Monday, December 31, 2018

Goodbye 2018! Hello 2019!

Following a year of changes in 2017, 2018 seems busy but slightly more grounded.



I stopped breastfeeding in May and I finally got back some extra 3 hours! I surely don't miss 4 times of 30 mins pump + 15 mins of preparation and washing. It makes lots of difference. I had yet another new boss in July but thankfully; things settled down pretty well and fast. Work was busy and challenging with more responsibilities and learning. I'm thankful for supportive colleagues to make my work day brighter!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Marriott Vacation Club Mai Khao - Phuket

How nostalgic it was to be back to the resort we stayed at for our babymoon with the 2 girls! We first visited Marriott Vacation Mai Khao - Phuket when I was just 2 months pregnant with Emmalyn. We had the whole spacious 2 bedroom apartment to just the 2 of us. It was a great retreat for both of us before we jumped into the parenthood!



Now with 2 little ones in tow, holidays are total different experiences - greater joy and countless surprises with much more tiredness and body aches. That’s why pampering and restful stays on holidays are always welcomed!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Phuket Fantasea - A Cultural Theme Park!

A live performance show, a animal park, amusement park, a parade, a photoshoot studio and gift shops with grand buffet restaurants. I can’t figure out what Phuket Fantasea was until we truly experience it ourselves.



Till today, the Phuket Fantasea theme song still rings in our heads! Emma enjoyed the place so much that she asked if we could visit the place once again! She even wanted to recommend the place to her friend who’s heading there soon. How mesmerizing it is!

It was a pity to miss the festival village when we visited due to rain. Thankfully, the park was very well sheltered and we still managed to enjoy the park. We spent 4.5 hrs there including 75 mins show and buffet dinner; and still didn’t have enough of it. It was no doubt an unforgettable experience, especially for Emma! We just had to visit it again to experience the cultural theme park fully!

Phuket Fantasea is a cultural theme park like no others! While it’s a theme park, it has no thrilling rides and only opens from the late afternoon. I love how it brings about so many unique experiences in just a few short hours. I would say it’s a one-stop tourist destination at Phuket! The theme park is extremely well maintained even though it has operated for close to 20 years!

1. Grand entrance


After an hour of mini bus ride in the rain and feeling sleepy, we were excited by the grand yet bustling sight of Phuket Fantasea. The Golden Elephant Cavern (ticketing office) and the Magic Fountain made the perfect welcome!

 
 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Emma's progress with Morris Allen English Enrichment

Books, small tables and chairs.


To my surprise, the classrooms at Morris Allen looks like a mini library more than anything. I was expecting a classroom with just table and whiteboards since it’s a English enrichment class. But, I’m glad that the class is more fun than I could imagine.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Emmalyn's journey with Aureus Academy

Hubby: “singing class?”
Ashlyn: “hmmm, ok, but she already has choir at church”
Ashlyn: “what about piano?”
Hubby: “don’t want la, we need a piano at home”
Emma: “piano like quite boring”
Ashlyn: “violin, guitar or ukulele? Emma, do you want to learn violin, guitar or ukulele?”
Emma: shake head. “I just want to learn ballet”.
Hubby: “Don’t want (volin, drum or guitar). Drum? I show you!”
Emma (after watching a drum clip): hmm, ok!
Ashlyn: Really drum ah? Or what about learn piano?
Emma: yup!

And so, that’s how we end up having a budding princess drummer who wants to be dainty princess ballerina yet hippy and cool drumming. Ballet is definitely her first love but music is always good for the children and she only said yes to drum.


Saturday, September 15, 2018

Kuno Method - Interview with Teacher Shenlynn

Emma picked up some animals cards and shouted out, "Let's play a game!". It's not a game cards, but she just came up with a game herself. "Let's see who has the bigger number, the one with the biggest number win". There are 3 numbers on each card, and she read out the largest number of all. It followed by us reading out the largest number of my card before she announced the winner among us. To some, it seems like a silly game and she didn't nail the right largest number all the time but I saw her creativity, understanding of the concepts of comparison and numbers as well as her ability to express ideas.

Games, puzzles, story telling, dialogues and worksheets are just a few activities out of many in Emma's Kuno Method classes. They are fun, interactive and integrated! It's not difficult to understand why Emma has been enjoying Kuno Method classes over the last 7 months. 

Using a structured concept-based curriculum and experiential learning method, Kuno Method helps Emma to acquire logical & lateral thinking. With a strong thinking skill and understanding of the basic concepts, it encourages the children to engage in independent learning. 

Kuno Method focuses on 6 keys basic concepts - (1) Comparison, order and measurement, (2) Numbers and operations, (3) Spatial recognition, (4) Geometry, (5) Language and effective communication and (6) Other essential life skills. Introducing these concepts help to build a strong foundation for learning. It has certainly sparks the Emma's natural curiosity in and awareness of the of the concept learnt. I observed that she sometimes draw connections between the lessons and what she sees/experiences in everyday life subconsciously.

I'm really loving how Kuno Method builds foundation for learning especially when the preschoolers are at the peak of their development! And, it surely takes a teacher with the same belief to run the class. With much curiosity, I interviewed Emma's teacher, Shenlynn, to find out more about her teaching journey and what she thinks about learning.



Monday, September 3, 2018

Kids World 2018 - Asia's Largest Parenting Fair

I've been to baby fair, been to kids fair but it was my first time to visit a kids and baby fair!
 
 
Kids World 2018 brought both kids and baby brands together under one roof, and it's so convenient for me! I dropped by twice on 11 & 12 Aug and we didn't cover all. The only regret was I couldn't spend more time over there as it was Emma's birthday party on 11 Aug!
 
Honestly, I totally underestimated what Kids World could offer. Trial classes, workshops, booth games, stage performances, fun games, food samples and great deals! I'm already missing it and looking forward to the next one!
 
There are stuffs for both Emmalyn and Avalyn. First thing that caught Emma was bouncing castles! J Kids Amusement was there and she had so much fun playing the castles and rides. She also tried Diggersite and love it so much. She even went up to the stage for games. There are so much samples from vendors like Vitagen and Loacker for Emma to try. Besides all the play activities, there are also many trial classes. Basic Shaolin Martial Arts, Aikido and Kindermusik Trial classes at cost as low as $5 per session. Avalyn had fun with the Kindermusik and snacked so much on Kiddylicious healthy snack. Motherswork and Mothercare were there too! There are also booths for health related products like PNkids, Hao Yi Kang, Brunch Monster, Suu balm and Elgydium.
 
It's my great pleasure to be able to collaborate with Kids World this year and share highlights about the fair! They are really sweet to include a feature of our family along with 6 other lovely Mummy influencers in their magazine!