Monday, May 15, 2017

Happy Teacher's Days! handmade specials..


I have always find teacher a noble profession. It's a job that requires lots of patience, passion and dedication (without any of these one may goes insane).

I'm glad I had caring teachers in my tender years who had guided me tirelessly and coached me both in studies as well as sports. My primary school days were filled with exciting adventures & wonderful memory, a large part of it was thanks to my teachers.

Anyway, it's Teacher's Day and I thought the teachers deserve appreciation from their students for the great effort. C has shown so much improvement in her study; she looks forward to going to school every morning and reading her new book to me whenever I'm home, what more could a mom ask for? :)  On the other hand, E is so fond of his school teachers, especially the science and computer teachers (they are his absolute favorites!). 

So when I suggested to make some DIY gifts for the teachers, the duo excitedly agreed.

Instead of a card, we decorated a "Thank You Bag" using plain brown bags and sharpies (I got the brown bags from Daiso for RM5.90 for a pack of 5). We then filled them up with our hand-painted flower pots & a packet of sunflower seeds. You can read about the making of the DIY hand-painted flower pots here.

Wa-la.. Done!


I especially like this blue hair boy by E :)
He still has few more bags to make as his school's celebration is scheduled on a later date.




As we ran short of the terracotta pots, I've bought some cute mugs as additional gifts. Hope the teachers like them as much as the painted pots. :D


We still have a few more brown bags to decorate (and I shall update this post once they are ready), but as of now, we just want to shout-out-loud...

"Happy Teacher's Day!"
to all the great teachers out there, thank you for the hard work!



If you are parents, I would encourage you to spare sometime to prepare something for your little one's well-deserving teachers too. Let's spread the love around and they may boomerang back to you in the most unexpected way. ;-)


Cheers,
PH


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Saturday, May 6, 2017

{Making of a Princess Dream} DIY Belle's Costume


We watched Disney's latest debut, Beauty and the Beast, in the theater lately and both C and I were captivated by Belle's gorgeous golden gown. So light, so dazzling.

So in attempt to construct a princess dream for my little girl, I gathered my tools and started cutting.

Here's the outcome, took me 3 weeks to complete it - well, I only managed to sew 1 or 2 hours a week, plus the embezzlement really took quite some time.


She's loving the dress. Made me the proudest mom on Earth :D

This is not a complete tutorial (pardon me but that is really extremely time consuming), it shall gives you a pretty good idea what you need and how to to re-create this dress.

The bodice. I used this light cotton for inner lining, need something breathable for our hot weather.


Exploring the effect of the front pleat.

Patience is what it takes. Needle by needle, pleat by pleat.

Almost there. The bottom skirt is actually a dress that I made for C when she was little, it's just perfect to be used as the bottom for the skirt by removing the elastic. Initially I wanted to make the dress longer, but on a second thought, this length is just nice for her without fear of tripping over the long edges.

Attaching the embezzlement was the most tedious part as I am not really good with hand-sewing, but since I can't find the right sparkly ribbon I wanted, I settled with these golden color embezzlement. 

Fit for a princess dress, don't they? ;-) 

C even helped to sew some of them *note: parental guide needed when using needle & thread* 

She was eagerly looking forward to wearing this dress. What can I say? It's totally worth it to see her proud smile and spontaneous dance move right after putting on the dress. I'm pretty sure today will be remembered forever by both of us.. :)

Be happy. Be merry. My Little Bell.

Pssss.. if you enjoy reading the posting on my blog and know a friend or two who may like it too, do help to share / like / link and spread the word, will ya? ;)


Xoxo,
PH



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Sunday, April 30, 2017

{Art Attack} DIY Painted Pots



Teachers Day is approaching (mid May) and I asked E what would he like to give to his teachers? He showed me his gardening book, "painted seed pots!", he proudly announced.

So we gathered some mini terra cotta pots from from the RM5 shop, Daiso, and started working on the painting with our Arcrylic paint. It was fun, really!

Proudly present.. Our creations!

Pineapple & Ladybug. The ladybug was created by accident (supposed to be watermelon) as E made the dots into circular shape instead of seed shape, so we decided to make some modification to it and turns out pretty cute!

Red watermelon, he's not very good with the brush yet so I added some whites to cover up.


Yellow watermelon, just some variety of watermelon :))

These are the materials we used:
• some terra cotta pots
• Arcrylic paints and some brushes
• color pallettes
• translucent spray paint (coating to ensure the pots stay waterproof)

Work in progress..


Almost there. I was doing QC to touch up on any imperfection while the duo had a tea break. :D

Final touch, the spray paint protects the paint and adds a glossy layer over the acrylic paint. Make sure you do the spray outdoor and wear a mask if you may, not recommend to let little ones handle this task.


Which is your favorite? ;-)

Honestly I can't quite decide. I like them all and we plan to make a couples more for ourselves.

Next we just have to fill up the pots with some rocks, soils and flower seeds, and wrap up as a pretty gift for their favorite teachers. 

