English Language Composition: Resolving Conflict

I drifted slowly to sleep. It was all so peaceful and quiet. Not a sound could be heard. Suddenly, a knock on the door cracked the tranquility. I woke up and tried to find out what racket was going on downstairs.

I saw mom opening up the door for the delivery man. Looks like mom ordered a new laptop. I went back to my bedroom and fell asleep. I was up by the crack of dawn. I went downstairs and saw my little brother eating pancakes for breakfast. I sat with him and ate. I asked my little brother if he wanted to play basketball with me. He agreed. Soon, we were trying to snatch the ball. Suddenly, we collapsed and the ball went flying into the living room and smashed mom’s new laptop! “Nooooooo!” I shrieked. I took the broken laptop and brought it up to my room. My brother accused me of breaking it. It is the other way around, the next second, we were in each other’s throats. Meanwhile, downstairs, my mom came back and saw the broken pieces of shattered glass. Mom was shocked. She also heard the two of us quarreling. Mom went to our bedroom and caught us red-handed.

A few minutes later, after some explaining and defending each other from mom’s wrath, we realised that a mistake was made and we owe each other an apology.

It took us time but we made peace the next morning over pancakes.


*Ethan is currently studying in Singapore and he is into basketball and video games.


Alive Museum Singapore Family Ticket Giveaway

There’s more to see in Alive Museum Singapore!

Recently, we were invited by the Alive Museum here in Singapore, and it was a nice surprise to see that this time around, the world’s best 4D museum has added two new zones, namely, the Young @ Heart and Live.Laugh.Love.  For those of you who have visited the fun and immersive AMS, enjoy it once more as they are offering a 40% discount for a limited time only. Yet another good news for all photo enthusiasts like myself! 😉


More than just the galleries, my kids also loved and enjoyed the interactive pieces here as well.  Look at Sofie’s video below with one of their digital arts, featuring Marilyn Monroe –


And this disco and mirror room sure brings out your hidden moves and grooves.  It definitely makes me want to visit again.


Allow us to give you a tour around, but first here’s my favourite picture thus far-

My husband’s killin’ it.


This was taken at the Young @ Heart Zone. Isn’t he funny? ^_^


Felt like Thumbelina in the most colourful garden, in the museum!

It felt like I’m Thumbelina in the most colourful indoor garden!


My kids sitting under the lovely cupid tree at the Live.Laugh.Love. zone

My kids sitting under the lovely cupid tree at the Live.Laugh.Love. zone


Notice my hands? hahaha. Now I have a reason to return here! Hun, let’s have a second take please! X-D


My kids were thrilled and enjoyed themselves while appreciating everything that the museum has to offer.



“It’s all good dad!”



“It seemed so real!”


"Okay let's play one on two dad!"

“Okay let’s play one on two dad! We can beat you now!”



Here’s what’s happening during our photo shoot


All right. Who can't resist spiderman kiss?

Well alright…who could resist spiderman’s kiss?



This is going to be a good display in our living room wall, would you agree?



He likes to play hero, this photo suits him the most #wolverine boy


one damsel in distress. or not.

Sofie said, “look from afar!”





Though my kids have visited the Alive Museum a few times before, they’ve told me it’s always worth coming back… and indeed it was 🙂

Thank you AMS for this special invite!  Please log in to their website, click here for the latest updates or visit their Alive Museum facebook page.





For all of you who would like a chance to visit the Alive Museum

We are giving away an Alive Museum family package (for 2 adults and 2 children) worth $90, just simply do the following :

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3. Answer this: Why would you like to visit the Alive museum, in the “Comments” section below or:

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Winners will be notified on or before 9 Aug 2016. Goodluck 🙂


Advent Calendar for Kids

This season may we never forget the love we have for Jesus.

My Little Advent Booklet courtesy of the Holy Trinity Church

My Little Advent Booklet courtesy of the Holy Trinity Church

My boy went home with a little advent booklet from his class. It includes some important prayers and scriptures that a kid should know, and most importantly, it also shares a story about the birth of baby Jesus.

But there’s a special page which I find interesting to share with you- the advent calendar.


It encourages your children to do a simple act of kindness each day, to all the people around them.

The advent calendar courtesy of the Holy Trinity Church

The advent calendar courtesy of the Holy Trinity Church

December (first week of advent starting 30th November, Sunday)

1 (Monday) – I will give a smile to all I meet today

2 (Tuesday) – I will make a special effort to be kind to those I find it hard to like.

3 (Wednesday) – I will obey my parents, my teachers, and other in charge of me.

4 (Thursday) – I will try to show special love for someone who seems unhappy and lonely.

5 (Friday) – I will secretly do a kind act for someone.

6 (Saturday) – I will work hard today and do my best.


Time and again, I am being reminded by my children how exciting this season is. It’s 21 days closer ’til the birth of our baby Jesus, and I know each kid is as excited as them too. I hope that you agree with me, that not every month felt a lot like Christmas.  Take time to share this calendar to your family and loved ones. Let’s bring back the old Christmas spirit.




We would like to give credits to Ms. Fanny and her co-teachers.  Thanks for spreading the love.

Teachers’ Day – A Day Not To Be Missed

Although teacher’s day is not an actual holiday in every country, it is still a very important day to commemorate our educators. For without them, it would be difficult to have attained what we have now- LITERACY.   teacher11 Though some may looked down on this profession, it is always key to know and understand that it is through our teachers that we get to learn life’s lessons within and outside the classroom walls.  teacher confession I encourage your children to take this time and opportunity to reciprocate the dedication of their teachers by thanking them and showing them the appreciation that they so much deserve.

