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 Izumio 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 Izumio to school herself. I used to drop by in school to check on her 1-3 times in a week, gave her Izumio, 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.

Ting Xie (Chinese Spelling)

Last night, Cass was in the mood to study for her Ting Xie (Chinese spelling) for today. If I don’t ask, this girl will not study but lately, she’s been pretty good, thanks to the in-house timetable that we have both agreed on.

She wrote the 8 words for Ting Xie on a tiny piece of paper measuring about 3.5 x 3.5cm and wrote the Chinese words with Han Yu Pin Yin so tiny that I could barely read them.

Cass – mummy, please test me on my ting xie. This is the paper.

Me – hello, I can’t read the words. They are SO small!

* Cass then sauntered to Alycia’s room and fetched the magnifying glass *

Cass – here’s the magnifying glass. Quick test me.

After testing her on the words…

Cass – mum, I am in high spirits today. I think I can score 100% for my Ting Xie tomorrow! 💪

And yes she did score a 100% for her Ting Xie today. She’s so happy 🙂

 

Exam Season Is Here Again

The dreaded exam season is here again!  This time, I am attempting to go green.  To save papers and printer cartridge, I am cutting down on the printing of test papers.  Instead, Cass goes to the website where the test papers are accessible and writes down her answers on a piece of recycled paper where  I will then refer to the website to mark.

Here, Cass is working on a BM test paper. She’s wearing an anti-blue light glasses which I bought from the Naturally Plus office. It’s mine and she always steals it from me whenever she uses the laptop and handphone.  I am going to get  three more pairs of this eye glasses for the girls soon.

The fact that blue light penetrates all the way to the retina (the inner lining of the back of the eye) is important, because laboratory studies have shown that too much exposure to blue light can damage light-sensitive cells in the retina. Added blue light exposure from computer screens, smartphones and other digital devices might increase a person’s risk of macular degeneration later in life.

Our girls also pop 1-2 capsules of Super Lutein a day to protect their eye health and overall health. Let me know if you are interested in Super Lutein as I can help you to order it.

 

 

Do Not Judge The Book By Its Cover

Today Cass’ regular piano teacher at Yamaha was on leave. A substitute teacher was assigned to us.

Upon entering the room, I was taken aback. The room was pitch black. When the door was opened, the replacement teacher jumped out from her siesta. Ms L was taking her forty winks with her head on the table.  I had a bad first impression already.

Ms L sports a boyish hair cut and my first impression of her was that she’s a tad tomboyish. She donned on a black blouse, black pants and sneakers and is on the plump side. And she looked sleepy! In my heart, she really does not look like a good piano teacher and not very impressive to me.  I told myself not to be prejudice too soon.

But the moment she sat down with Cass, everything changed.  Ms L is magical!

Before Cass played her piece, Ms L first corrected Cass on her posture, position of her hands and distance of the seat to the piano. She commented cheerily that she’s been correcting her students’ posture from morning till evening.  She spoke to Cass in Mandarin. Later she spoke articulately in impeccable English with ang mo slang too.

After Cass played her piece once, Ms L patiently pointed out to Cass how she could improve the piece to one that is more expressive. She demonstrated to Cass how it should be done. Though Ms L does not look like someone who is very expressive, I was absolutely and 100% wrong. Do not judge someone from her appearance!  She was totally expressive and impressive. When she played the piano, she played with all her heart and feelings. Her body swayed with each stroke on the keys. She hummed the melody. She sang. Then she asked Cass to sing, to which Cass shrugged shyly.  She said “never mind, hum out the melody, darling”.  She told Cass to imagine that she is in a boat on a river cruise in  Venice as the title of the piece is “Carnival of Venice”. She even showed Cass a picture of a river cruise in Venice on her mobile phone.  She showed Cass how to improve every bar of the piece with expression and emotion.  Within the first 15 minutes of the class, she had already cracked me up with her wit and creativity, her skill in teaching young kids and her extremely amiable and cheerful personality. For the first time in months, I did not doze off during lesson with Cass. I was admiring her and laughing away at her wittiness. I later found out that she is currently a student at MIA (Malaysia Institute of Arts) pursuing her Diploma in Music. Aha, no wonder! I was totally impressed with Ms L and wanted her to be Cass’ new teacher.

Ever since teacher Katelyn (Cass’ very first teacher) left to pursue her law degree, Cass has not been too pleased with  Ms J, the new teacher.  Ms J is very quiet, inexpressive and not dynamic enough. She’s boring, sorry to say that, and I do not want Cass to drop out of piano because of a boring teacher who does not know how to make each lesson interesting.  I actually have intention of speaking to the owner of the music school to switch teacher. And today I felt 100% convinced that I have to change teacher. I wanted Ms L for Cass!

