Saturday, December 3, 2011


One year!!
I've been here for one year! In Winky, I mean. Time flies, doesn't it? There's so much that I've learnt here. For the record, it's the longest job I've had. Cultilect lasted 6 months, Tumbly 10 months, SJohan 7 months. I guess those jobs just didn't suit me. I'm really picky. Really picky. 

5 reasons why I love my job (in no particular order).

1. My bosses aren't around.
Yeah, they have the "Eye in the Sky" (CCTV), but I like to think that they are too busy with their own lives to be monitoring us all the time. 

2. Great Colleague
Yup, only 1 colleague! The joy. No need to fuss around with "office politics". And the great colleague is just so funny. LOL

3. Cosy environment
Well, it is my second home, and I've practically turned it into a home. Yes, we even have our toothbrush and toothpaste here!

4. Children, children, children!
I love children. And the job is just nice - I don't have to see children the whole day long, only when there are classes. Nice balance.

5. Knowledge
You have no idea how much knowledge I've gained. A really steep learning curve. Thanks to all the training and sharing by Pamela (She's the Best!), and learning from the lessons. Can you imagine repeating the same lessons 20 times a week. I actually learn the most! From learning about countries to elements of the periodic table to frogs. Things I never learnt in school, I actually teach to kids. 

Here's to one more year, and then I'll see how things go =)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Random random

I've been kinda bored recently, so just to update on my boring life. LOL.

This month I spent so much on books! Not just books for me, but for Su Yen and my children's storybook collection as well. Spent about RM300 cos I went to Logos Hope, the Big Bad Wolf Sale and also got some brainy books from Popular.

Below are some random photos of what I do at work, when I'm not working. My workplace has become my second home. I spend most of my waking time here. I even nap here haha.

My expensive but cute teapot for my camomile & green tea. =)

A failed first attempt at making green bean soup. 

We were too impatient to wait for the slow cooker so i brought this steamboat multipurpose cooker thingy. Randall says I use it so much it's "almost like I'm in a relationship with it" He's just weird. XP

Yup, we're equipped with everything from oil to bread knife to peanut butter and jelly to enzyme. 

And randomly, my children's storybook collection! =)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Books of 2011

Reading a book without reflecting is like looking in the mirror and seeing that you have dirt on your face but do nothing about it. This year I didn't have much time to read because of my hectic schedule the first half of the year. I have a huge pile of books waiting to be read and I've been rushing to finish them, well, for the sake of finishing them. Then I realise, what's the point of reading then? So I told myself I will write about it, as to force myself to reflect upon them.

I have been reading more non-fiction (a sign of growing old?) and a lot of them are parenting books (another sign of growing old?)

1. Brain Rules for Baby by John Medina
- I did write about it in my teacher blog. If you really wanna know more you can check it out. (I doubt anyone will haha)

2. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mum by Amy Chua
- I also wrote about it here.

3. Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
- This is a parenting book about raising children without labeling them or having competition between siblings. It is really easy to read. Do read it if you plan to be a parent.

4. Positive Discipline for Preschoolers by Jane Nelsen, Cheryl Erwin and Roslyn Duffy
- They teach of kind and firm parenting, using loving, cooperative, non-punitive methods. Most of them seem like common sense methods, but its surprising how many people do not use these "common sense methods" in disciplining their children. Especially in Asia.

5. Stories for my Mother by Chong Sheau Ching
- I used to read her column in the papers. When moving house, I just happened to stumble upon my mum's copy and so I read it. I do find her stories inspiring.

6. How Starbucks Saved My Life by Michael Gates Gill
- Quite an easy read, but I found it a bit, artificial? It was kinda promoting starbucks and seems like he wrote this book for his ego. I don't really know how to describe it. It's about this old guy who was very high up the corporate ladder and had to start from scratch, working at starbucks. He became all humble and stuff and learnt a lot from this experience.