You know Madam Aniza during the first day of school, I thought that attending primary school will be hard for me. But I was wrong. You made each passing day so exciting. You let me play in the playground, let me read my favorite books in the library, and every time you see me sad and quiet, you ask me if I am okay or not… Most of all, you always talk to me and teach me again the things that are hard to comprehend, always making sure that I understand the lesson well. I am learning a lot from you, teacher. And seeing you in our school will always be the highlight of my day. Love, Ethan


 You know Ms. Ashiqin, every time I hear you say “You can do it Sofie!” I am inspired to give my best, because aside from my mom and dad, I also want you to be proud of me. So every time I take the test, do my homework, work on my projects, I am thinking if I can make you happy too. So I study harder, because I always want to see you smiling at me…

Hi Ms. Ashiqin, every time I hear you say “You can do it Sofie!” I am inspired to give my best, because aside from my mom and dad, I also want you to be proud of me. So every time I take the test, do my homework, work on my projects, I am thinking if I can make you happy too. So I study harder, because I always want to see you smiling at me… Love, Sofie


Hello Mrs. Lim, I was touched when you helped me clean my mustache when it was the Children's Day party in school. You were like a mommy too, but only living in school. Thank you for for listening to me every time I tell you stories about anything I want to say. It makes me feel special. Love, Santino

Hello Mrs. Lim, I was touched when you helped me clean my mustache when it was the Children’s Day party in school. You were like a mommy too, but only living in school. Thank you for listening to me every time I tell you stories about anything I want to say. It makes me feel special. You are special to me too, that’s why I want to make you happy all the time. Love, Santino.

 We also would like to extend our thanks to:

Mrs. Sharon Chan

Mdm. Suriaty Jumahat

Mdm. Ayul Huda

Ms. Neo

Mrs. Ang

Mdm. Nur

Ms. Adeline Koh

Teacher Seema

Mdm. Ng

Teacher Aida

Teacher Lily

Teacher Hawa

Teacher Nur

Teacher Neo Liang

Mdm Bahiya Duana

Mdm Linda Jamil

Mrs. Long

Mrs. Singh

Ms. Koh

Ms. Nur Hayati

Ms. Lai

Mdm. Suraya

Ms. Victoria

Monsieur Benoit de Menza

And to all the teachers… Thanks for all your hard work and dedication. We appreciate everything.

image credit: queenzasstyle.blogspot.com

image credit: queenzasstyle.blogspot.com

here’s A song for teachers all over the world please click the link – A song for teachers all over the world 


Let me share with you the lists of some countries who also give importance to this occasion.

