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Art Class 5

Posted by Everyday Healy on October 22, 2009

We just came back from the Art Class.ย  2 hours ago…

Mummy:” Liz, come! Let’s go art class.”

Liz:”No… I don’t want to go.” Then, she just keep shaking her head when mummy asked her “why” again and again. No answer given. So how? give up?

Mummy:”Is it because you don’t like coloring? How about we ask teacher to let you do cut and paste this time?”

Liz:” Yes!”ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰

So this is it. No more coloring. It ‘s art and craft and some drawing this time. More materials, paying more fees too, but less hands on. As long as little Elizabeth enjoys it, so be it!ย  :)

Anyway, mummy is still observing. We will try for another 2 months, ok? If you really don’t like art that much, then we can stop the class as you wish.ย  Mummy just want you to know that I will be glad if you can live your life. And, it’s good that you actually know what you want.


My Favourite Large Print

Posted by Everyday Healy on October 21, 2009

Mummy has to read all these 5 books every night now. Mummy like them because they are in large print which suits little ones. Baby like them because they have nice and colorful pictures. :)

And, there are 3 more in the series which mummy will buy for little Elizabeth once I see them in MPH. Be patient, baby. They are out of stock now.ย  :)

Gosh! Mummy should buy gold or rare silver coins. That’s money — a real precious. Somehow, mummy is more than willing to buy more books. They might have no investment value, but they are definitely precious to my little princess.ย  And, the sweet memories of reading together with little Elizabeth are definitely something money can’t buy. :)


Art Class Lesson 3 & 4

Posted by Everyday Healy on October 14, 2009

Yesterday, it’s art class again.

Gosh! Dinosaur for girl? What to do, that’s her own request. She told teacher she wanted Dinosaur. So be it. but, this is last week’s work. Teacher drew and outlined for her. And, she said she wanted green. So teacher give her about 14 different shades of green. As she must keep on changing crayons (The consequences of high curiosity and less patient I guess). But, she did it! She colored the whole picture. Amazing! Frankly, mummy was so impressed! Well done, baby! ๐Ÿ˜‰

And, this is yesterday’s work. Two dancing hearts. Again, teacher drew it for her. She colored. Like last week it’s crayon for objects, water color for the background. The choice of colors were so colorful. Really got the dancing mood aye? Mummy like it so much. Teacher said she is kind of a little Picasso. She loves to play with many colors in one object. Should be favoring abstract styles. Wow! Sounds so professional.

Yeah… “It is unique” — the teacher commented. But, this type of child can have very stubborn character. So, it’s just like all the other teachers from school used to comment on Elizabeth, “She knows what she wants”. :(


Art Class Lesson 2

Posted by Everyday Healy on October 2, 2009

You were rubbing the colors on the paper instead of dabbing it. And, “face”! You used magic pens to draw 2 faces at the corners. So, where is the body? Hehe……

You were grumbling too. You insisted that you want to draw a big dinosaur. So, teacher drew many little dinosaurs for you. And, promised that you will have big dinosaurs to color next week. ๐Ÿ˜›

Also, thanks for the many little dinosaurs and the little chick. So do the big bird and flowers. It’s more of your art teacher’s work this time.You are very happy though. Thank you so much to your art teacher.

And, may be you can do a favor for her. Stop bordering her on taking you to wash your hands all the time. I am sure she will appreciates it so much. Hahahaha…… (I will blog the full story about this seperately tomorrow. To be continue……)


Happy 33 months

Posted by Everyday Healy on September 6, 2009

Time flies. Little Elizabeth already entered her 33 months since yesterday. Thinking about her progress. Mummy practically start “feeding” her encyclopedia.

This is her first animal encyclopedia. ๐Ÿ˜›

And, mummy is glad that I found her simple books about signs and flags.

Mummy:” Remember mummy told you about Pyramid? You will see a lot of Pyramid if you were in Egypt.”

Liz:”Mummy… she wants to go to China. Mummy … she wants to go to India. Mummy… she wants toย  go to Egypt. She wants to go to Japan.”

