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If  you are earning 700 a month, will you spend 600 on your phone bill, just  because you are so in love with this girl and you two are apart?

If you are the mother of a young man, earning 700 a month, spending 600 on his phone bill, because he is in love with a girl,  what will you do ?

A mother who is rich and crazy for a grandchild: It’s ok. We are rich. We are still not too old. If you two like each other so much, get married as soon as possible. If you have children, we will help look after them. Don’t worry…

Can you make sure you can stay long enough, strong enough and rich enough, forever, to take care of your son and your grandchildren ? ? ?

A mother who is supertitious: It’s ok. According to the fortune teller, that is his match, the girl is his destiny. Ya, we also want him to find someone to get married and  build a family, accompany him . Though we are poor, let what will come come… May be things will change after he gets married… 

What if he did not change ? ? ?

A mother who is patient: Boy, you have to think and learn how to take care of yourself. You cannot simply spend like this. We don’t expect you to earn big money. But you have to plan the way you spend. If you are serious about this relationship, you have to be realistic, plan for your future.  You need to be able to ‘扛’ the responsibility of a family, your wife, your children, as a man. It’s not just simply “we love each other” and that’s it.

Will he listen? ? ?

A not-rich mother who is realistic,invited his son’s girl friend to dinner: Girl, I want to be frank. My son earn merely to support himself. Even us he is not able to take acre. We are living on his sisters expenses.If you are really so in love with him and still want to marry him, then you have to make sure you are prepared to go through any hardship in your life together. We got nothing mych to give except this house. And we are old and not healthy, so won’t be able to help much also if next time you two have children. So think twice before you decide. Don’t regret later. If regret later and divorce, we two old people also not able to rear our grand children. So think thoroughly.

Will he blame the mother for breaking up his 姻缘 ? Is she cruel ? ? ? How many mother will do considerate and not selfish, and save a girl life ? ?

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My husband’s colleague shared this interesting story about Steve Jobs.

If you are working in Apple, and if you bump into Steve Jobs in the lift, make sure you are prepared to answer this from Steve, “What are you doing in my company?”

If you are not able to give a good answer, don’t know what you are doing, doing nothing much, that gives Steve impression that you are taking his company salary and contribute nothing, no value added, “骗吃” in Cantonese, be prepared to get sacked/fired.

Hahaha …  if this is real, how I wish Steve was running our government. I think we can cut down the number of government servants and ministers we are feeding by more than 50%.

Ya, we need an Apple kingdom.Apple-logo.svg

Bumped into some of the sample clips in YouTube, teaching BM grammars, by Mr Lee Choon Hock, for Secondary students.

Cool… now only I know what is the different when saying ‘mengindahkan’ and ‘memperindah’.

Check it out:

First, this is the book I use to teach my girls BM Penjodoh Bilangan.

The book is organized in such a way that the first 10 pages are contents/text, the remaining 20 over pages are exercises/ worksheets.

What I did is, first few times, the girls just read the 10 pages of text. No doing the exercise, no testing. Just read once daily (almost).

Then, when they can read fluently, (like after 10 days or so), I started to ask them to do one page of exercise after reading all the first 10 pages of text.

So now, it’s reading 10 pages, do 1 page exercise, almost daily. This way they won’t get stressed when doing the exercise since they got revision before answering the questions. I check their answers almost immediately. And again, no scolding if they make mistake. Just let them know the correct answer, and praise them on their progress.

“Wah, you get so many questions correctly.”

“Good try.”


I find this way helps. Now they can remember all the penjodoh bilangan in this book.

How much time spent a day to do this? Less than 10 minutes.

How much time to see the results? The girls have been doing this for more than 20 times.

I always tell them, there is no way one just read one time, no revision,  then can remember for the rest of the life.


After reading an old Sin Chew Jit Poh article about education, there are many many thoughts lingering in my mind.

I would still like to opt for an education system that has exam. I heard now the primary school has reduced exam to two times a year. One mummy shared with me, she still preferred to have it 4 times a year. Her reason was like this:

In the 5 months plus without exam, if the children(parents) were not discipline enough to study(coach), and only study when the exam came, the scope covered was quite a lot. Imagine those children who were lagging, and stay un-noticed by their parents, then the children(and parents) had to work very very hard to catch up during the exam.

That was her experience teaching her daughter to prepare for exam.

I like to link the exam system to what I’ve learnt from IT Service Management course. It’s actually very similar to the Continual Service Improvement (CSI) process in Service Management. Have a look at the below screenshot.

So, you see. Exam questions preparation is equivalent to step 1 and 2, where the school need to ‘plan’ what to measure.

Then the actual exam is equivalent to step 3 and 4, the students ‘do’ the exam.

Next, use the outcome of the exam result, do analysis and assessment to come out with an improvement action plan, which is step 5 and 6 in the above diagram. I guess this map to our Exam system as “teacher giving back the exam paper, and  the correct answers.”

Now, the part that is missing is “implement corrective action” – step 7. May be some older students might know what to do to help themselves. But a lot of time, for younger children, I guess parents need to take up this action items. Children tends to ignore / try to get away from subjects they are not good at.

Make sense ? … I think so.

I love I.T.

mm… Interesting… check out this Holiday Camp organized by Maybank Money Tree

Suitable for : Children aged 6 to 8 years old
Duration : 4 hours

Details :
The main objective of this camp is to build up your child’s interest in financial education.
In this half day camp, we will help your child understand the concept of money and help them develop some basic,
but important money habits.
Delivery of this camp will be via MoneyTree’s interactive lessons – combining activities,
stories and teachings to maximize your child’s learning experience!

Camp Itinerary:
 Camp rules & ice-breaking - 30 minutes
 Why learn about money?
How did money came to be? - 90 minutes
 Tea break - 15 minutes
 Money Habits Around The World - 90 minutes
Money Treevia (Quiz)
 MoneyTree Auction & Ending - 15 minutes

By the end of the camp, students would:
1. Understand the importance and advantage of learning about money
2. Develop appreciation and interest towards financial education
3. Know the history of money (how money evolved over time)
4. Acquire the Right Money Habits - Save Early, Save Often - Plan Before Spending









These are the books I am looking for.

All this while, I can only find tatabahasa exercise book, with 1/2 pages of exercise for each tatabahasa topic.

I still believe in repetitive practice to acquire such knowledge. It’s too much to expect Ling to pick up the whole, let say, Kata Gandi Nama after she was  just being taught once in school, and did the most two pages of exercise.

With this book, I can let her do the practice for, let say, Kata Gandi Name, one page everyday. I believe by the time she finishes all exercises, she will be good in this topics.


November 2011

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