October 19, 2014

Singing competition

Yiu Yiu was selected to represent her class for the Standard 3 singing competition recently.  She sang the song 老人与小孩.  There were three other participants who sang the same song J  I think she did quite well, better than her story telling competition earlier this year.  The winners have not been announced yet though.

Here’s the video:

September 08, 2014

Sports bra for every activity

If you work out often, you would know the importance of wearing sports bra during workouts or sport activities.  There are a lot of benefits of wearing sports bra while working out, especially providing that all-important support and comfort.  However, some women might have difficulties choosing the right sports bra for various sport activities as different sports bra fit different workout routines.  There are various designs of sports bra which one can find in the market but you must select the ones which provide the best support for each activity.


Sports bra of these designs are most suitable to be worn for high impact activities such as jogging, running, basketball, soccer and more.  It is very important for women to maintain the integrity of the breast as having too much intense movement may cause ligament tear which will lead to sagging.  This type of neck halter or V neck sports bra supports your chest from high impact movements and maintains the shape.


The U neck design sports bra are often designed with a more light weight fabric material and is very cooling. This type of sports bra is especially suitable for outdoor activities such as kayaking or playing volleyball at the beach. The blazing hot sun and humid weather will not be a problem at all. Plus, this bra also provides great support for your chest area and minimizes movements. It holds everything in place and does not push down your breast.


This sports bra is adjustable and stretchy and provides soft support to your chest area. Adjustable bras are perfect to be worn for indoor or light activities such as Yoga, Pilates or hiking. It offers the right amount of support and is more comfortable to be worn as you could adjust the straps based on your preference.

Photo from Neilson Barnard, Getty Images North America

If you would like to get some new sports bra, try checking out ZALORA as it offers a wide selection of sports bra online from various local and international brands.

September 03, 2014

Merdeka weekend

During the Merdeka weekend, we went back to Kuantan, but not before being caught in the massive jam just as we passed the Gombak toll.  It took us almost two hours just to clear Genting Sempah.  Genting Highlands must have been packed to the brim with holiday makers.

As usual, when in Kuantan, we would head to the beach but was caught in the jam heading there.  From afar, we could see that the parking near the beach was already packed so we detoured to the Mini Zoo @ Taman Teruntum.  This is more like a park than a zoo, but it’s a rather nice place with some animals which are decently kept.  The best thing is the free entrance J

Yiu Yiu petting a deer

Feeding time for the baby crocodiles 

There was an operator with several orb balls and a bouncing castle in the park and the adventurous Yiu Yiu took a shot at the orb ball.

That night, we had an advance 68th birthday celebration for FIL, whose actual birthday is not till three weeks later.

August 31, 2014

MDEC print ad

I was away in Penang when my younger sis Whatsapp me to ask if I would agree to let Yiu Yiu participate in a shoot for a print ad by the Multimedia Development Corporation.  It was a weekday and it might mean that she had to skip school if the shoot ended late.  I am someone who thinks that it’s not a big deal for her to miss one day of school in exchange for an experience like this.

And so she went…

Getting made up by the make-up artist.  Notice her ill-fitting shirt and tights :-)  The children are all supposed to be under-privileged children from rural areas
Briefing by the director 
Getting a jumping shot
And the ad came out today, in Sin Chew and The Star.  Can you spot her?

August 27, 2014

August happenings

The girls caught the Rainbow Loom fever, and Yiu Yiu created so many bracelets, charms and pencil grips over the past few weeks.

I was at the salon getting my hair cut and both girls followed.  Yiu Yiu had her hair cut about 2 inches shorter.  The front part of her hair used to be the same length with the back, but she decided to chop them off for a fringe.  Yan Yan also had her hair trimmed, and got a bonus of having her hair highlighted.


In early August, we attended a friend’s daughter’s 5th birthday party.  The amazing mum took so much effort to decorate the venue for a princessy feel.  There was also a beauty corner with nail polish, nail stickers, strings with beads and charms to keep the girls busy with decorating their own nail and bracelets/necklaces.

Two weeks later, we attended another birthday party at the Contango, Majestic Hotel.  This time, it was my colleague’s daughter’s 1st birthday.  The little one was into Elmo so there was the Elmo cake, Elmo cookies and Elmo crafts.

August 24, 2014

Art exhibition

Yiu Yiu has been attending art classes at Jane Yap Atelier at Citta Mall since two years ago.  We enrolled her here after stumbling upon their art exhibition two years ago and was suitably impressed with their approach to teaching art to children – allowing them to express their feelings while having fun at the same time.  At Jane Yap Atelier, the sky can be pink if the child imagines it to be pink.

Two years on, from Aug 23 – 30, Jane Yap Atelier will again hold its biennial students art exhibition.  Titled “The Tree of Life”, the exhibition exposes the children to the preparations and details required in organizing an art exhibition.