Country Date of Teachers’ Day Notes
Afghanistan Oct 5 Schools have a holiday, but students and teachers gather to celebrate at schools with special traditional food, cookies, music and presents for the teachers
Albania March 7 In 1887, the first secular school which taught lessons in Albanian was opened on this day in the small city ofKorçë. All schools had previously functioned under the supervision of the Catholic Church in northern and middle Albania; the Orthodox Church in the south did not allow any Albanian schools.
Algeria February 28
Argentina September 11 To honour the memory & work of Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, who died on this date in 1888, in Asuncion, Paraguay.
Armenia October 5 Until quite recently, Armenia celebrated the Teacher’s Day on the first Sunday of October. But under a parliament decision to amend the law on the Republic of Armenia Holidays and Commemoration Days, the holiday was shifted to October 5.[4]
Australia Last Friday in October On Australia’s celebration of World Teachers’ Day, the NEiTA Foundation and the Australian Scholarships Group (ASG) is proud to announce the national teaching recipients of the ASG Community Merit Awards. World Teachers’ Day was started by UNESCO and is celebrated in more than 100 countries around the world each year. On its 40th anniversary this year, it represents a significant token of the awareness, understanding and appreciation displayed for the contribution that teachers make to education.
Azerbaijan October 5 Between 1965 and 1994, the first Sunday of October. Since 1994, on October 5, it has coincided with the World Teachers’ Day (est. 1994 by UNESCO).
Bangladesh October 4 Schools don’t have a holiday if it’s not a weekly one. Students greet teacher and often send cards and presents. Teachers usually don’t teach them from the books, those who do this share their experiences with the students. Students often try to surprise their teachers with anything they can think of.
Belarus First Sunday of October
Brunei Darussalam September 23 To commemorate the birth date of the 28th ruler of Brunei, Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien III, also known as the ‘Architect of Modern Brunei’ who amongst others had emphasized the importance of education to his subjects by introducing a policy of ‘free’ education whereby the citizens are charged very nominal fees for attending schools. This policy has now been followed by the current 29th ruler who has since extended the policy further.
Bhutan May 2 Established and marked on the birth anniversary of the third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who introduced modern education to the country.
Bolivia June 6
Brazil October 15 A decree regulating the elementary schools in Brazil. The celebration gained popularity throughout the country, and October 15 was officially designated Teachers’ Day in 1963.
Bulgaria October 5 On 29.09.2006, October 5 was recognised as Teacher’s Day by the government.[5]
Cameroon October 5 Teachers in Cameroon on Tuesday October 5, 2010 joined the rest of their peers worldwide to celebrate the 17th edition of the World Teachers Day. Placed under the theme, “Nation building passes through teachers”, the day served as an opportunity to pay homage to teachers who toil, sometimes under not-so-comfortable conditions, to build the capacities of human resources for the socio-economic development of the country. Commemorative activities in Yaounde that began in September 29 with educative talks at the Lycée Général Leclerc had round off on Tuesday at the Wada multi-purpose sports complex.
Canada October 5
Chile October 16 In 1967, September 11 was chosen as “Día del Maestro” (“Teacher’s Day”). The date was moved to December 10 in 1975, because on that day in 1945, the Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral received the Nobel Prize. In 1977, the date was renamed to “Día del Profesor” (also “Teacher’s Day”) and was moved again, to October 16, to honour the founding of the Colegio de Profesores de Chile (Teachers’ Association of Chile).[6]
Colombia May 15 This day marks the appointment of San Juan Bautista de la Salle as the patron of teachers. In 1950, Pope Pius XII granted his approval of La Salle as patron of teachers for championing the causes of modern education. The holy founder understood the education of children as the obligation of all. Usually the schools of his time (1651–1719) only accepted young people studying towards politics or diplomacy. Juan Bautista outlined the principles of free and universal education. That same year in Colombia, the President of the Republic declared that date as Teachers’ Day.
Costa Rica November 22
China September 10 In the People’s Republic of China (PRC), there are some activities for students to show their appreciation to teachers, such as presenting gifts, including cards and flowers. In addition, many former students will go back to their old middle schools and high schools to give presents to their old teachers.The government first proclaimed Teachers’ Day in 1985, but has never clearly explained why it should fall on September 10. Some people believe it was an arbitrary choice and have proposed to change it to September 28, which is believed to be Confucius‘s birthday. On Sep. 5, 2013, the State Council announced a legislative draft endorsing the change. If adopted, it would effectively make mainland China and Taiwan share the same Teachers’ Day beginning in 2014. Taiwan has observed September 28 as Teachers’ Day since the 1950s.[7]
Czech Republic March 28 The birthday of John Amos Comenius. Czech students nominate the teachers whose approach most motivates and inspires them to the competition Zlatý Ámos (Golden Amos). The coronation of “Golden Amos” take place yearly on March 28.[8][9]
Ecuador April 13 Celebrated on this date in honour of Juan Montalvo, an Ecuadorian teacher who planted the seeds of development in young minds.
Egypt February 28
El Salvador June 22 Observed as a national holiday.[10][11]
Estonia October 5 In Estonia last class students grant leave to teachers by conducting lessons themselves.
Germany October 5
Greece January 30 Derived from the Eastern Orthodox faith when the Three Holy Hierarchs and Ecumenical Teachers (Basil the GreatGregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom) are commemorated.
Guatemala June 25 A celebration in honour of the teacher Maria Chinchilla who died during a violent riot in protest against the government.
Honduras September 17 Celebration in honour of the life of José Trinidad Reyes
Hong Kong September 10[citation needed] Before the transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong in 1997, Teachers’ Day was on September 28. After the handover to the People’s Republic of China, the day was changed to September 10, which is when the PRC celebrates the holiday.[citation needed]
Hungary First Sunday of June
India September 5 The birthdate, [5 September 1888], of the second President of India, academic philosopher Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. It is considered a “celebration” day, where teachers and students report to school as usual but the usual activities and classes are replaced by activities of celebration, thanks and remembrance. At some schools on this day, the responsibility of teaching is taken up by the senior students to show appreciation for their teachers.in Tamilnadu , this day is called as “Aasiriyar Tinam”Another day set aside for commemorating teachers in India and Nepal is Guru Purnima, also called ‘Ashad sukla purnima’. It typically falls in mid-July.
Indonesia November 25 National Teachers’ Day is commemorated on the same day as the formation of the Indonesian Teachers’ Association, the PGRI. National Teachers’ Day is not a holiday, but it is celebrated by having a ceremonial activity in recognition of certain teachers, headmasters and other school staff.
Iran May 2 Commemorating the martyrdom of Abulhassan Khan’ali, a teacher who was shot dead in a meeting in front of National Parliament during the Mohammad Rezā Shāh era on May 2, 1961. Later the Islamic Republic government changed it to commemorate the martyrdom of Dr. Morteza Motahhari on May 2, 1979.
Israel 23 Kislev
Jamaica May 6 Teachers’ Day is normally celebrated on May 6 or the first Wednesday in May.[12] In celebration of Teachers’ Day, it is common for students and parents to bring teachers gifts. In addition, most schools are closed early (half-day).
Jordan February 28
Laos October 7
Latvia The first Sunday of October.[13] In fact, within schools, Teacher’s day is celebrated on 1st Friday of October. Usually, part of classes that date are canceled or conducted by elder grade pupil, while teachers are greeted.
Lebanon March 9 Between March 3 and March 9.
Libya February 28
Lithuania October 5 Between 1965 and 1994, the first Sunday of October. Since 1994, on October 5, to coincide with the World Teachers’ Day (est. 1994 by UNESCO).
Macedonia October 5
Malaysia May 16 This date was chosen because on the same day in 1956, the Federal Legislative Council of the Federation of Malaya endorsed the Razak Report, one of four reports of the Education Committee regarding education in Malaysia. The document, known as the Razak Report after Tun Abdul Razak who was Education Minister at the time, has been the basis of education in Malaysia ever since. Although it is not an official school holiday, celebrations are usually held on May 16, or earlier, if it falls on a Saturday or Sunday.
Maldives October 5 On October 5 Schools in Maldives celebrate teachers day with many activities, among them children and students will give parcels and gifts to teachers.
Mauritius October 5
Mexico May 15 On May 15 (known as Dia Del Maestro) schools in Mexico are supposed to stop normal activities and organize cultural events that promote the importance and dignity of the teachers’ role in society. In reality some schools operate as usual and others take the day off.The first Teacher’s Day was celebrated on May 15, 1918. The date of May 15 was proposed at the Mexican Congress on September 27, 1917, approved on October 29, 1917 and published on December 5, 1917. There are several possible origins for choosing this date. The first one mentions that in the city of San Luis Potosí every May 15, a group of students gathered to celebrate the birthday of their old teacher Isidore. This teacher was named after Saint Isidore the Laborer, following the Mexican tradition of naming children according the Saint celebrated the day they were born. The second origin considers the celebration of a historic event in the city of Querétaro on May 15, 1867.[14]
