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Chinese Overload

Since end of last year, I have been thinking of how to revamp our princess’s study programme. I t was no small feat for these brains of mine which is beginning to show signs of early dementia. Or so I think. I have realised very early on that relying on her Chinese textbook used in her school is not enough to carry her into upper primary’s Higher Chinese. To do Higher Chinese, one has to be able to use the language as one would its first. Which in our case is near impossible for both Hubby and I are not even proficient with the language even when we were in school. So what is this mummy to do when Her Highness insisted on doing Higher Chinese?   In an effort to get her to read beyond her textbook, I went hunting for some suitable reading materials and collate them into bite-size. I told you it was no small feat. This was the vocabulary list of words which I culled from a short 500+ words story. Listing out was the easy part, but as you can see, I have not even worked out the defini

Quick Noodle Salad with Tofu

I love noodle salad. Carbs and fibre at the same time! Technically this is a noodle salad even though I cheated with spaghetti. Hey, I was merely up-cycling the leftovers. Since moving into our new place, I haven’t quite gotten used to the tiny space called kitchen. I am quite a disorganised person, so I need lots of space for prep. Well, I guess things will have to change if I really want to adapt. In fact, I have to. So while I still carry on this internal struggle in my head, I have hungry mouths to feed. And what’s a desperate and lazy cook to do? Assemble. Step 1: Assemble dressing . Step 2: Assemble salad base (i.e. pasta/noodles, greens, tomatoes, wakame and tofu). Step 3: Assemble dressing and salad base in a big plate. Step 4: Assemble hungry mouths to the table. I really like the Hosin-soy sauce dressing from Cook’s Illustrated as it uses ingredients which I always have in my pantry and it goes really well with any sort of noodles, even good when drizzled over pl

Does It Make A Difference?

Whenever I am helping Princess with her school work, I am always digging for old memories of my studying years to better understand what she is going through. But, to my dismay and her frustration, what she is going through right now has little semblance of what we had gone through then. What we did previously perhaps makes up only 5-10% of what is still existing in her curriculum. During our time, a standard Primary 4 Math exam would include questions like this: Q: What is the L.C.M. of 15 and 18? Q: What is the H.C.F of 5 and 8? In case you have forgotten all about your primary school work, L.C.M. refers to Lowest Common Multiple and H.C.F. refers to Highest Common Multiple. Today, the question looks something like this: Question from Popular Primary School #1: A shopkeeper has more than 50 sweets. If he puts them in packets of 7, he has 5 sweets left. If he puts them in packets of 9, he has 6 sweets left. How many sweets does the shopkeeper have? Question from Popular

Golfers And Their Arms

Yesterday while Princess was doing her revision for today's Science test, I showed her this photo.  Photo taken from Straits Times. Me: "What do you see in this photo of these top golfers?" She: "Their arms all looked the same [size]?" Hubby: "They have straight hair?" Me: "Wrong!" Do you see what I saw? Need a hint?  Photo taken from Straits Times I saw tanned lines on their arms. And what those lines told me was that these ladies trained extremely hard. Under the hot sun. For long hours. This brings to mind what Malcom Gladwell wrote in his book Outliers about practising for 10,000 hours to achieve mastery. For me, I believe that whatever that is worth doing, is worth doing 10,000 hours of practising for. Maybe that is why I seldom do anything.