The principal, Jane Yap, delivering her opening speech (L), and being interviewed by a reporter (R) 

Group photo of children participating in the exhibition

Yiu Yiu with two of her teachers 

Each student had to paint three items for the exhibition: a tree painting and two canvas bags.  One canvas bag is in a monochrome and the other with an animal theme.  The bags with the animal painting were up for sale at RM 100 each, and all proceeds will be channeled to the Sin Chew Foundation.

With the little artist - her painting is the top painting above her 

Her canvas bags

August 21, 2014


I found out about this through a friend whose daughter was involved in the production.  Produced by Rhythm in Bronze, this music theatre production showcased a cast of 23 children agred between 8 to 18.  It is a story about a group of children who ride the waves and oceans as they sail to the frozen north to search for their parents who were spirited away by a magical bird.
We went for the 8pm show last Saturday, and the almost 2.5 hour show was well worth the ticket price.  An energetic performance that incorporates plenty of gamelan and other traditional music, the girls enjoyed is tremendously, and was humming the song from the show even days after.

My friend's daughter in action 

The closing scene 

Managed to snap a photo with two of the cast members

August 19, 2014

Yan Yan’s 5th birthday

As per last year, we celebrated her birthday in school.  She asked for Frozen-themed cupcakes so this was what she got – we ordered from Jenn again this year.

I was a bit more prepared this year, and had ample time to shop for things for the party packs, and the girls helped with the packing too.  Each party pack consists of a 3D dinosaur model (for boys) or bracelets and glitter glue (for girls), a small tub of PlayDoh, KitKat and Mamee.

I prepared some macaroni with Bolognese sauce, air fried nuggets and grapes, and off we went to the kindy.  After dropping her off, hubs, Yiu Yiu and I went for a quick breakfast nearby before returning to the kindy at 9.15am to set up.  The children came to the pantry at 9.30am, sang her a birthday song followed by Yan Yan distributing the party packs to her friends.  They then went back to their class to tuck in to the food.

 Enjoying her pasta

We had a family celebration with my extended family and babysitter’s family a couple of days later, with a simple dinner at Gao Ren Guan, rounding up the celebration with yet another repeat of the durian mousse cake.

Celebrating papa's birthday together as it's only two days apart 

The girls only get to choose a toy once a year during their birthday, and this was what she chose.

Yan Yan with her Baby Alive doll 

July 19, 2014

Progress in school

In the recent mid-year exam, Yiu Yiu just made it to the upper half of her whole standard three of close to 600 students.  Her BM pulled her down, scoring only 54 for Pemahaman and 68 for Penulisan.  I am still resisting sending her to tuition but it looks like I may have to, sooner or later, as the standards are pretty high.

She submitted an entry for her school’s comic drawing competition few weeks back, and out of the blue, she came home with a trophy, winning an Excellence award for her entry.

Yan Yan seems to be progressing ok in her learning – she’s starting to read slowly, can recognize Chinese words that are taught at school and is pretty good at Maths.  The area for improvement that has been consistently highlighted by her class teacher in all the monthly progress report seems to be her lack of self confidence.  She seems to be very sensitive and concerned about what others think about her, and so most times at school, when she cannot grasp what the teacher was teaching, or if she couldn’t complete the work assigned, she’d break down and cry, instead of asking help from the teacher.  She also gives up easily and will simply say “I don’t know” instead of trying and making mistakes.  She seems to have this paranoia about making mistakes, so we gotta give her more encouragement to try.

Nonetheless, when I went for the Parents-Teachers Day, I was very pleasantly surprised to see this – she was Star Student of the Week!

July 04, 2014

School sports day

There are thousands of students in Yiu Yiu’s school, and as such, the school only invites parents of participating students to be present at the sports day (and I think the same applies to all other school activities).

Yiu Yiu was selected to participate this year and so, we were at the school bright and early on that day.
Having a quick bite before the events started

It started with the usual marching in of students and uniformed bodies, followed by speeches by the headmaster and chairman of the PTA.  It was followed by some taekwando, cheerleading and unicycle performances.  I was planning to leave as soon as her event finishes as I had to get to Yan Yan’s kindy for Parents-Teachers Day as well.  Unfortunately, her event was the last on the program.

Her team finished second last – one of the girls hopped the wrong way in the gunny sack.  She went backwards instead of forward J  Yiu Yiu was slightly disappointed but I’ve drummed into her that it doesn’t matter if her team won or lost, most important she participated and had fun.  But apparently the poor girl who hopped the wrong way was given an earful by her mum.

This may be the last year she’d participate in her school sports day, as there will no longer be telematches and games from Standard 4 onwards, unless she gets chosen for any track and field events.