I later found out from the owner of the music school that Ms L only comes to teach on Sundays. From Monday through Saturday, Ms L has to attend classes at MIA.  We can’t attend on Sunday as we have to go to church and then spend our family day together.  Moreover, after 2 years, Ms L will be off overseas to pursue her PhD in Music for 9 frigging long years! I don’t want Cass to suffer another heartache of losing her favorite teacher.  I was really disappointed. I asked for another teacher for Cass anyway.

After class, I asked Cass how she liked Ms L and I guessed it right. Cass loved Ms L’s style of teaching.  We kept talking about Ms L after we left the music center.

I am having the heebie-jeebies now over the new teacher for Cass.  I hope that Cass and her new teacher will hit if off  and have the perfect chemistry.  Cass fell in love with piano when teacher Katelyn was teaching her.  Cass still calls and sends Whatsapp messages to Katelyn till today. Teacher Katelyn was infamous at the music center as the screaming, no-nonsense and perfectionist teacher  yet there was perfect alchemy between Cass and her.  A good teacher will either make or break Cass’ interest in piano, that’s for sure.

Moral of the story: never judge the book by its cover.  The book may have a very dull and unattractive cover but once you flip the cover over, the content may knock you off your feet.

 

 

Hungry As A Bear

When our girls come home from school each day, the first thing on their mind is to dart into the kitchen. Acting like inspectors, they inspect every nook and corner, every pot and pan on the stove and every drawer to see what’s in for them. Still in their uniform and socks, any cooked food will be quickly noshed down, as if to suppress the hunger pang first before they move on to the bathroom to have a quick wash up. Then they sit comfortably at the dining table with their fruits, the main meal (again) and a good book on hand to continue their lunch.

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It must be the supplements (Super Lutein) that they pop everyday that make them as hungry as bears!

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Caught on camera in action…

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Our girls are always famished when they return from school, every single time. I would be very worried if they come home and tell me that they are not hungry. This would mean that they are unwell.

Are your kids like this too?

 

Silly Girl

Today I was totally thunderstruck when Cass told me that she wore her PE t-shirt that her friend had dropped on the school’s wet and dirty toilet floor!  If you are a product of Malaysia’s public schools, you will know just how dirty, wet and stinky these toilets are. Totally disgusting.

Cass had asked her bestie to follow her to the toilet to change into their PE t-shirt in the morning. After she had passed her PE t-shirt to her friend to hold, her friend dropped it on the stinky floor!  For fear of getting punished by the PE teacher for not wearing PE attire, Cass wore the stinky and wet t-shirt anyway. Oh. My. GAWD!! I get crazy thinking just how she could have worn the stinky and wet t-shirt!! There must have been some rocks in her head!

I gave Cass a long lecture on how she has to use her discretion and her brain to think when situations like these happen.  I told her that she has to learn to speak up and have the guts to tell her teachers of what happened.  She ain’t going to wear a t-shirt smeared with shit just to avoid being punished. She has to learn to speak up for her rights. I hope she has learnt a lesson today.

Below – Cass admiring a mini waterfall created from rain water flowing down gutters, during a thunderstorm at our condo yesterday evening.

 

Frenemy

Cass and I, we are ‘frenemies’.  We argue a lot (she’s very headstrong and so am I!) yet at the end of the day, we give each other hugs and kisses before going to bed. We share stories a lot and she tells me everything that had transpired in school.  Today she shared with me that her drawing of the human dental anatomy got a lot of likes from her Science teacher.  Cass’ teacher pulled off the page of the drawing from her exercise book and pinned it to the bulletin board in her classroom. She also got some chocolates from the teacher as reward. She was so happy!   We both  laughed that she actually drew that dental anatomy while in a really groggy state of mind as she was struggling to keep her eyes opened that night. This year her teachers give the class a lot of homework and she’s been working hard on the homework late into the night on most days.

Last night, Cass told me that her classmate (a boy) informed her that a Malay boy from another class admires her secretly… HO HO HO!!!  She is now dying to know who the boy is and so do I! HA HA!

Cass loves to ask me questions. One of the questions that she asked me recently is how Jesus became God. As it’s lengthy to explain it to her, I told her to go to the iTunes video learning app  where she can download The Great Course  and read in detail how Jesus became God. My girls download books to read a lot. iTunes has  many apps where you can download books to read as well as stream educational videos and lectures taught by top professors in the world.  I’d like to try the Android video learning app too to equip myself with some self improvement courses. I wish I had the time to do so.