Friday, May 30, 2014

Miss you a lot...

Xuan has gone to Taipei for 6 days! I missed her so much. I was constantly worried.

We exchanged sms during the day when she had no wifi. At night, after she had returned to hotel, we Tangoed. That was the routine for the past 6 days.

I could not accomplish much work at home when Xuan was away. I was always worrying if there might be earthquakes, if there were mad people on the streets that chased people with knives...

On her first day onboard SQ876, I had to trace her flight on the flight radar, to make sure it didn't go off track! After the plane landed, I heaved a big relief. I watched Taipei news closely on the Internet, refreshed Taiwan Central Weather Bureau website every hour for new reports on earthquakes (btw, earthquakes happen in Taiwan everyday!), checked Instagram for teachers' photo updates on their trip... on top of these, I chanted the Om Mani Padme Hum mantra throughout the day for her safety whenever I thought of her ... was I paranoid?

No, my worries were not unfounded. Today, she messaged me in the morning saying her phone was left with 4% battery and she had forgotten to charge it. Tonight, she will be in a farm stay without wifi, without a charged phone... She told me in another message that she was also bullied by one of her male classmates this morning... Sigh... on top of these, she was badly bitten by mosquitoes yesterday, and she discovered to her horror that one of the mosquitoes was black and white! I really prayed that she will not get dengue! very worried....

Luckily, she is returning home tomorrow night... if not, I'd go crazy.

I wish, I hope, I pray that she will come back to us safely, well and happy tomorrow.

Om Mani Padme Hum

Read more →

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Bicep trip to Taipei

Look! She is the tallest among her peers... even taller than the two teachers standing at the side!

This girl, who has stayed by our side for 11 years, is leaving for Taipei today, with her teachers and classmates, and WITHOUT US!

For a week, she will have to take care of herself. She cried last night, saying she will be homesick... now I'm missing her already.

Her flight will depart at 8.35am...
We wish her a safe, well and happy trip.
Om Mani Padme Hom

Read more →

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Improvement

I've been waiting to write this post for the longest time. From failing and scoring ZEROS and for his school tests, Kai has finally shown improvements - in fact, a lot of improvements. For the past months in P2, he has been coming home with impressive near-full-marks results or even full marks for his mastery tests! He scored 30/30 for his Math mastery, 27/30 for English mastery, full marks for his Math review test, high marks for Chinese review test,... full marks for many of his Chinese and English spellings.  It is no mean feat, really.

If there is a "Great Improvement Award", it should rightfully go to him.

Ahem... and if there is a "Woman-behind-the-great-improvement-boy Award" I think I deserve it. HA!

Er... of course, not forgetting the dad.

Read more →

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Xuan's sleep problems

Sleep problems continue to plague Xuan and haunt me even as she outgrew that of her baby phase, which typically resolve by itself at the age of 2, if not 3. Ever since that dreadful day in P3 when her school screened the WWII video, Xuan's sleep problems returned and magnified. With more horror stories from friends and TV serials enacting violent scenes, her problems just got worse.

Nowadays, she did not even dare to sleep with Kai in the same room... she could only sleep with us, that is, the whole family of four sleep together in the master bedroom! Plus point about this arrangement is the bonding the entire family gets; downside is that I can't sleep through the night with Kai's pushing and kicking in the same bed.

The current sleep arrangement is that she gets to sleep in master bedroom on alternate days; other days, she sleeps in Kai's room. However, even on those alternate days when she has to sleep in Kai's room, she'd come begging and negotiating to sleep in master bedroom once it came evening. Sometimes, she got her way, sometimes she didn't... Her sleep problems is affecting her studies. We are seeing slides in her grades.

So, to motivate her to put forward her best foot for the upcoming SA1, daddy has promised her a 3-month-sleep-in-master bedroom privilege card if she came in first few position in class...

Read more →