Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Reviewing 2014

Yining's reviewing her 2014. For some reason, she dug out all the school work done in 2014 and started going through them one by one.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Artwork from Clay Works

We came across this school that teaches clay art at East Point Mall last week. They are having trial lessons so we let Yining have a try.

The folks gave us a very good introduction of their curriculum and so we decided to sign Yining up. 

The arrangement here is interesting. We can pop in anytime for the 10 sessions we sign up for. Each lesson has its curriculum and objectives so it's not like simply an 1 hour playtime. 

So we brought Yining for her first session today. I think it's lunch hour so she ended up in a 1 to 1 class. 

We stuck around for a while to see how thing are before we left Yining in their good hands. 

So an hour later, this is the result. 

Not bad. Teachers told me Yining's fast and she good with this. I had a glimpse of what other kids did. Indeed Yining's work so more refined. But then again that might have been younger kids. 

Yining enjoyed the session, likely because of the lively trainer with her. I was outside observing a couple of minutes before the lesson ended and I could see that she was having fun. I'm sure Yining's looking forward to the next session. :)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

New Hairstyle

She finally agreed to cut her hair short after 1 year of persuasion. :)

Friday, December 5, 2014

She Knows Good Food When She See It

Yining probably got it from me. We know good food when we see it. We were having dinner and we got her dumpling noodles. That's about what she can eat in the menu.

She was happily eating her dumpling noodles when she saw my beef brisket noodles. Without hesitation, she said : "I want the brown brown one".

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Growing Up. Need Food!

Yining's finishing almost one whole bento herself. No joke. :)

This is all that's left for me.

Gotta work harder to feed my growing kid. Lol!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

My Indian Girl

The performance item for the year end concert this year is Indian dance. So here we have our Indian girl with her teacher from the childcare.

Indian girl with her teacher

Monday, October 27, 2014

Random Moments - 27th Oct 2014

When we got home today, I told Yining the sequence of things we are doing. We will shower then she can do her homework while I prepare dinner. 

And there she is without further reminders after her shower. 

Very proud of her. :)

The Real Use Of Papa's Big Tummy

It is a comfortable pillow.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

How To Make Cupcakes (And Eat Them)

This has been on Yining’s wish list for a while. She saw videos of people making mini cupcakes on YouTube and she asked for one of these too. So I got this machine from Taobao. Cost me about $20.

Cake Maker

So we started making cakes on the Deepavali holiday.

Preparation In Progress

Here’s Yining helping in the preparation.

Testing with just 1 cake

This machine is new, so we tested with 1 to see how it will turn out. From the cake mix to what you see in the picture took us 4 mins. Pretty fast!

Everything In

For the next round we tried 5 mins. Slightly charred, but it’s ok since we are going to put icing over it.

Almost Done

And here we have our cakes.

Applying The Icing

Now we pass it on to Yining to apply the icing. She tried to use a spoon to spread the icing. It wasn’t really effective, so she ended up dipping the whole cake into the icing mixture.

Done With the Icing

And it turned out pretty well!

Sprinkling The Glitters

The next step was to apply the glitters.

Tasting The Fruit Of Labour

The final step of course is eating the cakes. All done in less than 1 hour. :)

Thursday, October 23, 2014


She was telling me about how a dog was carrying newspaper for the owner in its mouth.

Animated Storyteller

Monday, October 20, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Yining - Our Young Environmentalist!

Yining tore 1 piece out of the 3-ply tissue and folded the remaining. She said save paper. Don't waste.

And she's been preaching the importance of water and how we should save water these few days. :)

Yes, we are very proud of her.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Can't Share Food These Days

Enjoying her plain thosai
Yining now has appetite for more than half of the whole portion. Can't share food with her anymore. ☺

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Pretty Shoes For Yining

But they are too small for her. Gotta order again. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014


I asked Yining the same questions. Her reaction was pretty fast. She said : 你养我是要照顾我. And she quickly added : 我的肉不好吃. 

曹格的女儿 - Grace

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Things That Go Through Their Mind

Interesting things go through minds of kids. Like for Yining, I sometimes wonder where she got those ideas from.

Just yesterday, she overheard me telling Mummy that I'm going for blood donation some time these 2 weeks. She had some interesting thoughts after that.

