Alycia Is Testing My Patience

Alycia is really testing my patience to the limit.  Since early last year up until now, she has been falling sick every other month.  That’s when she first started attending pre-school.  Alycia was a very healthy baby for the first 1 year of her life and never once fell sick during that year. Her immune system started to go downhill ever since she attended pre-school in January last year, when she just turned 3 years old.

Alycia had missed more than 7 months of classes last year and had missed out on most things that her teachers had taught the pupils, which are the basics / foundation.  When she resumed classes again in September last year, she was way lacking behind her peers in class but has since improved tremendously at the beginning of this year.   She can now write her name and recognize all the letters of the alphabet.  She can also recognize numbers from 1 – 30+.  She can also recite numbers 1 – 50 (with a few numbers missing here and there)

I have had and still am having a tough time coaching her in her homework, especially in Math, Abacus calculation, mental calculation and Mandarin. To begin with, her attention span is very short.  Each time I teach her, her mind will be wandering far away.   After repeating myself infinite number of times, she still does not appear to understand what I am trying to say. However, sometimes she will give me pleasant surprises when she suddenly appears to grasp everything that I had taught her and she would give me correct answers all the way.  Many times, she will give me excuses to avoid doing her homework.

Today she brought home Math homework.  One of the exercises is recognition of numbers – circle the number(s) that is bigger than a given number and circle the number(s) that is smaller than a given number (from 1 – 50).  Another exercise is ‘what number comes before this number’ and ‘what number comes after this number’.  What I did was to write out the numbers from 1 – 50 on a piece of paper and explain the exercise to her.  After explaining to her umpteen times, I asked her if she understood the concept and she said no and shrugged her shoulders!  I got so mad with her that I was raising my voice throughout my session with her.  This happened over the past 3 days and sometimes, my mil would help me coach her.  Even my mil who is very patient with the gals lost her patience with Alycia.  I am just so worried for Alycia.  I may sound like a ‘kiasu‘ mum here but Alycia’s attitude and comprehension towards Maths and Mandarin are really making me freaking worried….. and hubby has registered her in a Chinese primary school. 

Am I putting too much pressure on Alycia?  Do you have a tough time coaching your 4.5- year old toddler in Math / Mandarin?  Do you have a fun way of teaching your toddler?  I’ll be glad to hear from experienced parents who have successfully made doing homework (especially Math) a fun thing with their kids.

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Wimbledon Championships, London

It was really an exciting time, watching underdog Chris Eaton take the Wimbledon tournament by storm yesterday. This 20-year old hunk who is ranked 661 in the world has been catapulted into the media spotlight after beating a player ranked nearly 550 places above him and winning a place in the second round. This new British tennis star has a secret weapon to his sweet victory – his gorgeous model girlfriend.  Eaton, who drives a battered second-hand Vauxhall Astra with one wing mirror covered held on by duct tape and strings his own rackets before each match, has been backed all the way by his parents. He is now guaranteed at least US$33,000 for making the second round on his Grand Slam debut which is not bad for a man who was playing in Uzbekistan on the eve of Wimbledon and can’t even afford a decent new car.

This handsome six footer who has been playing tennis since he was five years old played six qualifying matches to get through to Wimbledon and his previous claim to fame was a practice session with Andre Agassi at Queen’s in 2006.

Next up for Eaton is a clash with explosive Russian 25th seed Dmitry Tursunov. If only I lived in England, I would definitely get my Wimbledon tickets and watch this amazing new tennis star in action.

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Sherilyn’s Colorful Personality

Sherilyn has a very ‘colorful’ personality. She’s a drama queen, very imaginative, can be very good in immitating people, loves singing and inventing her own lyrics all the time and is a ‘cili padi’ or ‘fighter-cock’. She never ever wants to loose out to her cheh cheh and always wants to be in the forefront, never in the backseat. When she’s good, she can be very angelic and when she’s bad, she horrid.

Her colorful personality is even shown in her coloring. All her colorings are multi-colored, hardly a single color, though black seemed to be her favorite color early this year but now, she loves a multitude of colors in her coloring.

Sherilyn’s homework.

Check out Baby C’s development here

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Web Hosting Providers

I have 2 money-making plans in my mind now. I was telling Elaine the other day on google chat that I plan to set up my own online store. I don’t mind paying someone to help me set up the store but the biggest set back now is that I just don’t have the time to go about doing it. My other plan is to create a couple more blogs, dot com blogs that is, no more free sub-domain blogs. Should my plan materialize, I will need a new webhosting provider as I am not quite satisfied with my current web hosting provider.

I was informed that I can read independent review of the top 10 web hosting providers at I can see from the list of web hosting awards from best budget hosting to best blog hosting, best ecommerce hosting, best email hosting and much more. There are providers who can provide cheap professional web hosting services under $10 a month and some providers even provide a free domain forever.  If you are also looking for a web hosting provider, do check out

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Guess What Fruit This Is

When I saw these fruits that my mil bought from the SS2 market on Sunday, I was really amazed. The fruit is very light, has very smooth and shiny skin and looks exactly like a toy fruit. You have any idea what fruit this is?

These are passion fruits or markisa. They aren’t very costly – RM10 for 8 fruits. To eat the fruit, just cut it into half and scoop out the seeds. You can also scoop out the seeds, put them in a pitcher, throw in some ice cubes and honey and you’ll get fresh passion fruit drink!  Easy way to make your kids drink water, they’ll love this drink.

Click here to see the cold green tea soba/noodles that I cooked for the gals.

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Medical Assistants

When my pediatrician told me that Baby C has urinary tract infection (UTI) earlier this month, I was devastated. When he told me that the UTI was most likely caused by a kidney reflux problem, my heart sank. I felt as if I was in a nightmare that would not end. My mind fast-forwarded to the worst case scenario and I almost wanted to cry in the hospital. There were a couple of medical assistants at the doctor’s office and one of them cheered me up. She kept talking to me and made me feel better. It is important for a medical assistant to be compassionate, kind and amiable as their pleasant disposition would bring some cheer to patients and their loved ones.

One of the quickest ways to begin a career in healthcare is to become a medical assistant. A medical assistant is not a nurse. A medical assistant job provides a variety of medical and administrative duties and provides the educational stepping stone necessary to advance to other medical careers. If you would like to take on the challenge to be involved in this noble job, you can get your medical assistant training or certificate from a recognized medical assistant school. You do not necessarily have to attend the traditional classrooms at strict timings in a medical assistant school. You can now get a medical assistant certificate in just 6-8 weeks at your own flexibility by pursuing the program online. To learn more about this online program, visit today.

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