Lantern Party – 23 Sept 2017

Cass and I attended a pot-luck lantern party to celebrate Mid Autumn Festival organized by her class teacher on this lovely Saturday evening. It was held at one of the classmate’s abode at Sunway Vivaldi, Mont Kiara. Thankfully the rain didn’t rain on our parade tonight (literally) and the kids could play outdoors and walk around the condo with their lanterns.


Class of 3S with class teacher, Miss L (in black).


Miss L announcing to her class the activities lined up for the night.


The students attempting to answer the riddles hung on each lantern.

The students who answered correctly received a little prize from Miss L, the ever dedicated and passionate class teacher of 3S.


Brain-teasers hung on each lantern.

After digging into all the yummy food, there was a night walk around the vicinity of the condo with the kids holding their lanterns.

Cass with her besties.

The girl in floral dress on Cass’ right is the school’s Year 3 top student 2 times consecutively this year. She’s an amazing girl – sweet, charming, polite and bright.

Parents lighting up a floating lantern.

The highlight of the night was lighting up a floating lantern to send it up the sky.  The floating lantern works on the same principles of a hot air balloon.

After a tough time lighting up the lantern and to get it to float up the sky,  alas the lantern was blown away and got stuck on a tree branch. What bummer and anti-climax! And the parents had to hurriedly hose down the lantern with water. Nonetheless, the kids had a great time. It was the kids’ first out-of-school class party.

Rosy Cheeks

Last Sunday, while Drama Queen went on a class trip to the National Planetarium and Alycia went on a day-outing with her grandma and a friend, Cass and I stayed home. In the evening, we went jogging around our neighborhood. It’s been a while since we last did this. I had to rummage through my drawers to find my pepper spray and when I tested it, it was empty, bummer!! We went out jogging anyway and hoped that we wouldn’t be attack by stray dogs or muggers. I am very familiar with our neighborhood as I used to run for hours around our neighborhood every day and know exactly which street has crazy dogs that chase people up their butts and which street looks dodgy and creepy. We avoided those roads.  Cass was in a very jovial mood. She stopped every 5 minutes to smell the flowers and grass, pointed out mushrooms to me and we stopped at almost every house that has a cute dog to play with the dogs. We enjoyed our 40 minutes of jog and walk thoroughly. If not for a runner’s stomach that she had, we would have continued jogging for another half an hour or so. Cass seems to get side stitch cramps each time she runs for 20 minutes or so. I later Googled the reasons and found out that it’s caused by wrong breathing techniques and having too much food / liquid in the abdomen. I was worried that it’s related to the two abdomen surgeries that she had when she was 13 months old.

After we were back at our condo, Cass did some cycling and played with the resident cat.

After we were done exercising, we were both sweating profusely and had flushed cheeks. I love seeing Cass’ chubby cheeks turn rosy.  In my eyes, she still looks like a baby and will always be my baby girl in my heart.

 

Cute Hand-Crafted Key Chains

Despite having to sit for an exam in a few days’ time, Cass still prefers to indulge in craft vs. poring over her school books.  Several days ago, despite having a stack of homework and test papers to do, she pushed them aside. Instead, she crafted a homemade gift from scraps – a mineral water bottle made from thin plastic.

She made a cube box by cutting the plastic mineral water bottle with a pair of scissors. Inside the box is a macaron key chain which she made some time back using magic clay from my online store. The ring for the key chain was bought from Daiso. Then she ransacked my cupboard and fished out a red ribbon to tie it on her gift box… and tadaaaaa….


The pretty macaron key chain in a transparent gift box, all hand-crafted with precision and love from my baby girl.


This yummy cake key chain is also hand-crafted by Cass, using magic clay and Daiso-bought key ring.

I asked her if she’s going to gift these key chains away but she said she will collect them all.

On a side note, yesterday was just not my day. The moon and stars were not aligned like they should. After I parked my car outside the school to send lunch to Cass and Drama Queen, the battery went flat.  It was the first time in my 27 years of driving that I experienced a flat battery when I was out of the house.  I made a quick call to the hubs for SOS and he called his car technician over to his office. They drove to school and the technician changed my car battery. What a way to start my Wednesday!

 

Voracious Reader

The other day, Cass and I were discussing an English quiz  question that her English teacher in school gave the class. It was about how a frog died and the pupils had to read a given passage to answer.  The answer from her teacher was: the frog drown.

Cass was very agitated that her answer was wrong and her teacher’s answer that the frog died as it had drown was the correct one. She asked me how could a frog drown when it could live under water. Well, maybe one of these days when I am absolutely free, I’d drop by the school to ask her English teacher. 😬

Me – yes, a frog could live underwater.  How could it die? It’s an amphibia”

Cass – BIAN!!  B I A N!!