Daddy:”We can go to Japan together. As mummy and daddy still not yet visited Japan.”

Mummy:” Ya. And, Japan got Disneyland too.” This appeared to be very encouraging for little Elizabeth. As she always said she wants to go to Hong Kong Disneyland.

Mummy is glad that little Elizabeth actually understands the fun of traveling. And, just the pictures of flags actually lead us all to wonderland. Feels great when everyone in the family sharing the same interest, having fun discussing about what we are going to do together.

Unless mummy has time to bring her to so many places, otherwise internet should be the best tool to help this little girl to know more about the cultures and things around the world. Well, hope mummy had made enough effort in expanding your exposure and making your life interesting. Happy 33 months! ๐Ÿ˜›


Miracle happened on the 14th day

Posted by Everyday Healy on July 2, 2009


Unforgettable… Unforgettable……

hYou might ask what’s so unforgettable? It’s my girl’s first time in uniform! ๐Ÿ˜›

And once she put on this magic uniform, she stop crying. I wondered how. But, it just happened. So unbelievable! May it because she was touched. As mummy try to look into her eyes and keep hugging her, showing 2 thumbs up last night, while trying to convince her to become a brave girl who will never cry in school? So, she finally decided to be as brave as Bumble Bee. Yes! She loves TRANSFORMER! Ha!

Or may it because the uniform makes her feels as the same group with her friends in school. Sense of belonging I mean. Or it just simply means ” I like the uniform”. Hehe…..

Anyway, mummy was so touched. Tears nearly burst out just because of this simple occasion. Cause it really means so big to mummy. May be all the while mummy appeared to be so cruel. Just keep sending her to school even though she sheds tears.

The truth is… mummy is not cruel at all. Not as tough as it seems too. Mummy actually feels so sorry and upset, each and every time sees her crying. So worried! But, I have to pretend nothing big and just be persistent. As that’s the only way to help little Elizabeth understands that there is always something we need to obey even though we don’t really like it. Also, she just have to learn to be independent.

And, you did it! You did it great! Mummy is so proud of you, darling! And, you really look great wearing the uniform. So pretty! Just keep up with that sweet smile. Love you! ๐Ÿ˜‰


Both are good

Posted by Everyday Healy on June 30, 2009

How about that? Cute aye? Cause that’s her favorite lesson — “Kinder Beat”. She called it “music class”.

Frankly, this lesson is not cheap.So let’s see weather it’s worth it or not.

Wow! That’s full involvement. And, she is very sharp in term of catching the rhythm, following all the movement very well. Thus, very worthy. :)

On the other hand, every time before we depart to her kindy, she will says: “Don’t want to go to school. I want to go music class. However, she is happily waving goodbye and surely got lots to tell at the moment she leaves the school. Hahaha……

And, that’s where she learn to socialize. Before she goes to school, mummy always see the message of “Don’t talk to me” from her face, when the aunties (other parents) in the music class try to talk to her. Totally unfriendly to strangers.

But, she was far too willing to chit chat with almost every aunties in the class this past Sunday. What a big step! Just 2 weeks in school, she becomes so much friendlier. Looks like she benefited from both places. ๐Ÿ˜›


8th Day in School

Posted by Everyday Healy on June 24, 2009

Today is already her 8th day in school. She will keep shouting “Kakak… Kakak…” as kakak drop her in the car before we depart to school. Sometimes, she cried for daddy. But, it’s still “mummy… mummy…” after the car has moved. Hahaha……

Mummy knew she enjoyed schooling. As she never cry after school. Sh eonly cry for less than 2 minutes after she thought mummy has left. She is expecting to eat breakfast in school. She will tell what’s she doing in school. She will hums the songs she learn in school. She even take the lead to kiss her class teacher last Friday. ๐Ÿ˜›

Most importantly, she is getting less and less tantrum after school. Never have nightmares about school anymore. *Sigh* And, what did she learn in school? At least, she will let us tie her hair after the teacher did once. And, she started to tell before she “wee wee”. Not all the time, but more frequent.