7. The Time Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
- I absolutely love the movie! So when my colleague said she had the novel and it's better than the movie, of course I read it! So, the big question, movie or book, which is better? This is a tough one but I'd say...Movie. Because the book was a bit long winded. And I really like to see Rachel McAdams in the movie. She's one of my favourite actresses. And she's pretty. Haha.

8. Parents who Love Too Much by Jane Nelsen and Cheryl Erwin
- This is a really good book. I've been confused at drawing the line between so called "Western" and "Eastern" parenting, where Western is more lovey dovey and Eastern is more strict. This book teaches balance. And I like what they say about self esteem. You cannot give a child self esteem. No one has high self esteem all the time. You have good days and bad days. You can give them tools to cope when their self esteem is low.

9. A Thousand Pieces of Gold by Adeline Yen Mah
- I bought this because I really enjoyed her first book, Falling Leaves. But this book is different. It tells of the history of China through Proverbs. It took me super long to finish but I'm glad I did. Of the 5 years I spent in a Chinese secondary school I did not care about China history at all. No clue whatsoever. Give me a book in English about China history and I finally learn. Finally.

This is all so far. On the way, 5 Love Languages, Stories from Around the World and (gasp!) a Chinese book  by Shichida about prenatal education.

New Obsession

Wahahaha I have a new obsession. I check this site every time I go online. Yes, every single time. It has saved my a lot of money by ironically spending more money. Haha. It's so convenient and I don't even see the money going out of my pocket (the wonders of online banking). What is it?

So far I have purchased car tint (only 30 bucks), BMS meals, 5 course meals, Spa deals, haircut, body checkup, mani & pedi, holiday to Cherating...Loving it! They're keeping my schedule jam packed with pampering myself sessions haha.

I do work hard and deserve treats ok? =p

Monday, September 12, 2011

The Power of Caffeine

Not bad eh?

3 hours of sleep + 1 cup of coffee = Work from 8.30am - 7pm with hardly any break!

At least I've already caught up with my slept debt.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Holiday!! =D

My job gives me no annual leaves and public holidays (loooong story). I have 4 weeks of holiday a year though - 6 days actually this time & I enjoyed myself to the fullest!

On Monday, I went to the KLCC Bookfest with my sis, Tracy, her neice and Ivan. Not really for the books, but for the InnerTalk talk. Innertalk is a subliminal self help program thingy, so just to find out more. Bought some photo albums, notebooks and craft stuffs. Opps?

Oh, and we had all you can eat pasta for lunch! Very affordable. Only about 14 bucks for unlimited plates of pasta, drink, salad, soup and ice cream! Yum yum. But because I'm a small eater, only had two servings of pasta (which are quite small). The pasta itself is not bad.

On Tuesday, went to PD with Randall, Tracy and Ivan! Had delicious charsiew rice in Glenmarie and off to PD. We had a scrumptious picnic tea at about 6 and then went back and had steamboat dinner at 8.

Healthy right? The steamboat soup is herbal soup leh! LOL

On Thurs, had Bahkutteh with my grandaunt, aunt and uncle. Stayed at home crafting and playing with my dear little sister. Helped prepare and had a delicious dinner. Went out for a drink at night with Randall. =)

On Fri, went for Cars 2 with the siblings. Window shopped a little and bought more stuff. Opps? HAHA. Btw, Cars 2 was utterly disappointing. Nothing like Cars at all. =(

On Sat, had birthday lunch for my grandma with dad's side family. All the cousins reunited again (at least it wasn't so awkwardly quiet this time). Went to Bangsar and window shopped with Randall. Then we went to the Smokehouse to celebrate my birthday - be-earlied.

Certainly was a week well spent! =)

Ps: I would have put up more pics but my netbook is reeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaallyyy laggy. I guess I'm not a good blogger eh?