Me – yes amphibia

Cass – mum, it’s BIAN. AM-PHI-BIAN ok? Not amphibia. Get it?

Me – oh yes, you’re right, it’s an amphibian. Smart girl! How did you know? You study Science in Chinese in school. How do you know the word amphibian?

Cass – I read it from a book.

Me- ohhhh… that’s why it’s so important to read many books. See, you’re cleverer than me now.

I almost forgot the word is amphiBIAN because I learned Science in Malay and in Malay it is called ‘amfibia’.

Cass is a voracious reader. She reads just about any book and reading material.  The other day, she foraged for old and unwanted books in a box in the storeroom and fished out a book that’s almost 3 decades old!  She is now reading The Oregon Trail and finds it very interesting.

The Oregon Trail is a book that I got as a reward from my school when I obtained 6As in my SRP (equivalent to PMR and PT3 now) when I was 15 years old. That year was 1988. I did not even read the book as I found it too insipid and the words were too small. I’ve never liked any book with super small prints.

The Oregon Trail is the gripping account of Francis Parkman’s journey west across North America in 1846. After crossing the Allegheny Mountains by coach and continuing by boat and wagon to Westport, Missouri, he set out with three companions on a horseback journey that would ultimately take him over two thousand miles.

My 9-year old girl likes stories like this. Wow!

Old is gold – my prized gift from my alma mater 💝

And my reward from my dearest papa for getting 6As was my dream mini compo 😀

She even hijacked my book on the autobiography of Olivia Newton John.

 

Cass Cooks

For the first time, Cass cooked something. It’s something that I rarely buy though everyone loves it!  She cooked instant noodles!  It’s for her dearest daddy on Father’s Day 💓 Her daddy bought the Korean noodles, which are his favorite junk food for movie nights at home, which he will indulge in whenever the moon turns blue.

After a very simple dinner at home on Father’s Day, the hubs said that he was still hungry! He asked who would cook him some instant noodles with eggs and just like a reflex action following the question, Cass sprung out from her chair and said “ME ME ME!” and then darted to the kitchen, bursting with enthusiasm to help.   With help from her daddy, she cooked the noodles and eggs. When the noodles were ready, her two sisters (though very full from dinner) scuttled to the kitchen to get bowls and helped themselves to the noodles. This happens ALL THE TIME whenever the hubs cooks instant noodles. To the girls, instant noodles are like the most rarest and tastiest food ever served to them. Instant noodles taste like a million dollars to them.  Thus, the hubs would always cook 2 packets of noodles with 5 eggs and share them with his Charlie’s Angels. Everyone would chow down every single strand of noodles and be as happy as a pig in mud, with someone looking quite like one too 😂 The sight of the four of them seated in front of the TV enjoying a movie and slurping their noodles warms the cockles of my heart.💓

Video Calls Bonding

After having my parents around for a week, Cass misses her koong koong and granny very much. Yesterday she made a Whatsapp video call to her grandparents in Ipoh and spent a whole half hour talking to them and playing the piano to entertain them.

Yesterday Cass’ piano teacher told me that Cass will be ready to sit for the Grade 1  ABRSM exam next year.  When I first sent Cass to Yamaha to learn piano 2.5 years ago, I did not have intention to let her sit for any exam.  I just wanted to instill the love of music and piano in Cass. I wanted her to play the piano as a hobby.  Practising the same exam pieces every day on end for months was such a bore for me, not to mention the anxiety of sitting for the exams. In those days, the examiners were flown in from England and I’d get really nervous talking to them.

I’m having a change of mind now.  I’ll let her Cass go through the exams leisurely at her pace with no pressure. If she has the talent, I believe that she’ll breeze through all 8 grades and hopefully even the Diploma. I think it’s good that Cass has a backup skill in life which can be a golden ticket to help her earn a living 😉

Cass at 9 years 2 months

Cheddar Cheese On Toast

Today’s lunch for Drama Queen and Cass was takeout Mee Siam from our favorite cafe.  Cass was super hungry today.  When she alighted from the school van, she grumbled “mum, I am SO hungry. My stomach is SO pain and growling. I am going to die from hunger!”  The moment she got into the house, she rummaged through the fridge for lunch. She saw the packet of Mee Siam in the fridge, took it out and devoured it like a feral dog. She was supposed to share the packet of Mee Siam with me but she scoffed it down within minutes, still in her dirty school uniform, stinky socks and with ruffled messy hair all over.

