Saturday, June 24, 2017


Everyone's home.
It was our usual Saturday movie night at home.

Xuan was scratching her head and face as usual, while watching the show. I shall not go into details her bad habit.

Kai was sobbing and depressing over his inability to defeat Titan (Shadow Fight 2). He has been asking me to help him defeat Titan by hook or by crook, by hacking the game or by hiring an expert... He MUST defeat Titan before his birthday. This boy is crazy.

Finally, Andy Lau's "拆弹专家" was over and I had to go to the kitchen to throw some rubbish.
The kitchen was pitch dark. I envisioned a vicious lizard hiding in there, ready to spring out to scare me if I ever stepped in. So, standing at entrance of the kitchen, I threw a rolled-up plastic onto the counter top without stepping a foot in it.

All these were amusing.
Especially to someone who does not have these weird problems.

So the hb remarked, "每个人都有问题"

And so I coined 问题の家

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

My Great Helper: iLife 5vs Pro Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

Life just got busier ever since we have shifted in. Other than chauffeuring, I have lots of cleaning to do around the house leaving no time to fulfill my "chef" role. Maybe that is a blessing to the members of the family cos' my cooking really cannot make it...

Anyway, cleaning alone takes up a lot of time, leaving me with no rest at all. I engage a weekly part-time helper but on days without her, the floor gets really dusty and sticky. So the second iLife robotic cleaner really helps to relieve the cleaning of floors on other days. I bought an irobot at first, paying more than $700 for it. But one is not enough, so I bought an iLife 5vs pro on Lazada for a quarter of what I paid for irobot. I had thought that it would be much inferior compared to irobot for the price I paid, but to my surprise I find it much better than irobot! Can you believe it?

I just couldn't help but compare the two!
Firstly, iLife 5vs pro not only vacuums but does mopping as well and It is so much quieter compared to irobot. It comes with two spinning brushes at the bottom instead of one in irobot, and cleans up dust more effectively. The only con is that it does not come with a handle to be carried around with one hand, other than that, whatever feature you find in irobot, you can find it in Ilife 5vs pro!

I seldom review or compare products, but when I do, that thing must have really been worth it...

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

First in class

I never expect myself to be present in any prize-giving ceremony since Xuan left primary school.

Few days ago, we got the privilege again, to be among the audience of proud parents to applaud the achievements of our teens on stage. Xuan. First in class. NYGH.

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Kai and learning

I was reading my previous posts about Xuan's PSLE and it suddenly dawned on me how things are going to be so scary next year...

2018. Kai's turn to take PSLE. I don't think he is ready. He's not ready to be segregated into good and bad schools by the examination system next year. He's a boy. He's a late bloomer. He's got ADHD.

But. Face it. He still has to take the examination, like it or not, ready or not. This year P5 is going to be a tough year. Already he has failed his HCL class test and did badly for others in an attempt to prove the theory that "P5 is a big jump from P4" right.

His attitude in learning is what worries me. I am always improvising ways to motivate him in learning. Now, the latest gimmick is about "earning time" to play his Shadow Fight game on weekends. There is a list of the various work which can earn him different amount of time for play. On weekdays after school, he is able to earn and accumulate time by doing work (sch hw, tuition hw, revision, assessment, test papers, etc), then he gets to play the amount of time he accumulated on weekends. That's how the plan works. There's an inventory record of work done and time earned, time used and balance to carry forward if any. It didn't work very well at first and there were many tweaks and adjustments made along the way. He is now even able to earn time for packing his bag properly and penalised if not...

I wonder who in P5 still needs this kind of childish gimmick in order to learn. This kind of motivation to learn is not self-driven and will not achieve the same result as a child who genuinely wishes to learn and succeed. Sad to say, it is only PLAY that motivates him to LEARN.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

We have finally shifted in...

On Christmas Eve 24 December 2016, that was last year...

How time flies.
We are now in 2017.
And today is the 7th day of the Lunar New Year. Happy Birthday, everyone!

Back to the shifting - Erm, yes, living in a 3-storey house is a super big deal. Endless cleaning chores - just sweeping the floors takes me more than 40 min when I can complete that in less than 5 min in CH.

I already knew it before shifting in.
I already knew then that I have to slave it out in the new house...

Umpteen times of walking the stairs.
That makes my knees weak. I already knew then that the stairs' going to tire me out...

I better stop grumbling - it's really a big deal...

On the bright side, I am living in a really nice house... just that I need to sweat it out. A big price to pay.

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