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Thanks to Mr Luqman for  commenting on the previous posts on Dyslexia. Please do visit to his wonderful blog, sharing his experience and insight of teaching children in Dyslexia.

The Bureau of Learning Difficulties in Penang is organizing a Holiday Chinese Reading Program for Dyslexia Children during this coming year end holiday. It is open for children age 6-8 years old.  The reading program will start from 21 Nov till 16 Dec, from Monday to Friday, in Penang.

Interested parents can bring their children for examination session held between 10 Oct to 28 Oct, to check if the children are suitable for this program or not.

Details are in the below newspaper cutting. Also in it are Dyslexia centers in other places in Malaysia. Thanks again to Sin Chew for publishing this helpful info.

This week Sin Chew Jit Poh has some article about Dyslexia – A general term for disorders that involve difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols, but that do not affect general intelligence.

It’s very useful and I just know that Tom Cruise and the first Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew also has Dyslexia. According to the article, if diagnose early, it can be overcome.

Below are some symptoms outlined for Dyslexia:

– difficulty to read, to differentiate words and symbols

– when reading, easily miss out or skips some words

– unable to differentiate or imitate teacher’s pronounciation

– when writing, make mistake in the position (top/bottom, left/right), or the ratio of the letter/character that he/she writes

– take a lot of time or show difficulty in writing homework or copying from blackboard

– unable to finish his/her homework independently without any help

– unable to do counting by heart, must use fingers or objects

– unable to comprehend mathematics problem

– unable to describe what is taught by teachers or activities in school

– no good in self management and life skill

– unable to focus

– easily feel defeated, accompany by behavior problem

– has difficulty making friends, and not welcome by schoolmates

What ios “Logos Help” ? This is extracted from their website:

“The ship visits each port for several weeks each and open the gangways to hundreds and sometimes thousands of visitors each day. On average, over one million visitors have been welcomed on board every year! The floating book fair offers over 5,000 titles, providing many visitors their first-ever opportunity to purchase quality educational and Christian literature.”

Though we are not Christian, but I think it’s a good experience for the girls to visit a book fair on a big ship. Ya. they haven’t onboard a ship before.

There are more coverage one this ship today on Sin Chew as  well :






I got this valuable document from my old classmate. It’s a recipe from a Cancer survivor, Doctor Tom Wu. He was diagnosed with lung cancer at the age of 30. And with the change of his diet, he managed to overcome the disease.

You can download the document hereCANCER-SURVIVOR-DR-TOM-WU.Do share with others.

Below are extracted from the document. Also Dr Tom Wu advised to avoid fried and greasy food.
1. Have at least three bowel movements a day.
Other health experts may advise one bowel movement a day, but Dr Wu says that’s not
enough. You need three to four bowel movements a day in order to excrete all the
accumulated faeces from your intestine.. Your liver will not be overburdened and it also
helps reduce cholesterol in your body.

2. Drink at least three glasses of fruit or vegetable smoothies each day.
This is a way to ingest enough phytochemicals to strengthen the body’s cells and immune
system. Use not only the flesh, but also the skin and seeds of fruits and vegetables to
make smoothies, as they are rich in phytochemicals. Most of the fruit seeds have small
amounts of cyanide which kill bacteria and viruses without damaging the body.
Actually the recommended smoothie diet is six glasses a day, two in the morning, one
before lunch, two more in the afternoon, and one more before dinner. However, if that’s
too much, you may start with three glasses a day. Use a high powered blender (at least
three horsepower) as it can release phytochemicals from the fibre. It’s best to choose sour
fruits like green or red apples, grapes, pineapples, kiwi and lime.
Foods rich in phytochemicals

3. Sunbathe 30 minutes daily.
We often hear that the Sun’s UV rays will damage our skin, and many people apply
sunblock before going out. But Dr Wu says the opposite.. He says the UV rays will help
convert cholesterol underneath the skin into vitamin A which helps moisten the skin and
prevent skin cancer, and also vitamin D that helps prevent colds, osteoporosis, and certain
kinds of cancer.
“Therefore, use the Sun. Expose yourself to sunlight about one-half hour a day, at noon
or another appropriate time based on your local climate. The Sun will make you
healthier,” says Dr Wu.

4. Exercise 30 minutes a day.
Don’t exercise for more than 30 minutes. If you go beyond that, your body will be
overworked. “If you do it more than half an hour, that will become labour, not exercise..
Your heart and your body will be working too hard,” he says.

5. Shower with hot, then cold water.
Try an alternating cold and hot water shower: Three minutes of hot water followed by 30
seconds of cold water, then repeat twice more. This process will bring a rush of blood and
energy to your body. It helps increase your immune system, blood circulation, and

6. Drink a lot of water, in the correct way.
How much water you need to drink each day depends on your specific situation. If your
office is air-conditioned, drinking six glasses of water a day is enough. If your work
involves lots of walking, you have to drink 8-10 glasses a day. If you work under the hot
sun, then 10-12 glasses of water are required.
The way you drink is also important. The correct way is to sip it little by little, to give
your body cells time to absorb the water. If you drink the whole glass down at once, your
cells can’t absorb it all, and the water will be excreted as urine.