However, she still don’t like to take out her shoes by herself. Well, this should be the consequences of having a maid to take care of the little ones all the time. :(


3rd day in School

Posted by Everyday Healy on June 18, 2009

So, how’s the 3rd day in school? Woke up, get changed and waited at the door happily. Can’t wait to get down as the school teacher open the car door and greet her. Wow! Amazing!

So… “Bye baby! See you later!” mummy said.

“No! Mummy……” Little Elizabeth cried immediately.

The school teacher laughed and quickly carry her into the class. On the other hand, mummy stop my car aside and listened. After about 2 minutes, I leave as she stopped crying.

“Oh! I am sure you will enjoy your yoga class today. Have fun!” ๐Ÿ˜›

Mummy is right. She seems very happy after school.

By the way, Mummy actually buy her some “fancy name stickers”. And, she likes those with dogs. She said:” The puppy is so cute!” LOL!

What’s these for? At least something new for her to show the teacher. Might be a good trick to motivate her to go school. May be later mummy will even give her some stationery to give her friends. As she still don’t know how to make friends. Hehe……


2nd Day in School

Posted by Everyday Healy on June 17, 2009

She said:” Let’s go!”. And happily went into the car with smile. But, as mummy trying to leave her after she took out her shoes and walked into the class, she cried.ย  God bless! As it only last for less than 3 minutes.

Then, mummy called the principle in between the school hours.

“She is running happily in the playground now. But before that, she was looking for mummy. Every now and then, there will be:”Where is mummy?”. But, she seems ok. As she will stopped crying and listened to teacher’s explanation. Just she will still ask for mummy after that. I think she can take it. She seems understand. I think it’s ok to let her stay until 12 noon.”

Alright! So, mummy picked her up at 12 noon. She cried immediately when she saw mummy. But, stop crying once mummy carry her. :)


1st day in School

Posted by Everyday Healy on June 15, 2009

she is perfectly ok in her new school this morning, all by herself. Even though it is a totally new environment for her. Very good girl! Mummy is so proud of you, baby! ๐Ÿ˜›

This seems impossible, right? Thanks to the 2 weeks right brain development holiday program which lets mummy stick with her in the class for the past 2 weeks. That’s the trick which raised her confidence in schooling I guess.

The right brain development holiday program which actually organized by her music school finally ended last Friday. As you can see from the picture above, this little girl enjoyed the SI moments so much. Little Elizabeth just won’t mind sweating a lot. Those crawling, jumping, bouncing and walking really make her happier.

Just the opposite from mummy. Mummy would rather let a massage chair to do the work outs. And, has always think of the best diet pills first, if anyone around mentioned about loosing weight. Hahahaha……. You are a real heroin of mine, baby! ๐Ÿ˜‰

By the way, little Lizzy also benefited a lot from the “find the difference” sessions and speed flashing.ย  So, mummy and Elizabeth will join this program together again in July. ๐Ÿ˜›

And, mummy is kind of confident that baby will like this new school as much as her music class. As mummy can see that she likes the teachers here. At least you talked to them. In fact, mummy like their smiles too. ๐Ÿ˜›


I like all these Stories

Posted by Everyday Healy on June 9, 2009

Usually she wants to “read” on her own. She will only flip quickly, point to the pictures and learn from single words. Surprise! Surprise! This little girl enjoyed story time now. She will let mummy finished reading a few short stories for her in one shot. Sometimes, even one whole book of “Peter and Jane”.

Moreover, her reading time has increased to twice a day now. It all began since we leave the TV aside.

Also, thanks to these new interesting stories too which we bought in a secondhand bookstore. May be you are more familiar with wholesale computers. Yeah… That’s always a good bargain. So do these secondhand books. Still like brand new, but only sold at half of the original price. Mummy call this smart spending. Hahaha……

And, mummy especially favors the “Science Stories for Children”. As the stories are very simple, but incorporated with colorful pictures. Thus, interesting and informative.