Republic of Moldova October 5
Mongolia First weekend of February
Morocco February 28
Nepal Full moon day of nepali month Ashad The full moon day is also called ‘Ashad sukla purnima’ and the day usually falls in mid-July. Teacher’s day is called “Guru Purnima” in Nepali, where “Guru” means teacher and “Purnima” means “Full Moon”. Celebrating “Guru Purnima” is very old tradition and it is related with ancient Hindu tradition. Among upper caste Hindus, the person who teaches “Mantras” during “Bratabandh ceremony” is considered as the real “Guru”.Students pay homage to the teachers, offer them foods and flowers and receive blessings from the teacher. “Gurudevo bhava” a Sanskrit phrase meaning “Be a person for whom the teacher is God” is still widely accepted. Teachers are given the highest degree of respect.
Netherlands October 5[15]
New Zealand October 29 In 2010 teachers were encouraged to march against recent cuts in government funding by marching in Auckland on Sunday 31st.
Oman February 28
Pakistan October 5 It recognizes the importance of teachers and attributes progress to the quality of teachers in Pakistan’s Educational System.
Panama December 1 To commemorate the birth date of Manuel José Hurtado, who is known as the father of Panamanian education due to his promotion of modern universal education through the establishment of the first public schools and teachers’ colleges in what is now known as Panama— then part of Colombia – aiming to break the vicious cycle of ignorance and poverty that afflicted the vast majority of the population. He went on to be named Director-General of Public Instruction of the State of the Isthmus.[16]
Paraguay April 30
Peru July 6 During the independence of Perulibertador don José de San Martín founded the first Normal School for Men by means of a resolution passed by Marquis of Torre-Tagle on July 6, 1822.Many years later, on 1953, the then president Manuel A. Odría decided that Teachers’ Day would be commemorated on the 6th of July.[17]
Philippines October 5 By Presidential Proclamation No. 479[18] to honour more than 500,000 teachers nationwide. However, in thePhilippines Teachers’ Day is actually celebrated in schools between the months of September and October (mainly elementary and secondary levels). Teachers are presented with orchid corsages by students. Groups of students representing various grade levels perform short skits or song and dance numbers, or read poetry for their teachers in front of fellow schoolmates in school-wide activities. These activities are planned by senior students in the Student Council who coordinate the activities well in advance. For Filipino-Chinese schools, a program is usually organized by students for teachers on September 27, while September 28, considered as the actual Teachers’ Day, is a school holiday where both teachers and students are allowed to rest. September 28 was chosen because it is known as the birthdate of famous Chinese philosopher Confucius.[19]
Poland October 14 This day is the anniversary of the creation of the Commission of National Education, created in 1773 through the initiative of King Stanisław August Poniatowski. Normally flowers and sweets will be given to teachers by kids. School play and activities can be also scheduled by student body.
Kuwait October 5
Qatar October 5
Russia October 5 Between 1965 and 1994, the first Sunday of October. Since 1994, on October 5, coincides with the World Teachers’ Day (est. 1994 by UNESCO).
Saudi Arabia February 28
Serbia October 5
Singapore First Friday of September An official school holiday. Celebrations are normally conducted the day before, where students usually get half a day off. In some schools, students will put on performances to entertain and honour their teachers.
Slovakia March 28 Commemorates the birthdate of John Amos Comenius.
South Korea May 15 since 1963 in Seoul and 1964 in Chunju City Originally it was started by a group of Red Cross youth team members who visited their sick ex-teachers in hospitals. At start its date was May 26. But from 1965, the date has changed to May 15, dated after Sejong the Great‘s birthday.[20] The national celebration ceremony was stopped between 1973 and 1982 but it resumed after that. On the day, teachers are usually presented with carnations by their students. Ex-students pay their respects to their former teachers by visiting them and giving them a carnation. Many schools now close on Teachers’ Day because of the rampant bribery implicit in the expensive gifts often given to teachers. Schools can use the day to have an outing for the teachers.
South Sudan December 1 (2011-12); October 1 (2013-) The president of South Sudan proclaimed Teacher’s Day for December 1st, one month before the country’s first Teacher’s Day. On September 1st, one month before the country’s third Teacher’s Day, it was publicly announced that they changed the date to October 1st.
Sri Lanka October 6 Its Officially the Teachers’ Day in Sri Lanka on 6 October, every school celebrate the special day. the teachers are Given with surprised gifts on that day by their students.
Spain January 29
Syria March 18[citation needed]
Taiwan September 28 Taiwan uses this day to honour teachers’ contributions to their own students and to society in general. People often make use of the day to express their gratitude to their teachers, such as paying them a visit or sending them a card. This date was chosen to commemorate the birth of Confucius, believed to be the model master educator in ancient China. In 1939, the Ministry of Education established the national holiday as August 27, the attributed birthday of Confucius.In 1952, the Executive Yuan changed it to September, stating that it was calculated to be the precise date in theGregorian calendar. The festival celebration occurs in the temples of Confucius around the island, known as the “Grand Ceremony Dedicated to Confucius” (祭孔大典). The ceremony begins at 6am with drum beats. 54 musicians are dressed in robes with blue belts, and 36 (or 64) dancers dressed in yellow with green belts. They are led by Confucius’s chief descendant (currently Kung Tsui-chang) and followed by ceremonial officers. Three animals: cow, goat and pig are sacrificed. The hairs plucked from these sacrificed animals are called the Hairs of Wisdom. In addition, local education institutes and civil offices award certain teachers for their excellence and positive influence.
Thailand January 16 Adopted as Teachers’ Day in Thailand by a resolution of the government on November 21, 1956. The first Teachers’ Day was held in 1957. January 16 marks the enactment of the Teachers Act, Buddhist Era 2488 (1945), which was published in the Government Gazette on January 16, 1945, and came into force 60 days later. Most Thai schools close for the day to give their teachers a break during the long second term. Many international schools do not, although they may hold celebrations to honour their teaching staff. There are very few public or official commemorations.
Tunisia February 28
Turkey November 24 Mustafa Kemal Atatürk thought and stated that “The new generation will be created by teachers.” . Atatürk was also considered as the Prime Teacher (TurkishBaşöğretmen), because he adopted a new alphabet for the newly founded Turkish Republic in 1923.
Ukraine The first Sunday of October At schools across the country, Teacher’s Day is celebrated the Friday before the holiday with “concerts” and gatherings, while students usually give their teachers gifts such as flowers and chocolate. On the holiday itself, many teachers celebrate with their families and friends at home or at restaurants or cafes.
United Arab Emirates February 28
United Kingdom October 5
United States National Teacher Day is on Tuesday during Teacher Appreciation Week, which takes place in the first full week of May (May 6, 2014) Students often show appreciation for their teachers with gifts or writing thank you cards. The National Education Association describes National Teacher Day as “a day for honouring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives”.[21]The NEA gives a history of National Teacher Day:[21] The origins of Teacher Day are murky. Around 1944 Wisconsin teacher Ryan Krug began corresponding with political and education leaders about the need for a national day to honour teachers. Woodbridge wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt who in 1953 persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim a National Teacher Day. NEA along with its Kansas and Indiana state affiliates and the Dodge City (Kan. ) local lobbied Congress to create a national day celebrating teachers. Congress declared March 7, 1980, as National Teacher Day for that year only. NEA and its affiliates continued to observe Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985, when the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May. The NEA Representative Assembly then voted to make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher Day.As of September 7, 1976, September 11 was also adopted as Teachers’ Day in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. Currently, Massachusetts sets the first Sunday of June as its own Teachers’ Day, annually.
Uzbekistan October 1
Vietnam November 20 This holiday allows students to express their respect to their teacher. Students begin preparing a week in advance, and many classes usually prepare literature and art to welcome Teachers’ Day, while other students prepare foods and flowers for the parties held at their schools. Students usually visit their teachers at their homes to offer flowers and small gifts, or organize trips with their teachers and classmates. Former students also pay respect to their former teachers on this day. The holiday has its origins in a meeting between educators incommunist bloc nations in Warsaw in 1957. It was first celebrated in 1958 as the Day of the International Manifest of Educators; in 1982 the day was renamed Vietnamese Educators’ Day.
Venezuela January 15 On this day there are no classes and during the week all the teachers are honoured for their support in building the country.
Yemen February 28

