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Birthday Thoughts

Last week I turned 39. One year older and certainly very much wiser. It has been a turbulent 2017 with many high and low moments.  I had to learn and unlearn many different lessons and it has certainly been empowering.   It was a quiet  no cake affair this year as spend my special day with my love ones.  Spending time and communicating with them are more important then spending on parties and unhealthy foods.

Since last year I have started to put myself first.  I’ve  been focusing more on what I need and being more assertive.  I’m no longer bending over back for others who disregard my needs.  I’ve taken back control and removed bad relationships.  I’ve a clearer picture of what works and what doesn’t for me. You can say I know exactly where I want to be and how to achieve it.

Doggie Boy and Me

Doggie Boy and Me

The kids are growing up fast and I’m constantly challenging myself to improve myself by getting in touch with the various new educational software and techniques that are in the market and tailor them to their learning abilities.

Each of them have different learning styles and  I had to rely on many external resources to enhancing their learning experiences and make their academic learning journey easier.  You can say it was a hit and miss finding out what worked best for each child.  Besides focusing on their academics I’ve continued with working on their holistic development and teaching them different techniques of dealing with the array of emotions that they have been experiencing.

The main stream education system focuses too much on academics and paper chase and grossly neglects the emotional well being and spiritual growth of a child. This I feel is extremely important and something that I really have to emphasize on with my kids.  I’m seeing more and more emotionally weak kids which are the product of neglect and indifference by parents who seem more interested in chasing the almighty dollar and personal interests then giving the proper guidance to their kids.

There has been a increase in child suicides, drugs and alcohol abuse.  These are evidence of emotional immaturity and also lack of guidance that result in tragedy for those kids who ended up wasted or dead as a result of negligence. I seriously do not wish for my kids to end up as one of these type of statistics and will do everything in my capability  as a single parent to ensure that they grow up balanced.

Tiger girl and me

Tiger girl and me

It’s not all serious and studying without having fun in my household. The kids and I have been going out quite a lot  to play and this has kept everyone relatively stress free.  We have been indulging in more sports  and go swimming weekly now.  I’m still keeping up with my 1-to-1 bonding time with each kid so they get their special time with me.  We too get up to many quirky and fun stuff like playing with the different apps that they have online nowadays.

I’m also cooking much more this year and in more variety as I’m trying out  more healthy dishes and increasing my stable cooks for the weekly menu.  I still introducing more new foods and adjusting their taste and ingredients. I’ve cut off cow’s milk and replaced it with oat milk and am gradually phasing out all processed/ can foods with healthy options. We are also eating less rice and bread and option for more vegetables and fruits instead.  I’ll be studying in detail Keto style of eating and going through the new Keto cookbook that I’ve purchased.

How has it been since your last birthday?

 

 

 

 

Piece of Peace World Heritage Exhibition

{ Media Invite}

The Historical Town of Guanajunto

The Historical Town of Guanajunto

A few weeks back the kids and I went for the Piece of Peace World Heritage Exhibit over at Fort Canning Arts Centre. It was the first time that the kids and I attended a Lego Exhibition. The kids have been  exposed to Lego since young.

They love creating their own models and playing  with them. Sometimes they create their own mini cities with the lego sets that we have at home.

The windmill of Holland

The windmill of Holland

 

On the 2nd level of the exhibition  we were given a visual treat of the various world heritage exhibits. Looking at the  lego windmill reminded me of the  actual windmills that I saw in Holland during my European trip in my teenage years.

The Red Square in Moscow

The Red Square in Moscow

This famous cathedral in Kremlin is a place which I have yet to visit.  It is certainly a really marvelous work of art dating back to the 14  century.

The statue of Liberty

The statue of Liberty

USA is another place which is on my place to visit in the future. It would be certainly great to see this monument close up if the opportunity arises.  This scale size model is also one that is towering above the rest of the exhibits in the room.

The Giant Pandas

The Giant Pandas

This must have been one of the cutest exhibit on display. The  playful nature of the giant pandas from the  Sichuan GiantPanda Sanctuaries  were clearly depicted in the exhibit.  It’s really ingenious how the Lego masters  design, calculate and build such exhibits from scratch.

Chili Crab exhibit made by a participant in the Lego Competition

Chili Crab exhibit made by a participant in the Lego Competition

On the lower level of the exhibition were the entries to the Lego competition that was recently conducted. Entries for the adult and kids category were on display  in standing cabinets.

Tiger girl posing for a picture at the photo taking area

Tiger girl posing for a picture at the photo taking area

While I was looking at the  exhibits by the contest finalists  Tiger girl was busy posing for photos at the kids play area.  There was a ramp to race your lego cars and few lego play areas for kids of different ages.

Tiger girl posing with her favourite FRIENDS characters

Tiger girl posing with her favourite FRIENDS characters

Tiger girl has a few sets from the Friends’ series and couldn’t wait to take a picture with her favourite characters.   She would bring Mia and Emma around their supermarket and ice-cream parlor when she plays with them at home.

The Lego Movie screening in the park

The Lego Movie screening in the park

It was the first time for us to watch a movie at Fort Canning Park and we were ill prepared  for it. The kids and I ended up seating at the steps as we didn’t bring picnic mats to sit on the grass like some of the other visitors did.  It  would be nice if mats and refreshments were provided during the movie screening though as  we left halfway when seating on the steps got a bit too uncomfortable but not before Tiger girl got her memorabilia- Ninjago Face Mask.

Tiger girl wearing her Ninjago Mask

Tiger girl wearing her Ninjago Mask

The Piece of Peace Would Heritage  Unesco world Heritage Art Exhibition is on display at the  Fort Canning Art Center till the 3rd of September.

The exhibition is opened from 10am – 9pm on Weekdays and 10am- 12am on Weekends.  Tickets  can be purchased at the door . For more information do visit their Facebook Page .

Disclaimer:  We were invited to attend the Unesco World Heritage Art Exhibition – Piece of Peace World Heritage Exhibit Built with Lego Brick. All opinions are 100% mine