By the way, looks like less TV really improved her attention spent. ๐Ÿ˜›


Surprise from RB Communication

Posted by Everyday Healy on May 26, 2009

Mummy is studying a lot on SM recently. So interested in helping my little princess to develop her right brain. Unfortunately, there is no SM school in Penang. So, I bought a book on SM and try to learn from it.

I started to communicate with my girl through thoughts before or after she sleep. One simple try. Normally, she will wake up around 9 to 10 am. So, I told her to wake up on 8am every morning. Remember, it’s a silent communication, only through thoughts. Surprisingly, she did it! It works so well for the past 3 days. Hard to believe. But, it’s so attractive. Hopefully, it continues to work for the days to come. LOL!

Obviously, our right brain is so powerful. But, it works in a very different way. So, I also try to play background music for her while she was reading. Besides, I play some learning CDs for her too while she was playing. It becomes so convenient to do it when I recorded all the needed sounds into MP3 players.

Supposedly, these methods are easier for her to remember what’s on the book when there is soft background music on play.ย  And,ย  she will also stored all the ABCs and 123 into her brain unknowingly, if we play the learning CDs for her during her play time.

Well, this is nothing difficult. Worth trying. And, with no expectation, there is always surprises. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Let’s read Newspaper

Posted by Everyday Healy on May 13, 2009

This is one of little Elizabeth’s good habit which really makes mummy feels so proud!

She will continue to flip other pages once mummy show her one or two interesting pictures in the newspaper. And, mummy really loves the way she flips and read the newspaper like a grown man. So… cute! ๐Ÿ˜›

As she goes through the news, mummy will tell her about everything. How car accidents happened, how to put out the fire of the burning house, what’s the use of skin care, what is efedrine, which hypermarket is on sale, what’s this, how’s that so and so on.

It’s good to know as much as you can. May it be about life, about science, about rules, and so much more. As mummy believes the more you know, the more you will understand. As you understand more, you just won’t stop looking for answers.

Thus, newspaper is certainly a great start! ๐Ÿ˜‰


I can stick

Posted by Everyday Healy on April 1, 2009

Mummy was looking for some of the Montessori tools which I saw in many of the Kindergarten or Nursery for little Elizabeth in the book fair too. But, I can’t find any. Good too. As come to think of it, that’s not the point. It’s better to send her to school to learn ways of interaction too.

By the way, this is what she did in the trial class running by one of the nursery.

Good job, isn’t it? ๐Ÿ˜›

Thanks to the teacher who patiently taught her and made this possible. Thereafter, she learned to put glue on small pieces of paper, then stick them on another big sheet with her own 2 hands. And, that’s the way she learn to recognize words now. Mummy will cut out the words from newspaper and she will stick them and pronounce them together with mummy.

Unfortunately, she still don’t know how to take out her shoes. :(

Well, later today she is also going for EEC English trail class. Well, too many schools and franchises. Thus, very competitive. Obviously, hard to make a choice too. LOL!


Some Home Education

Posted by Everyday Healy on December 2, 2008

Little Elizabeth has learned a lot from the learning VCDs and books. Somehow, real life experience is still the best education, especially about food and beverages. She will have to recognized the taste, the shape, the color, the smell, the textureย by touch it, see it, taste it, hold it, feel it and so on.

Now, she knows what is hot and what is cold. At least, she seesย and feels how the ice can turn to water too. Mommy even let her taste some spicy food and her mouth will immediately be wide opened once she feels spicy. And, her face will be wrinkling if there is something sour in her mouth. That’s cute! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Mommy and daddy also bring you to the temple, school, shopping mall, beach, insects farm, animal park, concert, restaurant, playground, bank…… Well! She knows sheย has to pay for things she wants to buy. And, she will wait for the receipt to come out from theย autopay machine each time we were paying our parking.