(source: wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teachers’_Day))

How to become an outstanding student

If you have children who are now studying in primary/elementary school, you can share these helpful tips with them. This also goes to Ethan, Sofie and Zack, two years from now.

I hope my children won't reason our economy :-) source: zenmischief.blogspot.com

“you can’t use this reason Zack, someone used it already”   source: zenmischief.blogspot.com


Do you want to be an outstanding student in school? I know it takes an effort on your part, but it’ll definitely be worth it. You’ll make your parents proud and you’ll be a joy in every teacher’s class. Who wouldn’t want that?

all that grump source:boudreau.deviantart.com

no, don’t want a grump in my class  source:boudreau.deviantart.com


  1. Inattentive pupil. Grumpy classmate. Lazy and an uncooperative group mate. Nobody wants that kind of kid around. An enthusiastic student leaves a good impression to teachers and classmates alike. Participate in class discussions, suggest ideas but don’t complicate things too much. Accept criticisms, be ready to any and take it constructively. Be positive all the time. Support the suggestions of others if it seemed achievable to you, but don’t claim an idea that is not yours. Just keep going and keep a positive attitude. In that way, most of your classmates will love to have you in their group and who knows, they might appoint you as their group leader.

    source: www.clipartguide.com

    He is the male version of neneng mamaya na.    source: www.clipartguide.com

  1. Be neat all the time. From your hygiene, to your school uniform, down to your school projects, being tidy reflects how orderly you are. If you want to have more friends, don’t be a walking ball of booger.
  2. Make a list of to do’s while waiting for your bus ride going home. These are reminders on what assignment you should do which classmate to call, and what books/materials you should bring for the following day. It will save you time and effort. Start to rely on yourself, be resourceful, but if you need your mom’s help, just show the lists to her. I’m sure she’ll be happy to help you.

