Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Emma's P1 Registration!

9 July - it was finally the day for us to register for Emma's primary school! After dropping Avalyn at the childcare, we headed to Hubby's old school to register Emma at his school under Phase 2A1.

Hoping to involve Emma in the process and let her check out the school, we brought her along even though it's not required. She didn't exactly know what to expect, but she was excited as we passed by the school regularly, talked and prayed for her primary school. We were the 29th parents to register at around 9am and it took us less than 30 mins. The registration process includes filling up the registration form, checking of document and the registration. The school officer explained that the result would be out on 12 July but we can check on the MOE website for updates at night. If there are lesser applicants than vacancies, we are in! If not, applicants outside 1km would need to ballot to get in.

After the registration, we had a quick breakfast at the school canteen and explored the main areas. Being my first time there, I felt comfortable there. The school isn't a new, but is well maintained. It has a rich history yet gives very humble and solid grounded feel. Emma observed the surrounding and watched the big sisters & brothers intensely. I could sense a tiny tinge of uncertainty in her. I told her about buddy and assured her that she will be familiar with the school in no time!

We then took the opportunity to spend the rest of the morning having some undivided time with Emma before catching up with my mother and brother. I asked if she prefer to spend time with us alone or together with Avalyn, and her answer was no surprise. I'm glad that she's happy to be us and Avalyn. When picking a toy, she didn't forget Avalyn and also picked one for her. Avalyn was so thrilled to receive it when we picked her up! So thankful for this pair of sweet sisters!

When 8pm ticked, I quickly checked the MOE website for the application updates. Yay! Thank God! There are lesser applicants than the allocated vacancies for our phase! So, Emma is in! It was a great relief, hopefully there is no system error or whatsoever! There will be an confirmation SMS on Friday. Emma clapped as I shared the good news with her!

My prayer over the last month for Emma was to let her get into the primary school that she will be happy and grow well (not just academically) in. So, whether it's Hubby's old school or else where (which we haven't decide), it's all in God's hands.

Now that we are in, I give thanks for God's blessing and pray that Emma will enjoy her primary school journey! The days ahead will no doubt be more challenging for all of us and I pray for extra wisdom and strength to cope with whatever coming ahead!

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Emma's 1st drum recital at Aureus Academy

It was a proud parent moment! After 10.5 months of drum lessons, Emma had her first drum recital! She drummed to "Fight Song" in front of a group of around 30 parents and children.

I know it was silly but my heart pumped faster as the emcee called out her name. I felt that I was the one walking forward to perform in front of the crowd. It didn't help to have the room dark and spotlight on. Hubby walked her halfway to the front and went to the dedicated spot for parent to take video. Avalyn and I watched her played by the side as I anchored my gadgets to capture the precious moment. 

She looked calm and displayed a silent confidence as she sat herself down at the drum set. With Mr Putera by her side, Emma drummed her way with her hot pink drum sticks. As she hit the last beat, everyone clapped. We were glad that it went well. In fact, all the children, aged from 5 years old to 12 years, drummed well too!

Teacher Putera had indeed taught the children well. From one who can't drum, Emma could now read the scores and drum the beats. There were some children who drum solo, some who drum without scores, some who drum impressive beats and some who drum more passionately than others. But, I see Teacher Putera giving the same encouragement and support to the children. I'm so thankful to his dedication and patience in his teaching.

Another person that I need to give credit to would be Hubby! Besides being the one who sent her to lessons, he also spent many nights practising with Emma before the recital. Honestly, it wasn't without any whines, cries and rewards since we hardly practise on usual days. Emma would very much prefer to play than practice and we hardly practise outside lessons. However, which children enjoy doing repetitive stuff?

After the recital, we asked Emma how she felt. She wasn't sure but she seems to feel good about performing. She was also happy to get a toy as her reward after the recital! Hubby and I both thought that it's very useful to have recital as the students get to put what they have learnt to test and watch others children drum. It's motivating to see other children performing especially when their classes are conducted one on one. Overall, it has been a very fruitful journey so far! Thanks Aureus Academy!

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Enjoying music with Sudio TOLV!

Wireless earbuds and up to 35hrs of playtime! I'm sold when I found out how much Sudio TOLV could offer. 

I thought Niva Bla and Sudio NIVA were amazing enough, but TOLV is even more impressive! It has double the playtime of 35hrs and each earbud only weighs 4.5g. I love that it has a portable charging case! It's totally made for people like me who sometimes forget to charge gadgets!

As the second truly wireless model in Sudio collection, I can't rave enough on the enhanced sound clarity. I love how it cancel out the noises outside and brings about a very immerse listening experience! 

I'm not the most techy girl but I managed to pair it without Hubby's help! It has automatic pairing between earbuds and device; and the music and phone calls can be easily controlled with just a button (double click on right to move forward and left for previous) . In addition, both earbuds each has a microphone so it makes answering calls hassle free!

It's definitely a useful gadget for many who are always on the go! 

Check out more on https://www.sudio.com/sg/earphones-collection and quote "ashlynthiaTolv" for 15% discount! Discount code valid till 31 July. You can also get a free Sudio tote bag with every earphones/headphones purchase from Sudio.com.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Keepsake by Ryo: Keeping memories with handmade breastmilk charm and jewellery!

12 months after I stopped breastfeeding, I still have a tidy stash of frozen milk left in my freezer. I don't know why I keep them but can't bear to discard them. Perhaps, I just want something to hold on to after a total of 27 months of breastfeeding both girls.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Happy 2nd Birthday, Avalyn!

Dear Avalyn

Happy 2nd Birthday!

Over the last 12 months, you've grown so much! You started wobbling when you turned 1 year old and now you are such a confident walker! You gave us heart attack when you climbed up the high platform bed steps on fours at 13 months old. Now, you climb up and slide down the indoor playground gym like a big girl! Yes, you went down very high slide at Waka Waka Indoor Playground all by yourself when you are just 21 months. Recently, you like to walk up and down the steps by yourself while holding to the handrails. You also started running and we love how hard you swing your arms even though you aren't really running very quickly. You shake, turn around, spin and jump (bounce). Though you are very active, you are mostly happy to stay in the carrier when we have long walk. Phew! It is hard to carry you in my arms for long.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Emma's journey at Fun with Abacus

Mama: Emma, how's your abacus class?
Emma: Good! 
Mama: Good! Next time, you can count properly. 
Emma: No, count fast!

It was just her first lesson and she somehow understood why she's learning abacus. When we were there at trial class, Teacher joy shown her how fast the children at Fun with Abacus could do their calculations. They were even much faster than one could press the calculator. She was impressed. How did they do it? They used mental calculations. After mastering abacus, the children actually move on to learn mental calculations. How cool!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Emma's ballet journey!

Emma had her first ballet examination last week! 

She was exceptionally excited to dress up in her ballet outfit because she had to tie a neat bun. I watched a YouTube video and it seemed easy. Ended up, it took me 3 tries to tie it nicely before doing a quick practice (& mini photoshoot of course) at home huh! She looked so different without her fringe down and has little ballerina aura!