Our Saturday Morning – 3 June 2017

My parents, hubster and MIL left the house at 6:30 a.m. today for the Taman Midah, Cheras wet market. My aunt (my papa’s sister) runs a vegetarian food stall at the said wet market. Today, their mission is to try my aunt’s homemade vegetarian food.  My aunt has been making her own vegetarian food and selling them at a stall at the Taman Midah, Cheras wet market for over 20 years.

Our brunch today is a kaleidoscope of colour. I love all things colorful.


Mock meat rendang, which tastes as good as, if not even better than real meat. Yums, tastes like a million dollars!


Vegetarian ‘Suen Poon Chi’ or Hakka Yam Balls made by my aunt, who is a Hakka.

The chewy ‘Suen Poon Chi’ is another must-try dish at my aunt’s vegetarian stall; she doesn’t make this dish everyday though.

Vegetarian ‘Mee Siam’ and ‘Char Siew’.  


‘Ka Heong Jai’, braised super smooth mushrooms with mock meat and deep fried mock goose.

Vegetarian cheong fun (with turnip and carrot strips), ‘choy po ko’ and ‘mei tau’ (black eye peas) cake. My aunt makes all the dishes herself in her humble home.

Since they were already in Cheras, at my request, the hubster used Waze to find his way to the Cute Cute Angku shop to get me more cutesy handcrafted angku 😋

 


Yummy pork balls noodles soup

A big portion of pork ball noodles for lunch later

My parents will be with us for another day before they return to Ipoh. I’ll definitely miss them a lot. 💔  I’m feeling disappointed that this mid-term school holidays, we are unable to make a trip back to my lovely hometown of Ipoh 😓

 

Storytime Encourages Literacy

It’s no secret that small children love time and attention. One of the best things we can do for our little ones is to engage with them as much as possible. This stimulates their growth and makes them feel loved and important. This is perhaps why storytime is a magical activity that you can give to your children at bedtime. It’s an opportunity to express love for your children before they go to sleep and it encourages literacy as well.

A Little Love Before Bedtime
Taking the time to select a sweet story to read to your little one is the prerequisite for starting the loving habit of sitting with your child and reading before they close their eyes for a full night of rest. You and your child can select a book and then sit down to read it as a family activity. This becomes a bonding moment for you and your child to be close to each other.

Family reading bedtime. Pretty young mother reading a book to her daughter.

Something to Look Forward to
Storytime also gives children a warm loving activity to look forward to. If you make it a family ritual, children will use this activity as an opportunity to settle down, relax, and engage with the story you are telling. The more you stick to this ritual and make it a habit, it will become a loved and cherished activity that your child will look forward to. Your child will associate as an act of love that will resonate with them for years to come. Although they won’t be interested in stories about advanced medical imaging in Toms River, NJ  you can select stories that will entertain and stimulate them.

Storytime Encourages Literacy
The earlier you begin reading to your child the better. As your child gets older and begins to read, you can transfer the role of reading to the child at different times. The child will learn from you initially and gain the confidence to attempt reading on his or her own as time passes. This rite of passage will teach your children to not only enjoy storytime but to also become a part of it. This move, in turn, will encourage literacy by challenging the child to continue to read more challenging books.

Incorporating storytime into your child’s bedtime routine has many positive benefits. It’s a special way of expressing love and it gives your child something to look forward to every night. It also encourages literacy by allowing you to transfer the role of reader to the child as soon as he or she begins to learn to read.