After she was done with her packet of Mee Siam, Cass said that she was still very, very hungry! OMG, what’s with her appetite?!  She must be going through a growth spurt now.  “But you have already eaten my share of Mee Siam. There is nothing else to eat. Do you want cheese on toast?” I asked her. There was a twinkle in her eyes. That’s her favorite, why not!

So I hurriedly popped a slice of wholemeal cranberry bread into the toaster, along with a slice of cheddar cheese and sliced tomatoes.  This open toast is very much in the same mold as pizza bread.   The bread is crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. The soft and chewy  melted cheddar cheese is SWOON!  Something as simple as a slice of crispy toast with hot tomatoes and chewy cheddar can really warm the cockles of this little girl’s heart 💓💓

 

Song Bird

Today in the car on the way to piano class, the song sang by Camila Cabello was played on Mix FM.

Me – I love this song. Do you know the title of this song?

Cass – It’s called Bad Things and it’s sung by Camila Cabello.

Me – Wow, how did you know?!!

Cass – And Camila Cabello recently separated from Fifth Harmony.

Me – Wah, you know more than me!

Cass – I overheard er che (2nd sis) and che che (big sis) talking about it that day.

Me – If only the 3 of you can remember your school text book stuff this well, I’ll be very happy!

On our way home from piano class, Alessia Cara’s Scars To Your Beautiful was played on Mix FM.

Cass – this is my favorite song mummy. It’s called Scars To Your Beautiful and it’s sung by Alessia Cara.

Me – how come you know the title of all the latest songs? And you know the full names of the singers too!  What’s this song all about? Why do you like it?

Cass – I think Scars To Your Beautiful is a very meaningful song. The song is telling those people with cancer and without hair, those who are fat and those with scars that they are beautiful. I like this song very much.  I was thunderstruck that those words came out from Cass’ mouth. Only 9 years old and she has such maturity to appreciate such a meaningful and beautiful song.

And then Cass sang along to Scars To Your Beautiful  and got almost all the lyrics to the song spot on.

 

 

Izumio For Good Health

Wednesday is CoCo day in school for Drama Queen and Cass. They stay back until 3:30 p.m. and will only be home around 4-ish p.m.  Ever since Cass had a bout of high fever (41 degrees Celsius) on her second CoCo day in school about 2 months back, I have this phobia that she would have high fever again after being in the hot afternoon sun on CoCo days. To me, she is still a fragile baby like she was but truth is, she’s much stronger than what I think she is – physically, mentally and emotionally. I have gone through so much with her and watched how much she suffered during her baby days.  I really don’t wish to see her suffer anymore pain and I want no more hospitalization stays with her again, ever.

To give me a peace of mind on CoCo days, I pack a pouch of hydrogen water into Cass’ lunch bag on CoCo days. Since she doesn’t want me to drop by in school so often now, I let her bring the pouch of hydrogen water to school herself. I used to drop by in school to check on her 1-3 times in a week, gave her the hydrogen water, made sure that she peed and chatted with her teachers and friends. But lately, she kept telling me that the principal does not encourage visiting parents in school except if the child is unwell. Oh well. I guess I just have to learn to let go and let Cass grow up *crying a river*

Cass will grow up well, I know she will.

 

Cassandra’s 9th Birthday & New Piano Teacher

My baby girl turned 9 on 9 April 2017.  It was a Sunday. She attended Sunday School in the morning, which she looks forward to every Sunday. After church we had lunch at a Japanese restaurant. Type of cuisine was her choice and Japanese is her favorite cuisine.

Cass ordered cold buckwheat noodles, which comes with her favorite Chawan Mushi (‘favoritest’ of all food), Unagi and Miso soup.

The Japanese restaurant manager gave Cass a birthday gift, which was a complimentary dessert of her choice.

Cass chose Matcha ice-cream with mochi and red bean.

After lunch at Kimiya, we segued into Inside Scoop Ice Cream (located just steps away) to get 3 scoops of licklicious Cempedak ice-cream, then segued into a cafe next door to have cakes and coffee.  We had another round of cake-cutting for Cass.  On the eve of her birthday the night before, we had a round of cake-cutting with all her grand aunts and grand uncles.

With daddy dearest…

On the eve of Cass’ birthday, we finally met Cass’ new piano teacher, Crystal. Thank God Cass was at such ease with teacher Crystal. This is because teacher Crystal has very similar mannerism and persona as teacher Katelyn, Cass’ first piano teacher whom she misses very much.  Teacher Crystal is a music graduate from the University of Malaya and is pretty good with kids. I hope Cass’ love for piano will continue to flourish and she will pick up all the good techniques right off the bat under the guidance of teacher Crystal.

Happiest birthday my dear baby girl Cassandra. May God continue to bless you with good health, healing and overflowing of happiness every day of your life.