May be soon she might even know how to use the credit card and understand what is the bank of america balance transfer. Good luck, daddy! Hahaha……


Looking for Nursery

Posted by Everyday Healy on November 26, 2008


Wow! Riding on this baby elephant has so much fun! ๐Ÿ˜›

Come on, Baby Zebra! Smile… We’ve got a picture to take! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I like this place. I think it’s a playground. There are many kiddie rides including giraffe. I really had fun. I enjoyed taking pictures with these wild animals too. Thanks toย uncle Bill. But, weย were there just for a while.

By the way, have you heard of Melody Kindyland? This is it. Mommy said there are many of them in Penang. Altogether about 9 to 10 branches. Mommy said we went there to check it out. It might be my new school. As this Melody Kindyland in Tanjong Bungah is spacious, colorful, clean and new.

However, mommy is worried that 5 days/week in school will be a bit tough for my little girl. So, most probably you will be going to Taska Lin. Mommy will let you start with 3 days/week first, then we shall see. Is it alright, Elizabeth? ๐Ÿ˜‰


My Sunday School

Posted by Everyday Healy on October 29, 2008

Mummy uploaded these 2 videos 1 week ago. It has to be that Sunday. As she is wearing a new lovely dress. It is lovely! Just don’t know where to hide her little tummy. Chubby little Elizabeth! So cute! ๐Ÿ˜›

“What if it’s still this big when I grow up, mummy?”

“Er…… buy ephedra?” Hahaha……

In fact, I just want to keep some memories on her music circle lesson. So, this is what happened in last week class. Her interaction skill is getting better. She can dance with her teacher or sit on the laps of other mummies.

Always like to dance with scarfs on. And, she still plays with rhythm sticks even though she actually likes balls, rainbow ring and parachute more. hehe…


I will follow Barney

Posted by Everyday Healy on September 28, 2008

Elizabeth just came back from school. You might say:”Oh Great! What did she learn from school today?” Mummy’s answer :”Oh! Playing with drums, gym ball, rhythm sticks, jingle bell, dancing with scarf and puppets on the fingers… And so much more which not according to instructions. ” Hahaha……

So many toys there. And, she likes to play with them all. Not only those that teacher used for the lesson.LOL! And, she practically mix up the performance in Barney and those in the class when she heard the same song today. Barney wins of course! Hahaha……


Thanks to Sustagen

Posted by Everyday Healy on August 18, 2008

Like mother like daughter. Elizabeth loves shopping. And, mummy likes to bring her to the shopping mall too. It is a fantastic learning environment. I can teach her all the things that we came across in the mall.

Besides, on and off there will be special activities for kids in the shopping mall too. Some are highly educational. The “Sustagen” 100% Nutrionland which has been set up in Queensbay Mall on the 9th and 10th August is a good example. There are all together 5 games.

1) Carbo-Climb: Find the food that are rich in carbohydrate, climb up the stairs and stick them on the board at the right place, then slide down for fun as you complete the mission.

2) Farm Tunnel: Crawl through the tunnel and pick the fruits and vegetables as fast as you can.

3) Nutrient Pool: Go into the ball pool and find the food (fish) that are rich in protein.

4) Bone to Pick: Build up the skeleton and learn about the bones that support your body.

5) My Five Senses: Spin the wheel and correctly match sight, soun, taste, smell and touch.

Oh! Shopping seems to be a great choice. In this case, we as parents just don’t have to crack our head on where to bring our kids during weekends. Somehow, never bring the kids to anywhere near ToyRUs or Toy City, if you already working so hard with your budgeting software recently because of inflation. LOL!

Anyway, Elizabeth only play No. 1 to No. 4 on the 10th of August. She is too short for No. 5. Innitially, mummy was worried that these games might be too difficult for her. But, she seems enjoy, especially the Nutrient Pool.

Mummy and daddy are really proud of you, baby! You are the youngest among all, yet you are doing quite well. ๐Ÿ˜›


My New Music Instruments

Posted by Everyday Healy on June 19, 2008

Can you imagine that this small yellow bag actually costs mummy RM 120 (About 40 USD)? I will show you what’s in it that makes it so expensive.

