each child received 2 goodie bags, one from McDonald’s and one that we have prepared..

Giving out the goodie bags

Giving out the goodie bags

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It was a really warm day and even though the party room was air-conditioned, we couldn’t feel it.. The adults mostly went to the restaurant to have their meals and chit chatted while I tried to take photos and chat with everyone.. We stayed on even after we were told to clear the area.. hee.. There’s too much catching up to do and the kids were having too much fun in the playground..

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Elsa and Anna!

Then, an accident happened and Jocelle’s big right toe was hit by the corner of the glass door of the playground.. It was bleeding profusely and she cried in pain.. We tried to apply pressure on her toe to stop the bleeding and got her to sit down and raise her right foot.. Tried to calm her down too.. She didn’t make a big fuss, just whined a little when the blood oozed out again… Daddy took some ice and applied cold pressure to her toe.. I didn’t think it was necessary to rush her to the doctor as I thought there was nothing to be done.. So I carried on chatting with my friends.. hee..

Hubby was worried though and my sister advised that we should bring her to a doctor.. We left at about 6 plus to go to a 24h clinic near our place.. The receptionist told me that the doctor on duty was not the resident doctor and would not remove the nail for her.. I didn’t think it was necessary to remove her toenail.. Anyway, the lady was very nice.. She helped to clean the wound and bandaged it up without charging me and even gave me some gauze to use in case there was a need to change the dressing.. She advised me to see the doctor the next day.. IMG_1678After that, we went to Emily’s place for dinner.. Hubby actually made an appointment to let Jocelle see the doctor at the clinic near our place but because the doctor would only be back at 8.40pm, we had time to have dinner before we headed back to the clinic..

The doctor cleaned the wound again and dressed it again.. He advised us to bring Jocelle back on Tuesday for him to check the wound again..

We had to keep the wound dry so that night, we wrapped up her toe and she sat on a stool while I showered her..

What an eventful day it was!

PS: Thank you all for attending the party and showering Jocelle with thoughtful gifts and red packets.. She is indeed one blessed girl! =)