7. Eat according to your blood type..
Your blood type determines what you should eat. Eating the wrong foods will make you
People with blood type O have to eat a certain amount of meat. If they eat only
vegetables for a long time, their body won’t absorb all the substances they need to
strengthen their immune system. The recommended diet for this group is 75% vegetables,
10% fruits, 10% meat, seafood and goat’s milk (avoid cow’s milk), and 5% grains.
People with blood type A, however should avoid milk and meat, while increasing grains
and fruits. People with blood type B should also avoid meat, while those with blood type
AB should avoid chicken and beef.

8. Eat according to your biological clock..
Every human being has a biological clock that tells us when to eat, sleep, and wake up. If
you don’t follow your biological clock, the organs will lose their balance. Toxins and
wastes won’t be excreted from your body, and soon you’ll get sick.
According to Dr Wu, the biological clock is divided into three phases.
From 4am to noon is the time for bowel movements, so in the morning you should eat
foods with lots of fibre. Fruit and vegetable smoothies are recommended.
From noon to 8pm, your body will absorb food so lunch is the most important meal. A
vegetable salad with grains is recommended. Fish or boiled eggs can be added to your
lunch. Avoid meat at dinner as the amino acids in the meat will disturb your sleep. Try to
finish dinner by 6pm.
From 8pm to 4am, the nutrients and energy from food will be distributed throughout your
body organs. The golden time for your sleep is between 10pm and 2am, as your immune
and self-healing system will function at its best.

Footnote: Dr Wu was in Malaysia in November 2008 to give a series of talks. His book
“Smoothie Formula” is available at Popular Bookstores.

I like my husband’s view on this issue: the argument between Theresa and Wei about the land in Wawasan 5, Puchong, that the Tamil primary school applied for it first.

If we forget about all political/racial sentiment in this issue, just look at the urgency. In Puchong, it’s all well known that the population here needs a Chinese primary school urgently. Every year there are > 400 primary students have to travel far to study outside Puchong. Where as for the Tamil school, it is already there in Puchong area, functioning and serving the community.

At this very moment in time, we have only one land available (again, another side question, why gov only has one land). So it’s common sense that we should  address the most critical issue first, which is to build a Chinese school ASAP. And at the same time, look for another land for the Tamil school. There is NONE Chinese school that the community needs now, but the Tamil school is already in existence.

So what do you say, which one should go first, for the sake of the community?

Sigh… those politicians…

“Ling, please change to your pajamas, and put your dress  into washing machine. ”

“But I just wore this dress for a short while oo. Can I continue wearing it tomorrow?” Ling loved the dress.

“It’s dirty already. I don’t want to hang a dirty clothes over night in my room.”

“Ya, later cockroach come and eat your dress.” Ying continued almost immediately.

We all laughed. Preview

“No dear, cockroach don’t like to eat dress.” I explained.

“What does cockroach eat?” Ying continued.

“ee…… I think crumb. That’s why I said cannot eat in your room, remember? You don’t want cockroach to come to your room, right? ”

“Oh ya, crumb.” Ying smiled. “I know I know, then I put some crumbs in living room.”

“NO!” Ling shouted almost immediately.

“Why do you want to put crumbs in living room, dear?” I asked.

“Cause I don’t want anything to be starving.” Ying explained with a sad face.

“Oh, .. then you can put the crumbs outside the house. Cockroaches can go and eat outside.”

“Ya. ” Ying cheered up already.

.. I am glad you have a kind heart, though you don’t like cockroach. 🙂

Saw this advertisement in Sin Chew. Very interested. My housekeeper recommended me to take enzyme drink recently. Ya. Have to stay healthy for my children. Can’t bare the thought I am not there for them.

Ling’s completed her JMC and yesterday was her graduation concert.

Actually was quite disappointed by what is arranged. Firstly, the center is not able to secure a stage for the concert, and they just did it in front of the center = shop walkway. Then not enough chairs for the audience whom are mainly the children’s family. I saw two grandparents had to go in the center to source for their own chair.

When the concert started, parents could hardly find a good spot to take the photo/video of their children’s performance without blocking others. It’s a flat land. So, parents who wanted to take a shot not able to get a good one, parents who wanted to watch the show, couldn’t see a nice one. Luckily all these great young musician performed very well despite all this chaos. We all (Ling’s class parents) agreed that the children performed excellent and better than their practice in class.

 to the children.

 Double thumbs down for the music school/center who organized it.

p.s. To make it worse, I could not find slightest smiling expression in the principal/head of the center’s face.


September 2011

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