Firstly, she recalled that I have already done my donation and asked why I needed to do it again. That was quite a long time ago. Then she said I'm shouldn't go for the donation because taking blood out will make me sick. I explained to her that it's ok and I'm actually giving blood to save people like those operation scenes she likes to watch. (Yes, she likes to watch bloody operation scenes). For a moment she seem convinced, then she started again, saying that I have already done it and I don't need to do it again. And again, it's going to make me sick. Seeing that she's visibly worried, I told her I won't be doing it for the time being.

I'm seriously curious where she got all those reasoning from. I also think that we should take time to talk to children without any agenda. Talking to them actually picks their mind and help them sort out their thought process. And above all, it's actually quite entertaining.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Yining Found A New Toy!

We found a way of using the magnifying glass today. :)

Big Eyes!

Big Mouth!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Yining's Bus Pass

No free rides on bus and trains without this card. Yes, Yining's only 4 and a half, but according to the regulations, she needs this child concession card because she's more than 90cm tall.

She's pretty pleased with it. Now she has her own card to tap when taking public transport.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014

Another Has Dropped!

Yining lost another one of her lower front teeth. The earlier tooth is halfway out.

Another had dropped!

Yining's QOTD

She went up to Mummy and said: "If you don't believe in yourself, no one will believe you."
Where did she get that from?!!?

She's four and a half in case you are wondering.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Yining's Artwork

Yining started attending art lesson a month ago. I pretty surprise at what she can draw actually. This is from the first lesson.

Hmm....real amazed. :)

Showing Off Her New Toy

She's obviously happy with adding this new set to her Sylvanian Families collection. Daddy not so happy though. So expensive and cannot see any real educational value. :P

Friday, July 25, 2014

For Racial Harmony Day

Last Friday. Mummy prepared 2 sets for morning and afternoon. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Yining's First Visit To The Dentist

Ok. This is the sequel to Yining's wobbly teeth. Yes teeth. Not tooth. There's another one dropping off, so here we are at the dentist. 

We got her this appointment as soon as we realise one of the tooth is near falling out. We were not trying to save the teeth. Mummy and I wanted an assessment from the dentist because Yining's losing her tooth at 4 years and 5 months. Given that Yining had her first tooth at 4 months, losing the tooth now is not unusual, but we wanted to ascertain whether it's decay or natural dropping because the adult tooth is coming out. 

Prior to the teeth coming out, we couldn't tell. Coincidentally, the tooth dropped this morning, so Dr Amanda (Pure Dental) managed to showed us this little bit of white coming out during the checkup. So yes, the new tooth is pushing the baby tooth out.

Now, because of this, we need to understand what are the effects of having, soon to be a pair of adult teeth growing out of a 4 year old jaw. Dr Amanda explained that the teeth are expected to be crooked, even for the rest of the teeth coming out subsequently. But as they grow up, the jaws will widen and the teeth will space out on it's own. 

Dr Amanda (Pure Dental)  has experience with kids, so she knows how to allay their fear and apprehension before and during the treatment. She introduced the equipment and explained the steps to Yining before the treatment to get her prepared. For example, she let Yining touch the bristle on the scaling brush to let her have a feel of the machinery before sticking it into her mouth. How I wish we had such nice dentist in school during our time.

And prior to the visit, Mummy and I have also explained how things would be like at the dentist. She has seen pictures and videos of it so she's more or less prepared mentally. I'm glad to say that Yining's cooperative throughout the whole treatment. Even Dr Amanda said that she's surprised that this is Yining's first visit to the dentist.

This is Yining now, with pearlie-whites and 1 tooth less....
Another milestone in Yining's growing up journey.

It Was Wobbly

It was wobbly last Saturday. Now it's out for good. 

Papa very sad. :(

Monday, July 7, 2014



That was supposed to be char siew bun btw. Can see right?

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Yining And Her Rainbow Cake

She's been watching videos of rainbow cakes on YouTube. Happened to see a friend post a picture of the rainbow cake she bought so here we are at The Emerald Bakery.

And as usual, Yining can't wait, so we had to settle it at the coffeeshop beside the bakery. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Escape Planning

For some reason, Yining paid a lot of attention to this particular thing during the flight back from Bali - the emergency escape plan. She was really studying it meticulously for a good 15 - 20 mins. And she asked a lot of questions too. Conscientious and responsible passenger huh? Lol!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Yining's Impeccable Logic Once Again

Yining was concerned when she discovered that I'm on leave today. She gave me a worried look and asked me : “你没有做工,哪里有钱卖Rabbit给我?”

.......... Speechless ..........

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Morning Cuppa

Yes. We are drinking coffee again. @Starbucks Bedok Mall.