    I once fell asleep in my math class. I woke up when I heard my classmates laughing at me. source:hrsbstaff.ednet.ns.ca

    I once fell asleep in my math class in high school. I woke up when I heard my classmates laughing at me. It was embarrassing.  source:hrsbstaff.ednet.ns.ca

  3. Please have enough sleep. How true that having seven hours of sleep is enough? Not yet enough for kids like you. Sleep as early and as long as you can. Sleep is food for the brain. If you are deprived of having enough sleep, you are not sharpening your memory, your concentration and your learning abilities too, will suffer. You can’t stay focus. You’ll have a lower IQ and test results in school. Do you want that?

    that's more like it  source: www.123rf.com

    that’s more like it
    source: www.123rf.com

  4. Read and study in advance, most especially during the holidays. It is nice to study in a relaxing mood. Most likely, you’ll absorb the things that you’ve read when you are not cramming. You remember your friend’s facebook status yesterday, right? It’s because you are less tense when you were reading it.

    ooops wrong photo. anyways, source: geek-news.mtv.com

    ooops sorry wrong photo. anyways, source: geek-news.mtv.com

  5. Eat a proper  diet. Eat fresh, three times a day and on time. Remember to drink lots of water!  You know that already. But aside from that, I would like to share with you a brain boosting snack my mom used to give me during the exam week. Nuts. Nuts are great source of Vitamin E, which help sharpen your memory and comprehension.

If you practice these simple tips, you’ll find it a lot easier to study year after year, until you finish college. (wink)

20 Simple Holiday Activities for Moms and Kids

We had a little too much of our holiday, we laze away – pretty much the exact definition of our holiday. It’s Friday and we have two more days left before the school re opens. Yay. Just two more days. Have you made plans for your weekend yet? Plan it now and make it as enjoyable as you can. I have listed 20  SIMPLE HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES FOR MOMS AND KIDS. Come on, do at least three for your kids. Don’t be a buzz kill 🙂

  1. Start your weekend with a morning jog with your children. You gotta get those lazy bones moving again!
  2. Mini-DIYs – I miss making mini projects with my little ones. Maybe we’ll make a hand puppet this time. If it’s not your thing, most kids are currently hooked on loom bands!

    Loom bands driving 'em crazy  credit source: www.mamamia.com.au

    Loom bands driving ’em crazy
    credit source: www.mamamia.com.au

  3. Record their height and weight – It’s the middle of the year, time to measure how much they’ve grown.

    They grow so fast, don't they? Check their height while you still can.

    They grow up so fast, don’t they? Check their height while you still can.

  4. Take them to the market. Yup, the wet and dry market. Show them around and introduce to them your favorite shops.
  5. Take them to the park and spread a picnic mat. Read them some books and blow some bubbles.
  6. Visit the beach and build a sand castle with your cute minions!
  7. Take them to the movie house.

    How To Train Your Dragon 2, have you watched it yet?

    How To Train Your Dragon 2, have you watched it yet?

  8. Treat them for some ice cream

    Ice cream pacifies them. Then back to being non-stop again.

    Ice cream pacifies them. Then back to being non-stop again.

  9. Videoke/Karaoke versions of most songs are now available on YouTube. Play Frozen’s “Let it go.” No child can resist that song! Evah.

    Thanks to my children, I now know every word of this song. Frozen videoke taken from you tube videos

    Thanks to my children, I now know every word of this song. source: YouTube videos

  10. When was the last time you draw/paint something for your child? Try to be a Picasso this time. Make your child sit still and draw a funny portrait of him. I’m sure both of you will have a good laugh when the portrait is done.
  11. Make a pizza together.
  12. Allow them to invite a friend over for a play date.
  13. Or a slumber party perhaps?
  14. Watch your very own home videos. Watch how your kids react when they see themselves in the tv.
  15. Playing some video/online games with your boys will never be boring. Play with them and show them how cool their mom is.

    me and my boy

    Me and my boy

  16. I remembered mom taught my kids “tumbang-preso” “luksong-baka” “patintero” some of our country’s favorite street game. So yeah, why not play these games (from back home) with them?
  17. If it’s not your thing, how about a hoola-hoop challenge?
  18. Or take them to the Timezone! Give them a carousel ride or play bowling with them.

    enjoying the carousel ride with grandma

    Carousel ride. Happiness.

  19. Just sit with your children on a bench outside and relax. Enjoy the fresh air. Play a 10-minute-silence game. See who among your children will talk first.
  20. Turn the lights off, open the tv and play your favorite dance music on You Tube. Dance like crazy!

And most of all, give them some hugs-and-kisses-filled holiday!

Teaching your children how to read: starting with ‘AT’ sound

Please click to watch the video


What is your method in teaching your child how to read?