Monday, August 8, 2011


They say find a job you love, and you will never work another day in your life. True. I found a job I love. The thing is, they forgot to warn you that because you love your job, you might turn into a workaholic, neglecting others in your life. You feel guilty about it but there's nothing much you can do about it. Sorry. =(

Friday, July 22, 2011

Dreams =)

I just finished Glenn Doman's How to Multiply Your Baby's Intelligence. It is inspiring and all I wanna do now is have kids so I can teach my children! But I think I'd be skipping a few steps along the way. LOL. Well instead of just teaching my kids only, I'm gonna open my own child care center and develop geniuses!

Just to brainstorm my ideas (I always jot down ideas in random notebooks which I forget so this time I write it down here):

My center is gonna be a day care for babies onwards - from what I see, there is a great need for it! At this time when the baby's brain is developing rapidly, do you just wanna let your baby stay with a babysitter and watch TV all day? Cos that's what's happening!

Anyway, some components in the schedule: gym time - there'll be physical activities like in tumble tots or gymboree where there's lots of equipment etc. nap time - when children nap, we'll play classical music or other forms of educational videos so that children have subconscious input. There will be flashcard time of various topics from nature, geography, reading, maths, science and we'll teach all three languages since this is the time children can pick up multiple languages best. We'll have lots of educational toys for children to play and pretend play. For older toddlers, we will have Montessori materials as well such as the sensorial and practical life materials (absolutely love them!) There'll be large group time where children sing songs, dance, learn rhymes, listen to stories. Also messy play and arts and crafts and painting and collages and water play and sand play and sensorial tables where children explore and play and discover and LEARN! Parents will also be encouraged to participate together too!


Thursday, June 30, 2011

Blowing off steam

I don't understand why in the world we need to do this. This is unnecessary. The child is able to turn pages singly, draw shapes, build towers. So, yay, good job child. You are developing your fine motor skills like other kids out there. WHY DO I NEED TO SUPPORT THIS OBSERVATION WITH THEORIES ON WHY SHE IS ABLE TO DO THIS? Why is she able to build towers with blocks? Why she is able to turn pages?

You think teachers are so very free that they go find theories to find out why a child can build blocks? This crap is just not practical. No teacher in the right mind does this nonsense.

Can't wait to just finish this nonsense up.

Friday, June 24, 2011

I Go to School at Beaconhouse

I have finally completed my 240 hours at Beaconhouse! It has been an amazing experience. Even though I was WAAAAY underpaid (If you really want to know, I got less than 2 bucks an hour), I really don't mind. After all it is just an internship and I wasn't supposed to get anything in the first place. And what I didn't get in terms of money, I got paid by the children with love.

Teaching is really such a rewarding career. You get to play with children, comfort them, help them grow, be their best friend. It's really amazing. You are their "mummy" in school. Especially for those who just entered school. They have such a hard time because they just miss their parents so much. They need someone to comfort them, to assure them that mummy will come back. And they get attached to you. Can you imagine the impact that you make when your mere presence comforts them? I'm glad I was there for these children. I'd like to think that I made a difference in my life just as they have made a difference in mine.

They gave me so many hugs and kisses. (Sorry dear, don't be jealous ya. Lol.) I will remember each smile, each laugh, each hug and store it in my heart forever. I love all of you children so much.

Teacher Yen Nee

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Yes I Can

If I can make it through this, and excel in it, I can make it through anything!

I know I can.

Ican do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phillipians 4:13

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


I (embarrasingly) have head lice. (EWW! But at least I get mc haha) So my dear little sis makes me a lovely card,

"Hope u get rid of lies very soon!"


