December 31, 2015

2015 year in review

Yan Yan graduated from kindy this year and that’s probably the highlight of 2015.  Her self confidence has also improved, as well as being less timid.  On our recent trip to Legoland, she surprised me by going on all the rides.  She asked to attend After School Program (ASP) at the kindy and enjoyed herself tremendously with all the fun classes like cooking, music & movement, gardening, etc.  She was struggling with reading last year and as part of her ASP, we got a teacher to spend extra hours with her on her reading, and I’m really pleased that she can now read independently.  She managed to join both her class parties this year as well as the kindy trip to KL BirdPark, and won a silver medal in her kindy Sports Day.  She also became a flower girl at my colleague’s beautiful and cosy wedding.

Yiu Yiu participated in her school Sports Day, won 3rd prize for Chinese singing competition, and represented the school in a choir competition.   She also passed her Grade 2 piano and Grade 3 violin exams, besides playing a main role in a short film competition.

Getting some coaching from her music school principal, Rachel Tan, who used to be with Dama Orchestra, in preparation for her singing competition

Posing with her piano Grade 2 certificate

The girls took part in their first ever musical organized by their music centre.  They played only a small role but they enjoyed themselves tremendously and it was an experience that would not be easily forgotten. 

On the personal front, organizational changes were announced sometime in Q4 which will take effect in 2016.  The changes are positive for me, though it poses new challenges.  Work wise, I hardly travelled this year, except to Ho Chi Minh.  I also got my stubborn spot of eczema on top of my lips resolved, thanks to Izumio and Super Lutein.  If anyone has any health problems, do get in touch to learn more about Izumio and Super Lutein – they really do work!

Among some outings this year included playing tourists in Ipoh and Melaka, and going on a helicopter ride, the first in our lives, at the Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon Festival.  We brought the girls snorkeling for the first time in Lang Tengah (and Yiu Yiu asked if we could do this annually J) and discovered the beauty of Kuala Terengganu Chinatown.  Another first for the girls was participating in a 4km run.

Unlike the last few years, we didn’t go out of Malaysia for the year-end holidays (as mummy couldn’t get cheap flights and was too kiamsiap to pay full price for flights) but we spent quality time together revisiting Legoland and two farms in Johor.  The girls also paid Hello Kitty a visit.

Looking forward to 2016 where Yan Yan will be entering a new chapter in her life by stepping into Primary 1.

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