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Instilling Responsibility Since Young

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Checking Out : The Newly Opened Sentosa Boardwalk!

There’s a new way to get to Sentosa now!

It’s via its new Sentosa Boardwalk.

It’s officially opened today (Saturday) and entrance to Sentosa via the boardwalk is free today and tomorrow (Sunday).

[It would otherwise cost $1 per person, and you can use your EZ-Link card]

So with a few of our friends, we checked it out! We went from Vivo City (level one) and crossed over to the Boardwalk. Quite a few signages around Vivo City to let us know where to go.

As I crossed over from Vivo City to the Boardwalk, there’s one thing that I feel was ‘missing’ though.

You see, Sentosa Boardwalk is covered, and has travelators too. Excellent and so convenient, I think.

But there’s NO covered walkway between Vivo City and the Boardwalk.

So if it happens to rain or drizzle when you cross over, well … just be prepared to get a little drenched. Unless you have umbrellas or raincoats with you, of course.

[Read: It will not be too convenient if you're pushing a pram or a wheelchair]

Anyway. It was the official opening night when we were there. And it was very festive and happening! Music, lights and activities across the Boardwalk.

Lots of free stuff for the kids too (Tattoo stickers, balloon sculptures, mascots, etc).

Frankly, we were looking forward to the fireworks show, BUT, since it kept on raining heavily, the fireworks went off sometime after 9pm for just a few seconds. We did manage to see bits of it from the Visitor Centre’s side. But it was mostly blocked by the trees.

I was told that there’s a second round of fireworks show a little later that night. We missed that one though!

Despite the heavy rain, the festive feeling was there. The activities, the music and all were nicely planned and organised, I think. It was a nice Saturday night out.

And, going back home was btw very convenient for us!

I mean, there are apparently quite a few public buses available from the Resort World Sentosa side! (ie. I thought we had to take a shuttle bus back to Vivo City or hop on a taxi)

Basically we went down the escalator from the Universal Studio level, walked across the carpark towards Resort World Sentosa’s main lobby, and we could see the bus stop signs already!

Click HERE to see the list of public buses.

Hmm. I think we’ll check out the Boardwalk again sometime soon!

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Vai : The Ups and Downs of Learning Something New

28 January 2011 | Posted in: Daily, Parenting | No Comment

The other day, Vai tried on Anya’s rollerblades for the first time.

And obviously, it was hard for the little guy to stand steadily or move around without wobbling and tumbling down.

Daddy held his hand, but when they both moved forward, he still slipped and fell quite a number of times.

After some time, he apparently fell on his finger.

And I knew it must’ve hurt a lot, for he told us he didn’t want to continue on.

He cried and said he wanted to take the rollerblades off.

I was frankly torn between needing to persistently encourage him to not give up (ie. ignore his request), and agreeing to his request.

Then Wilson reminded me of this.

There’s a time when we should not force a child to do something.

We should instead encourage him to firstly LIKE what he does.

Because, how can a child be willing to endure the pain of falling and tumbling if he himself is not willing to learn it in the first place?

How can a child naturally grow to LOVE something, if he’s constantly scolded and forced? (especially since it’s not about something that he MUST do, ie. rollerblading is not something that he must master)

Of course, we can always try to spur his interest by casually talking about how fun rollerblading is, how we can rollerblade together at East Coast Park, etc.

And if Vai is keen, and is ready to pick up rollerblading again out of his own initiatives, we THEN be there and encourage him further.

And, if over time, he grows to LOVE rollerblading but occasionally encounters difficult phases where he wants to give up, then THAT’s when we need to be firm and NOT let him give up.

Hmm.

I agree with my husband. And yep, we’ll go with that approach.

Note to Vai:

Learning something new is not easy.

There’ll be ups and downs.

We know because we’ve been there too.

So, hang in there.

And know that we’ll always be there for you.

Parenting: When Technology Can be both Good and Bad

26 January 2011 | Posted in: Daily, Parenting, Video | No Comment

Have you seen this commercial on youtube called ‘Disconnect to Connect’?

If you haven’t, just click HERE to watch it.

If you have seen it, well … you can always watch it again if you want, since I really feel every one of us has such strong tendencies to disconnect with those around us, simply because we have this thing called TECHNOLOGY in our hands.

Well. I personally LOVE this commercial.

Because it strongly reminds me of what I should NOT be doing often too (ie. neglecting my loved ones who’re NEXT TO ME, because I simply have the urge to check or surf the internet again and again!)

Anyway.

I’d like to share with you one possible way of using technology to BOND with our loved ones.

I quickly took this shot of Daddy and the two kids, when the three of them had fun with his iphone.

You see, Daddy usually does his story-telling when the bedroom lights are out, and the kids are all in their pyjamas.

But this time round, he showed them a comic strip on his iphone, and both kids all cuddled up and listened to Daddy lively re-telling the story. He flipped the ‘pages’ on his iphone as he went on, as both kids looked at Daddy AND the pictures on the iphone at the same time!

