Friday, May 7, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

I received a lovely card from Eryn two days ago. She handed it to me and said that it was for me. I was touched by her simple yet meaningful gesture. Below is what the card looks like.

Yesterday, she left another mother's day card on my laptop. She didn't say a word about it and had quietly put it on my table. She was a little naughty yesterday and I had scolded her. So, later that night, when I opened my laptop, I saw that tiny little card. I touched my little heart and when she came downstairs to drink a glass of water, she came to me and whispered to me, "Mummy, did you get my card? I made it for you"

Brendan woke up this morning asking for some colour papers. I asked him what it is for and he said that he was going to make me a mother's day card. He didn't manage to make it cos his teacher called me to say that he was feeling unwell. So I rushed to school to pick him up and he told me, "Mummy, sorry, I didn't get to make you a mother's day card". awww... so thoughtful of him.

Being a mother changed my perception of life. I left a wonderful working life to start fresh in a totally different area to have more time more myself and for my children. It was never an easy journey but I'm learning and taking it one day at a time. From being a new mum, to those crazy breastfeeding days, to the ups and the downs and many more to come, I gave up my 9-5 career (more like 7-9) so that I could be available for my kids whenever they need me, just like how my mum was always there to meet to our basic needs.

To all mothers and grandmothers, and especially to my mum and sis,  HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY. Here's a poem I found on the net dedicated just for you.
Your mother is always with you...
She's the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street.
She's the smell of bleach in your freshly laundered socks.
She's the cool hand on your brow when you're not well.

Your mother lives inside your laughter.
She's crystallized in every tear drop.
She's the place you came from,
   your first home.
She's the map you follow
   with every step that you take.
She's your first love
   and your first heart break.
and nothing on earth can separate you.
Not time, Not space,
Not even death,
   will ever separate you
from your mother.

You carry her inside of you...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Std One Assessment

I just don't get it. What's with our school syllabus, specifically, chinese school syllabus. I get crazy just looking at Brendan's book. I mean, he's in standard one this year and his level of education is similar to that of mine when I was in standard three, I think. I was told that this instill the discipline in them, thus they are hardworking and committed and that's why they make superb businessman and disciplined in their adult lives.

How can he comprehend the 'sukukatas' when he doesn't even understand the BM word? How can he write sentences in Mandarin when he had just started school not too long ago.

I'm even more surprised that he enjoys his subjects, especially maths, mandarin writing and science!

As I reflect back to my school days, I remember that I was an all rounder, and I enjoyed sports and music. I represented school in netball and atheltics and I got distinction most of the time in my music classes. I took my music in diploma when I was in form 4. Having said that, I was never good in studies. I was always one of those who is always at the bottom of the class. Well, not too bad, considering the fact that I'm always in the top class of the school. So, what the heck!

Hubby is worst! He ponteng school, his results were never good. But he turned out to be one hard-working chap now and good in the job that he's doing apparently. hehe..

Now back to my kids. I've been delaying sending my kids for tuitions or music/dance classes, swimming and badminton classes, but I'm just so not up to it. They have the energy, but not me. They can do all that later if they want, so I'm not going to stress myself to send them here and there for now. *bad mummy*

Oh well. Brendan's half year exam is starting next week. His daycare centre has been reviewing his school work and they recently did an assessment based on 21 standard one 2009 half year exam papers from various schools in PJ (SJKC Han Ming, SJKC Serdang Baru, SJKC Lick Hung, SJKC Yak Chee and another school) . I'm very surprised at his achievement! He proudly told me he did it all by himself. No guidance, no reference and no copying. And he wants more! Oh dear... I'm going nuts just looking at this papers.

Here's the summary of his so-called trial exam done at the daycare centre.

English - 3 papers from different schools. Marks : 100, 96 and 100.
Maths - 4 papers from different schools. Marks : 95, 100, B+ and B
Chinese - 4 papers from different schools. Marks : 89, 98, A+ and A+
BM (Penulisan) - 2 papers from different schools. Marks : 78 and A+
BM (Pemahaman) - 3 papers from different schools. Marks : 78, 93 and 92.
Science - 4 papers from different schools. Marks : 100, A, A and A.

Great job, Brendan!


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