Was he a graduate of the “Brainy Baby” learning dvds,

or was self-taught, often seen playing a reading application in your iPAD,

or was an avid fan of the “Word World” episodes in Disney Junior during his toddler years?

My children were all of the above.

Apart from these modern teaching aids, I thought that it would be great if my children would remember me as the one who first taught them how to read. And so I said to myself, instead of giving them toys and SGDs, why not pamper them with ABCs and 123s? All of them can read now and I was proud of what I have accomplished.

Credit goes to Ms. Neo of PCF Tampines East 261 for honing Ethan’s reading skills. I’ve learned a tip from her school which I would like to share with you.

  1. Teach them the vowel sounds first (A E I O U)
  2. Teach them the consonant sounds (B C D F G H J K L M N P Q R S T V W X Y Z)
  3. (here’s her tip:) Now if he already mastered all the sound in the alphabet, teach him the “AT” reading technique
  4. When he already can identify the “AT” sound, try to make him read a few three letter words that ends with “AT”

Here are my examples-






Please click here to watch Zack’s video of the  “AT” reading technique

Practice this tried and tested tip with your child. He will find reading a lot more easier. And by the time he mastered reading the “AT” combinations, he won’t be afraid to try reading the other sound combinations.

When your child can already read at a normal phase, encourage him to read a book, guide him if you have time, read along with him and play word games with him.

Here are some activities during the YUMIN Primary School’s reading carnival that you might want to try and improvise at home –

word games courtesy of CIVICA

word games courtesy of CIVICA @ Yumin Primary School


Ethan with Danica, playing one of the word games courtesy of CIVICA

Ethan with Danica, playing one of the word games courtesy of CIVICA @ Yumin Primary School


Here’s our own version of word hunt, I made use of an old paper with grid and write down some letters in each boxes-  (words and names)

word games - one of the ways to ease their boredom during the rainy days

one of the ways to ease their boredom during the rainy days


I was often told by my mom that “if a child loves reading, half of the battle has already won.” That’s true. It makes learning easier if your child loves to read.

And one more thing:

Thousands of teaching aids are now available everywhere.

Let’s make use of it.

How about you, do you have any reading tips that you what to share with us? We appreciate your comment!

This article was inspired by the Reading Carnival program sponsored annually by Yumin Primary School facilitated by CIVICA Library Solutions and Yumin’s Parents-Partners group.

Holiday Activities For Kids : 3 Fun Art Activities


Art is the universal form of self-expression.
And what makes it unique for children is the multi-sensory experience it provides.
It enhances brain activities (such as understanding and interpretation; creativity and imagination) while exercising their fine motor skills.
It also help develop self-esteem, self-motivation, self discipline and cooperation.

This holiday, you can either enroll your child to an art class, or be his own art teacher.
While they’re still young, instill in them the love for art through fun art activities at home. Create a masterpiece together while enjoying each others’ company. This is a good opportunity to know your child better. There’s no right or wrong when it comes to art, just teach them the proper way of handling art materials and they’re good to go. 🙂

Children's bendaroo activity
My children during our own art class at home

Sofie's makeshift slippers and guitar
She’s our budding artist!

smorgasborg of fun activities
I was out of paper once, I was out of paper twice, I was out of paper many, many times!
Aaw, but it’s okay 🙂

We were making a sculpture… and my son came up with this …

Ethan's beyblade
A cute beyblade!

Children just love to draw and dedicate some of their artworks to their parents…
sofia's drawing for mom

How about… drawing something for them in return? 🙂
Fluttershy by dad

Holiday Activities For Kids: 2 Play A Musical Instrument

learn to play a musical instrument

Let your child enjoy the wonders of music – pressure free. Let him have fun with the sounds that he can make using a simple musical instrument- it’s a first step in discovering his potential in music. They say that it enhances a child’s memory, so if you have a forgetful child, you know exactly what to do 🙂 Ask him what kind of musical instrument he wants to play- you can suggest but please, do not insist, his interest in playing music will fade in seconds. Don’t forget to join the fun , your child will be more inspired if mommy and daddy play along or sing along with him.

Holiday Activities For Kids: 1 Build Your Own Fort / Hideaway / Clubhouse

I know, I know, it’s an addition to some of the loads that we have to do at home, most especially to SAHMs, but kids are kids, we keep ’em busy or they’ll drive us crazy! And besides… if you haven’t done any of these things yet, it’s your chance to have fun too! Let’s start with…

1 Building a Fort


What makes it epic?  It’s your child’s own special place. Get a big cardboard box and make a window cut-out… just as simple as that. Encourage your child to help you with the “design,” it exercises his creativity. Whenever you have time, you can try playing “pretend” with him. Or ask some of his playmates to come over. Imagine the box as a store, a hospital , a clubhouse (be sure to have a secret password too, which adds up to the excitement) or even a tower! I’m sure your kiddo will remember how fun you were as a parent!

How about you, have you tried building a fort with your child? I’m sure he’ll loved it! 🙂

A Graduation Tribute

Today marks the end of the schoolyear 2013 here in Singapore.
Ethan graduated from his preschool class a few days ago, his dad and I were very proud of what he had accomplished.
Last Friday he happily bid goodbye to his teachers and friends, I could tell from the look on his face a mix of emotions…

Here’s a video clip that Ethan and I put together especially dedicated to his teachers  who had been  with him in  his journey. Please watch.