A great way to make a POSITIVE use of our technology, I reckon.

Vai : 4 years, 5 months

25 January 2011 | Posted in: Daily | 8 Comments


[Right after school, taken today]

A few quick updates on our little guy:

- Vai is Kindergarten 1 this year. And as his sister is already off to school by the time he himself gets ready for the school bus to pick him up at 10.35am, I have more ‘alone’ time with him. Which is something that I treasure because being the second child, he has his sister around most of the time.

- He hasn’t had much afternoon naps over the past year. And now that his big sister needs to wake up at 6am on school days, they both go to bed at around 8.30pm (and he wakes up at about 8.30 the next morning)

-  Still automatically walks over to our bedroom and sleeps next to me in the middle of the night.


[Waiting for school bus to come]

- An affectionate little guy. He likes to cuddle up. He can say, ‘Love you, Mommy’, and gives me a kiss on the cheek. He likes to hold my arm or put his arms around me when he sleeps.

- One with a soft heart. He could sob and cry when he’s feeling sad about something.

There’s a time in Hong Kong when he went out with Daddy and Anya. They had some french fries for snacks and he said he wanted to save a piece for me. He said, ‘I’d like to bring one back for Mommy to try’. And so he carried that one piece in his little fingers. When he was close to reaching home, he accidentally dropped it on the ground. He stood there, feeling sad, but Daddy said, ‘It’s okay. Just pick it up and bring it back with you anyway.’ (To us, what matters is the intention and the heart). And when I opened the door, with that piece of french fries still in his hand, he quickly hugged my legs and sobbed, saying, ‘Vai wanted to give you this, but it fell on the ground’, and he sobbed again. I was very touched by that. God bless your loving heart, Vai.


[At Hong Kong International Airport, 1 Jan 2011]

- Still a cheeky and playful little guy.

- Likes to protect and help when his big sister says she can’t do something.

eg. When Anya was about to slip and fall (due to the wet floor after some heavy rain), he’d go and hold his sister’s hand, and say to her, ‘It’s OK. I hold your hand now so you don’t fall, okay?’

Or, when Anya was feeling afraid to go to the bathroom all by herself at night, he’d automatically go and accompany her.

- Still is very into cars and Lightning McQueen. But he’s willing to accompany his sister and watch the movies that she likes.

- Usually automatically kisses my tummy as well after giving me a kiss (eg. when we say good bye to each other)


[Feeling all nice and warm during winter in Hong Kong last December]

- Brushes his own teeth and cleans up all by himself upon reaching home from school (ie. Takes off uniform, washes up his hands, feet, towels himself dry, and puts on his home clothes)

- Likes to eat cereals (daily!)

- Loves pasta

- Likes sweets and candies (but is only given a quota of two / day by mommy, for his teeth’s sake)

- Likes to ask for food (again) although it’s already time for bed.

- Weighs about 19kg.

We love you, Vai!

And we just know that you’ll be a great big brother, just like how you’ve been a great little brother to Anya.

Vai : The Ups and Downs of Learning Something New

28 January 2011 | Posted in: Daily, Parenting | No Comment

The other day, Vai tried on Anya’s rollerblades for the first time.
And obviously, it was hard for the little guy to stand steadily or move around without wobbling and tumbling down.
Daddy held his hand, but …

Anya & Vai : 20 months

20 April 2008 | Posted in: Daily, Parenting | No Comment
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That was how Anya looked like when she’s 20 months old.
And looking back at how she was at that age, and how Vai is right now, I can list down more of their differences than …

‘First-time Mom’ – Backseat Dads

7 May 2008 | Posted in: Marriage & Relationships, Parenting | 5 Comments
wil_leo

As a follow-up on my post last Saturday, here’s one topic from Dr Kevin Leman’s book “First-time Mom” that I’d like to share with you today.
It’s on the role of daddies in the family and …

‘First-time Mom’ – Backseat Dads

7 May 2008 | Posted in: Marriage & Relationships, Parenting | 5 Comments
wil_leo

As a follow-up on my post last Saturday, here’s one topic from Dr Kevin Leman’s book “First-time Mom” that I’d like to share with you today.
It’s on the role of daddies in the family and …

Thoughts : Married to Our Spouse, Not to Our Children

6 June 2013 | Posted in: Inspirational, Marriage & Relationships | No Comment
wilsonleonnyLIN

When we become parents, the reality is, children will demand a lot of our time and energy.
Breastfeeding / bottle-feeding them, preparation of meals, feeding, bathing and playtime, changing of diapers, dealing with tantrums and behaviours.
Not …

A little ‘Me-Time’ for Mom

31 May 2008 | Posted in: Marriage & Relationships | 9 Comments
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I was reading some articles the other day on today’s busy Moms and how everyone needs some ‘Me-time’ to recharge.
One article says:
“When we are stressed, overwhelmed and tired, we have a shorter fuse. We …