Going To School

This year is an exciting year for us
Malcolm is finally in the morning session and spends more than 1/2 his day away from home
My husband has been so kind to send him to school every morning before heading off to work
This includes making breakfast while I get to sleep in with my preschooler
We wake up later, have breakfast, spend some time reading and playing before going to school

School for my preschooler is a brief 3 hours where he gets to eat his lunch and learn the rules
He was excited and it started off really well
No tear, no fear
I was so proud of him

But my happiness was short lived
He was bawling when I picked him up from school at the end of Day 3
The teacher was puzzled for he showed no sign of axiety for the first 2 days

Then the teacher told me that at 3 years 3 months old, he needs to learn to be more independent
She came to the conclusion after seeing how he fumbled with his little red bowl of soupy mee tai bak with a spoon, those short fat white noodle I used to eat when I was a little kid
I stopped short of telling her, give him a chopstick and soba noodles and he’ll show you how a 3 year old feeds himself

School was a struggle from Day 4 onwards
He ran, he hid, he struggled when it was time to put on his uniform
I chased, I cajoled, I bribed

Some days, I succeed
Some days, I feel like throwing in the towel

I know it must have been really scary when he doesn’t understand a single word the teacher speaks because everything is in Mandarin
Part of me wanted to give in to his plea and listen to his fear
Another part of me like to follow the chatter and noise, the assurance that all is normal

Give them 1 week or 2, they’ll get used to it
Is that how it is ?
Is that the best way ?
Is learning to conform to social norms necessary at this age ?

If  all is indeed normal, then perhaps we are the abnormal ones
trying to fit them into our industrial modeled education system at this early age

I had my answers and I could see the protective mum rearing its head
Ultimately the unspoken selfish reason could just be, I long for my daily dose of me-time
time to myself, without the kids

I was torn

Then my husband words of wisdom rang in my ears
that I should make a decision and stick with it
and I should be firm and not waiver
and he should understand that Mummy will always be there for him, through fear, triumph, laughter and tears

Dear Marcus,

Today is Day 15 of school

You still tell me that you are scared, that you don’t want to go school and you want Mummy

but you struggled less when it was time to put on your uniform

and seemed happy with the reason I gave you

that Mummy can’t stay with you in school because the table and chairs are too small and the food too little

We were early so I let you play a little longer with your toys

We even made a couple of lanterns and joined some dots before leaving for school

By then, you seemed to have forgotten your fear and told me to hurry up as we were running late

By the time we reached school, you were eager and anxious to look for your English teacher, Mrs Chan

I know you really like her, you love listening to her stories and she is perhaps the only reason why you go school

You kissed me goodbye and told me to have fun (the last time you said that to me was 12 days ago)

Mummy will and I hope you will too

Thank you for being such a brave boy

Love you, always





Back On My Feet

So I have not been feeling 100% since the kids started holiday last year

My body always find the perfect time to go on a strike

at my favourite time of the year, beginning of all the merriment


After what seems like a long haitus, I am glad to be back to my weekend routine

It is good to be working the heart and to be drenched in my own sweat

To smell the morning and not feel like a choked up pipe

To be panting and breathless and knowing that I can still go on despite that

On Saturday the Runkeeper recorded 8.66 km and 432 calories

I FINALLY managed to take a picture of this sapling struggling to survive

It was a sunless morning, the sun too weak to break through the clouds

making a perfect backdrop which have otherwise been too glraing

Then on Sunday, I was in time to catch a brief sun rise, before it was engulfed by the thick overcast

The Runkeeper reported 9.98 km and 519 calories


I could have probably gotten fitter spending half the time doing circuits, someone said

Or burn the same amount of calories with half the effort cycling



I am just glad to be back on my feet, running, breathing and adding pictures to my weekend run collection


Note : More pictures from my weekend run



Dear Mr Peter Jackson

My 8 year old watched The Hobbit and was a little disappointed that the story wasn’t exactly the same as what he read, so I got him to write a letter to the movie director

Dear Mr Jackson,

My name is Malcolm and I am 8 years old.
The other day my Dad brought me and my brother to watch your movie, The Hobbit.
We sat for 3 hours, ate popcorn and drank a lot of Coke.
My brother was very tired so he fell asleep.

The movie was very nice and I like it very much.
But I was a bit disappointed that the movie was different from the book.

Firstly, Bilbo should have had his breakfast and should have been halfway through his second when he received the note from Gandalf. In your movie, he has not had his breakfast yet.

It was Gandalf who tricked the trolls into fighting and not the trolls fighting without reason and there was no secret passage to Rivendell in the book.

In the book, Saruman and Gandalf knew about the Necromancer of Mirkwood, and Gandalf even said that all the dwarves add up wouldn’t be able to defeat him.

The goblins should have captured Bilbo along with the dwarves and Gandalf used his magic to kill the goblins instead of Bilbo managing to escape the goblins.

In the book, Gandalf put out all the torches, summoned all the smoke to him, transformed it into a storm of sparks before unleashing it to kill all the goblins.
Which was so different from the movie where the goblins just ran away.

There are more but it is too difficult for me to put everything here.

Finally your movie covered only the first 129 pages (of the 351 page book).
There should be a Part 2 and I can’t wait for it to come out.

But please Mr Jackson, can you don’t make so much changes to Part 2 because the story is nice the way it is.

~ from an 8 year old fan in Singapore


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