Monday, February 28, 2011

My Off Day =)

I'm so used to being busy that I feel so sien during my day off. Lol.
Went to Beaconhouse Kindergarten in Southern Park. It looks like a good school and I like the principal! =) High chance I'll go there for my practicum. They don't pay, though. But it's ok, I'll just take it as a learning experience. I still have income coming in from Tweedle Wink anyways.
Went to the bank to open FD. Haha. Not quite sure what I was doing but I guess nothing much can go wrong - it's a bank; not like the previous ING fiasco (I open a savings account with ING & my account lapsed cos my agent din handle properly)
Then I went for facial. So nice to get to pamper myself..haha. I sure miss that! Cost a bomb, though. Spent RM444 on two facial treatments and a travel kit package and they give a free cleanser. Considerably affordable la.
I went to Aeon just to get me a new bag! So bored with the old one (yeah, it was my mum's). The new one is bright pink. More age-appropriate, I hope. I only went there for half an hour. See! I had an aim: buy bag and I stuck to the agenda! Good job!
I am on an 10 apples a day detox diet. Sucks, wei. I miss FOOD! But I really need to do this. Hopefully after this I won't always feel so tired and my face will clear up!

Well, gotta get back to work!

Saturday, February 26, 2011


I'm finishing my college classes soon! Just one week study break, one week of classes and exam..and WOOHOO! I'm finished!

I've been calling up schools to check out for my practicum. Busy busy break! Hopefully all will turn out smoothly. Will be super hectic working two jobs at once. But, once I'm able to get through this 3 months, I know I can get through anything! =D

We're starting to feel a little nostalgic. After 2 years plus with this bunch of 12 girls.. We've had great memories. Doing assignments together, staying over, working together, playing together, debating with each other, complaining bout work together, being bored in class together.. I'll miss you guys. I'm sure we'll all acheive great things in this field! =D =D

It's been a great journey. Here's to more great journeys ahead!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

It's The End

CNY break is over. It's gone way too fast...I didn't even have time to meet my frens or my mum's side relatives. I'm so sorry.. IT;s not that I don't want..just that I'm really really busy and there's no time!

It's the first time ever I'm so last minute for my assignments. Sighs..

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Reflections on 2010 & Hopes for 2011 =)

Its 1/1/11 people! Ushered in the new year as I do every single year, with the church =) But, this time,we the youths organized it. It was awesome. I admit I didn't help as much as I'd like to as I was busy working =( So I only helped out in the kids' corner. But this year's Year End Gathering was awesome.

After the YEG, we the girls went to mamak to hang out and chit chat, then back to the church building to continue, as is the tradition of new year =) Had fun hanging out with Boon, Wei Li, Ai Vee, Cheer Cheers, Win Win, Jonathan Lee & my dear. Lol. It was an entertaining night. This time we didn't play as many lame games (maybe I'm growing old?) and we actually slept at 5.30.

Looking back at the past year, I think 2010 was an OK year for me. Mostly hung out with my church buddies. Did meet up with the gang quite a few times too. Went for BBQ, sleepover, Ktv, dinner, Malacca. Gotta spenf more time with them! Thats my resolution for 2011. Only met the 5a2 peeps a couple of times..during CNY and the so called "mini gathering". Oh, and 2010 also marks the 5th year for my dear & me. Hehe, seems like we've been together for ever eh? Hope u don't get bored of me ahaha. We're at a point of our relationship where it's...comfortable =) Everything is just going smoothly.

Work was so so..started out in Tumble Tots till March, then hopped toSri Johan in May (met new frens including Tracy who I work with now), and in December, TweedleWink. I guess 2011 will be more predictable. After all, I signed a 2 year contract with TW, so that's where I'll be the whole year long.

2011 will also be the year I finally graduate! Just 7 more weeks of studies and I'm done! It'd be a whole new experience, working full time. Big stepping stone eh. In 2011 I won't be a teen anymore. I'd be a -ty in September. I feel there's nothing wrong or sad about growing old. It's part of life. And it kinda marks the "not studying, working full time" stage of my life. Of course I'd continue my studies. But, I'm not sure what to do yet. So these 2 years working with TW is a break from my studies and then only I'll decide what to do next. I'll go where the wind blows me =) This year, I'll be the Sunday School Coordinator, too. Huge pressure there..really hope I can cope and do well what with the working full time and everything.

Well, all the best to everyone in 2011. Have an awesome year ahead!