Hopefully the teachers will like them as much as we do! <3

Cheers
pH


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Friday, March 24, 2017

Fun Climbing @ Funtopia Courtyard


It's a short holiday week, big guy and I decided to take a day off and bring the duo for some fun time in town, since we only have a day to spare. I have been scouting around for some activities around town.. Kidzania, done that; jungle gym, many times; park & outdoor picnics, done N times; KLCC petroscience, done that; Farm in the city, checked; National science center, yep; Planetarium, that too; spaceship galatica? Yes yes; Aquaria, zoo, KL bird park, butterfly park, done done done done... so where else??

Finally, I stumbled accross a relatively new kids gym in town - Funtopia Courtyard @ SS15, Subang Jaya.

It's an indoor gym that offers lots of activities to burn the energy - climbing, hanging bridge, rope walk, giant slide... However, if your little one has fear of height, you may want to let him / her observe and warm up first before signing up.

The first sight is enough to wow them.


They began with the safety briefing and putting on the safety gears.

Next, the hanging bridge. It's about 3 storey high and can be intimidating for young kids, but both C and E did it with a smile. The last visit to Club Med had prepared them well.

Team work - they had to pull themselves from one end to the other using the "skate board".


The giant slide... For real adrenaline rush. E went first.

Followed by C with a whoosh..

You could repeat this as many rounds as you wish.. The kiddos simply love this!

There's non stop climbing...

More climb...

More climb...

Yup, and more!

Yet another climb!

When the 1 hour period is over, they headed over to this children play area which has no additional charge. Another 30 minutes here and they came out all smiling from cheek to cheek and all covered in sweat. If you have younger toddler who's too young for all the gym activities, this would be just perfect.


We ended the visit with a sumptuous meal at the Notty Nuri restaurant which is located one floor below Funtopia. Yum yum... Their BBQ ribs is no doubt the best in town!



The Location:
Jalan SS 15/4G, SS 15, 
47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Operating hour: 10am-10pm

The Fees:
Weekdays: RM24/hour for all activities
Weekends & PH: RM34/hour for all activities 
Annual pass: RM350/year 

Note: 
• minimum height 110cm and minimum weight 20kg (forgotten the maximum weight limit)
• You may opt for single activity too at lower fee, but I honestly don't find its worth it.
• checkout their website for any price change or special promotion.

That's all folks, zooming out for more fun time with my kiddos. Happy holiday!

Cheers,
PH

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Useful Tools: Learning Mandarin 学习中文好工具!


I've been revising with E and C regularly especially on their Chinese homework, as this is one language that they have rather weak fundamental. My fault for not emphasize enough when they were younger.. :P

Anyway, fret not, I'm here to share a good news. Whether you are Chinese-literated or not, it doesn't matter. I have found some really useful apps and websites that will help in teaching little ones on mandarin reading and writing, and best of all, they are absolutely free! ;-)

Yes-Chinese.com 习字笔画好帮手
It's all about precision when it comes to writing mandarin words. A stroke must be straight, a hook must not be too long. Urrghh, I find it frustrating even I've pretty good command of mandarin myself >.<

So I let them practice using pre-printed words with the strokes in sequence. This site is really amazingly friendly and easy to use. Just type the word (using pinyin) and it will auto generate the word for you in nice writing boxes (you can choose the box size, small / medium / large)



Try it out now by clicking here > yes-chinese.com

The only downside- it doesn't work on mobile phone as it requires installation of the Adobe flash plugin. Make sure you install m that for your web browser before you can use this function.


字宝宝 Zhi Bao Bao
An Apple App which you can download from store for free (with in-app purchase that can be annoying, but well, it's free so can't complain). 字宝宝 is our on-the-go app to practice for all the mandarin spelling, it's especially useful for E. He just need a quick 3-5 min revision for all the words and he's ready for his spelling test.



Google (Photo) Translate 谷歌翻译(摄像功能)
Available on App Store or website, this amazing app allows you to just snap a picture of the word (work best with printed words instead of handwriting), and it helps you translate the word and the sound instantly. It's it wonderful?

Snap a pic, highlight the words with your finger.

Ta-da, the pinyin, sound & meaning are given. See the little camera icon? Click that to use this photo translate feature.



Pleco 鱼. 电子字典
This app is ideal for elder kids who can use dictionary independently. It allows you to search the word (字) / nounce (词)in mandarin or pinyin, and give you the meaning plus sample usage or sentence. This is almost as good as an actual dictionary.

Come standard 2, they started learning to form sentences which will get them ready for essay writing in standard 3, hence i find this app comes in ready handy.

Search with nounce(词句), gongzuo 工作, and all possible words are listed.

Search with single word, gong, and all words with similar pinyin are listed out. Easy huh?

There are other useful functions such as searching the historical words, clipboard reader (just paste the copied words) etc, do take some time to explore when you are using it, if you wish (I stick to the basic functions :))

HSK Vocabulary Flash Cards 翻字卡
If you have spare time and would like to introduce new words to the young schooler, you can download this apple App which comes in different levels of difficulty (HSK1 is the lowest, follow by HSK2 and so on so fort).

It allows you to flip through the eCards and play the voice.  

It has a test setting that allows testing of the little one to find the right words based on the words read out. C loves this test.

That's all folks. Hope you find the above helpful & do share with me and the other readers if you have other good tools to suggest too.. I have yet to find any good tools for teaching bahasa, so please do share with me if you know of any! ;-)

Xoxo,
PH



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