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Archive for November 2009

Went to this book fair. Got a few good bargain books and vcd. In PelangiBooks stores, they have story books as cheap as 50 cents. Also another book store, they are selling those workbooks @RM1 each – while stock last. There are a few book stores from China where I bought some nice 绘本with stories originated from Japan, German, Australia, Sweden, @discounted rate.

I find some new things compare to last book fairs: seems like there are a lot more bilingual stories books for young reader (English and Chinese) , a lot of it have big wording, nice pictures, simple and interesting stories. I have to keep telling myself, I must control my budget.. too tempting already.  And also, I find a lot more educational comic books (suitable for school children) as compare to last time, and to my surprise, I saw a lot of these comics translated from Korea and Japan (some are best seller).  … another temptation .. I have to tell myself, wait till the girls are old enough and bring them to choose for themselves.

Also there are famous educational VCDs selling @buy 2 free 1. I saw the Wriggles in the rack as well. I bought 3 Magic School Bus, a science series for children. I have yet to find out whether my girls like it or not. This series are introduced by a wonderful dad I get to know online.

And there are book stores for religious books. I got 2 free education Buddhist CD for children from the Singapore Jen Chen Buddhist Books Publisher. I hope the girls will love it too.

In short: GO GO GO …. MUST GO 🙂

One of the Bao Bei’s teacher shared with me that during flash card session, they mainly focusing on flashing the cards and pronouncing the word accurately; no explanation of the word, where it’s used. The explanation comes later, and definitely not during the flash card session. Based on their experience, example given, if they show the card ‘书’ and teach by saying ‘书’, ‘书包的书’, the children tends to link(remember) the word to ‘书包’ instead of just the character ‘书’. When they are shown the word card, they tend to answer it’s  ‘书包’ instead of the single word ‘书’.

This is the same technique taught in my reading center last time. The franchiser also shared with me, when teaching new words, just flash, repeat, and say it loud and clear only. Explanation session should come separately later when going through the textbook, reading the paragraph made of the words.

So, after all, they are the same findings from two different reading schools 🙂

p.s. In Heguru, they arrange the Chinese flash card in another way. E.g. the flash in the following sequence:






  • Sadness  
  • Fatigue   √  (lie on bed most of the time)
  • Abandoning or losing interest in hobbies or other pleasurable pastimes   √ (not even his favourite show)
  • Social withdrawal and isolation (reluctance to be with friends, engage in activities, or leave home)   √ (reluctant to leave home, except go to hospital)
  • Weight loss; loss of appetite   √ (all food taste so badly and no appetite)
  • Sleep disturbances (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, oversleeping, or daytime sleepiness)   √ (though we see him doze off and snoring aloud, he still claims that he cannot sleep at all)
  • Loss of self-worth (worries about being a burden, feelings of worthlessness, self-loathing)   √ (very)
  • Increased use of alcohol or other drugs   Χ (not really, no alcohol, but new medicine(antibiotic and painkiller) to take after the surgery. Can it be drug? But he finished them already)
  • Fixation on death; suicidal thoughts or attempts   √ (the first one)


Oh dear …


While watching their favourites Yo-yo 晚点名

Ying, “I  like the yellow boy.”

Ling, “Oh, that is 香蕉哥哥.”

Ying, “No, that is 香蕉 ko ko.”

so coincident on the screen they were displaying the character name “香蕉哥哥” at the corner, Ling quickly ran and pointed to show her sister, “See, it’s 香蕉哥哥.”

Ying, “Oh, 香蕉哥哥.”

Phew, thanks Ling. Good sister.

This is common problem faced when speaking other Chinese dialect at home.

My ex-students from Cantonese speaking family have most of this problem. They used to say,





For your information, 1 new class will commence on 25 November 2009, details as below:


Commencing Date:    25 Nov 2009 – 21 Dec 2009
Day:                          Monday, Wednesday & Thursday
Time:                        10am to 12pm
Duration:                   5 weeks course (12 Lesson)
Age Group:               6 – 12 years old
Course Fees:             RM 400 per person
Course Material:        RM 20 per person
Registration Fee:        RM 30 per person

Please be inform that the enrollment need to be done before the commencement to ensure the status of the class.


Inter-Cultural Language School (ICLS) – Subang Branch
No. 72, Jalan SS15/4D,
47500 Subang Jaya
Tel:03-5635 0393

Saw this banner at the entrance to Puteri 12.


Must read.

This is a wonderful blog though I am not a Christian. Please do have a look here.

About Home: In Proverbs 24:3-4 says
By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established, and by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

About Discipline: In Proverbs 19:18
The Living Bible translation says:
Discipline your son in his early years while there is hope. If you don’t, you will ruin his life.

The Good News Bible says:
Discipline your children while they are young enough to learn. If you don’t, you are helping them destroy themselves.

Distinction between Abuse and Discipline: In Proverbs 15:13, it says:
A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.

And lastly, I like the 3 points Mabel highlighted:

1. Start early

2. Stay balanced

3. Be consistent


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