And to the teachers of our son,

We would like to give our sincerest thanks for all the nurturing and support that had been given to our child. It was a wonderful experience and we are very happy to witness this great adventure. We don’t want to think that it is “just” preschool. It’s not. You’re one of the most important foundation who have helped Ethan a whole lot. Aside from helping him hone his skills,  you were also a contribution to Ethan’s well-being. You too, are the investors to his future, you helped him become a better person. And with all these, we are truly grateful.

Ethan’s Mom and Dad

credits to:
Mrs. Chan
Mrs. Irwan
Madam Huda
Madam Amir
Ms. Koh
Ms. Neo
Madam Linda Jamil
Liang 老师
Madam Ng
Madam Ng
Ms. Pia Pajarillo

Not in the video: Madam Nur and Ang 老师

Kangaroo Jane is back!

In Sofie’s kindergarten class, they have an ongoing “write a story” project in which they will bring home a toy from school and spend some time with it for a couple of days.

Sofie with Sidrah

They compile their stories in a book called “The Adventures of Kangaroo Jane.”This allows each child an opportunity to hone their creative thinking skills in storymaking.

Sofie’s classmates excitedly took turns in bringing home Kangaroo Jane and sharing their adventures to their class the following day. It was such a unique class project!

Here’s a nice story from Sidrah Anwar, Sofie’s dear friend and classmate…


One day I was playing in the playground with my brother.

a new found friend

I saw a little kangaroo sitting on a bench. She is looking very sad. Her name is Jane. I asked her, “Jane, why are you lonely?”

“I got lost and now I am alone!” she replied.

I brought Jane home, changed her clothes and had dinner with her. She was very happy…

“Now it’s time to hop and go!” Jane exclaimed.

“Noooo! Stay with me for a little while, I will help you go home!” I promised Jane.

And so we had a little slumber party, it was fun!

our little slumber party

We ate cupcakes and marshmallows dipped in chocolate syrup.

“So yummy!” Jane said… “I hate to go… but thank you for being my friend.”

My family brought Kangaroo Jane back to the playground and there, we met her parents looking for her.

We parted ways happy and a little sad.

The next day, I went to school and told my classmates my adventure. And then I heard a familiar voice coming from the corner of the room.

Sidrah with Kangaroo Jane

“I also want to go to school with you!”

I rushed quickly and found my new classmate, Kangaroo Jane!

Kangaroo Jane is back! It was a happy day for everybody.


How about you, do you still remember how you played “pretend” with your stuffed animal friends back when you were young?


Kangaroo Jane and the big watermelon

She finally ate dinner!“My classmates laughed at me when I told them the title of my story…” Sofie told me eagerly . “They said it was so funny, I also made them laugh with my Kangaroo ears!”

Last week, my five-year-old daughter brought home a toy from her K1 class. Her assignment was to create a story involving Kangaroo Jane (the stuffed animal’s name), and show it to the class the following day.  She made up her story on her own and here’s how her story goes…



This is the story of Kangaroo Jane and the big watermelon. Kangaroo Jane with Mommy Sofie


One day Kangaroo Jane told her mommy that she’s hungry.


And so, her mother cooked nice food for her.


But Kangaroo Jane didn’t want to eat.


She wants a watermelon instead.


“But Jane, you need to eat what’s on the table” “That is all we have!” said Kangaroo Jane’s mommy.


Kangaroo Jane followed her mom, and her mother felt so happy because Jane is an obedient Kangaroo.


Jane felt happy too!


That night, Jane’s dad went home for dinner.


And do you know what her daddy brought her?  Kangaroo Jane and her watermelon


The biggest watermelon a baby Kangaroo ever saw!


She was so happy that night.


She said to herself,”…they gave me watermelon because I followed mom. I am a good kangaroo!”

Kangaroo Jane with mommy sleeping happily ever after

And Kangaroo Jane slept with a smile on her face.


And then, she sleep happily ever after. The End.

The “improvised twister”

my children playing our improvised body twister gameIt’s a weeklong term break for students here in Singapore, and we have planned a set of fun activities for my energetic pre-schoolers.

Here’s our first project: our own version of the phenomenal BODY TWISTER GAME

(For those who are still not familiar with this game, check out->http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twister_(game))

This game requires physical skill, which I think, suitable for active kids like Ethan, Sofie and Zack.

materialsAside from your little assistant/s by your side, you will also need:

A mahjong paper, manila paper or a white cartolina

A medium-sized plate



our improvised twister mat


1. On a large paper, draw your desired number of circles in rows, using a medium-sized plate as a guide. The bigger the paper, the better for  kids to move around.

2. Remind your children to properly draw the circles on the mat, ask them to choose their favorite  shade, and color the circles away. Give them the freedom whichever circle they would like to color. You can also apply pattern coloring to reinforce your children’s logical thinking skills.

our improvised twister matour improvised twister mat








Now that your own version of twister mat is done, you may also improvise your own game mechanics. To determine which body part touches what color, here are my suggestions:

  • Draw lots
  • Drop the coin technique (drop the coin on the mat, to determine what color to touch)
  • Or you may use your quick thinking skills to direct your children what to do

my children playing our improvised body twister game

You can also think of a much more creative technique for this   game… Try adding fun and excitement by playing some background music or by adding obstacles on your twister mat (e.g. cover the circles with table napkins; blindfold the players; etc…)


We tried this at home with my children and their friends… the children can’t stop laughing!

Have fun playing with your kids!