These are all the things inside this yellow bag. They are the tools for “Music Circle”. Elizabeth got it once she started attending her Music Circle last week. As you can see, there are CD, rhythm sticks, jingle and parent’s guide book. So, it seems that these simple wooden instruments are more expensive than the latest memory stick? ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

Don’t feel shock. Mummy is just kidding. The cost of RM120 actually includes 4 separate packets like this. Each consist of different simple instrument, parent’s guide book and a CD. This is just the first pack. Which means it’s about RM30 each. That’s reasonable. ๐Ÿ˜›

Anyway, Elizabeth enjoyed the music and just keep dancing on her own way like what she did in the trial class. She can hardly sit down and learn. Surprisingly, she can remember some of the things that been taught in the trial class and start performing according to the syllabus during her first lesson.

Mummy is confidant that there will be improvement for the next lesson. :)


I am going to School

Posted by Everyday Healy on June 14, 2008

Finally, mummy had decided to let her join “music circle”. It’s a toddler music course from “Musikgarten”.

Basically, the exposure of early childhood music will:

  1. Immerses the child in language
  2. Evokes movement
  3. Stimulates the brain
  4. Fosters physical co-ordination
  5. Develops self discipline, co-operation, concentration and listening skills

Frankly, mummy hopes that little Elizabeth can achieves great development in the areas that being mentioned in No. 5. More discipline, willing to follow instructions and co-operates well. That’s important. Best if she can learn it before she attend Kindy School.

Also, Mummy knows how much she loves music. So, let’s kick start your journey of being a future musician and dancer, my dear! Hahaha…


She’s learning

Posted by Everyday Healy on April 16, 2008

Elizabeth is so keen on learning recently. Thus, her daily activities will not limited to playing toys anymore. She starts learning a lot from the first words books. Anyway, mummy feel that she learn most from her educational videos such as Barney, Baby Genius and Brainy Baby.

As she likes the videos so much, she even developed the interest of operating the VCD player. And, she can almost place the CVD into the player on her own now. I guess soon she might even know what is the hdmi cables. Kids are so smart nowadays. We just can’t underestimate them, don’t we? ๐Ÿ˜›


Travel More

Posted by Everyday Healy on April 4, 2008

Tonight, daddy is going to come back late. As daddy has a mini gathering with his college mates. Another boring Friday for mummy. Anyway, hopefully tomorrow is anther beautiful Saturday.

Daddy promised he will take Elizabeth to Taiping Zoo (provided he can wake up earlier tomorrow). In fact, mummy and daddy always try our best to take Elizabeth out every weekends.

Little baby always curious about the outside world. Thus, Elizabeth will be extremely happy when we bring her out. And, I feel it is good to let our kids have enough exposure. That’s how they learn through actual experiences. :)

In fact, we really enjoy the first long distance trip to KL. Thus, mummy is looking forward for the Taiping Zoo trip too. And, It’s best if we can get cheap vacation deals to travel overseas as Elizabeth has no chance to ride a plane yet. That’s another precious experience for baby Elizabeth, isn’t it? :)


“Pai Pai”

Posted by Everyday Healy on April 4, 2008

Last Saturday, mummy, daddy and Elizabeth were praying at The Goddess of Mercy Temple ( Kuan Yin Teng) Penang. This is one of the most famous historical buildings in Penang.

And, mummy seems never brought her there. This should be the first time little Elizabeth visited this highly auspicious temple. As she already learn how to pray with both palms close together — “Pai Pai”, she will “Pai Pai” whenever she was asked to do so. Good girl! May God bless you! :)


Mummy likes the idea of daddy that take the initiative to free the birds together with little Lizzy. Buddhism believes “Thou shall not kill”, and it’s good karma to free the animals instead of killing them. Thus, there is a stall outside the “Kuan Yin Teng” selling birds in the cage to promote this idea.

I don’t quite agree with the seller. They are not supposed to make this a business. However, it’s good to show Elizabeth that we should free the birds instead of killing or catching them. ๐Ÿ˜›

We have fun there. ๐Ÿ˜‰