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January 21, 2014

Growing my own arrowhead plant

Filed under: Celebration,CNY — chinneeq @ 2:46 pm

Each year I see my friends growing their arrowhead plant on FB with the “Ngaku bulbs” from the market and I thought I would also wanna try this time as it looks rather easy, so I am going to try this time.
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Got some bulbs from the wet market ( you can also easily buy them in Jusco or any supermarket). It took almost a week for them to sprout.

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For easy care, I just leave it next to my sink so I can easily change water daily (as it smells too). See the leaves growing? Am going to decorate it with red ribbons once they all grow up bigger :)

December 27, 2013

List of School Bags available in Malaysia

Filed under: Parenting,Primary,QQ — chinneeq @ 2:32 pm

Often, we asked each other, for recommendation on our kids’ school bags. Unlike our time, kids today have to carry heavy loads to school daily. Although they do follow time table daily, skipping a subject or two in a day seems to make no difference on the weight of their school bags.

It is really pitiful to see our little ones exposed to the risk of damaging their back like that at young age.

Usually Standard 1 children will be placed on the ground floor classes, so getting a trolley bag is the best.

Although trolley bags seems to be a good solution to the problem above, however not totally as the kids still need to carry their “even heavier bags now that it has an extra sets of wheels ” up and down across some steps to the canteen or into school, crossing the mini drains here and there. Once a week or so, they might also require to carry their heavy bags up when they go to the library or computer classes which is normally situated on the upper floors.

Whatever we prefer, this is a compilation list of all the brands available in Malaysia.

Impact (ergo backpack) http://www.ergoland.com.my/bag-impact.html
Deuter (ergo backpack) http://www.deuteronline.com/
Swan (back carry & trolley) http://www.swanbag.com/html/products.aspx
Unme (back carry & trolley) http://www.unme.com.my/en/professional.html
Lego Bags – http://shop62641519.taobao.com/
POP Kids School Bag (both)  http://www.popular.com.my/GeneralSearchPage.aspx
Dr Kong School Bag (ergo backpack) http://www.drkong-malaysia.com/
SPI Bags (ergo backpack) http://www.ourkidsconnection.com/
Taiping Poly http://www.taiping-poly.com/
Yourbaby http://www.lelong.com.my/merchant/portenmaxsdnbhd.htm
Astrokid -https://www.facebook.com/coolim53/photos_albums

Among the above, on of the most sought would be Impact Ergo-Comfort Spinal Support School Bag if it is not for its price. Here, a backpack is selling at Rm369 at Isetan or direct from Ergoland.

This Impact Bag model by itself is already quite heavy and it is really heavy after fully loaded with books. However the curve at of the shoulder strap and the texture at the back is really superb compare to many. I guess this could help to support the weight, maintaining the right posture of the wearer.

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QQ’s New Impact

After using two Swan Trolley Bags (with handle torn from stitches, wheel frame broken apart twice despite after repairing, sigh…) we finally decided an Impact Backpack when she has to climb up to her class on the 3rd Floor in Standard Three.

If you are residing in Malaysia and wish to get one, it would be cheaper to get someone to buy from Singapore with about Rm100 cheaper than the  selling price here. Heard that Amway is carrying Impact brand too, at only Rm290 with an extra small backpack :)

QQ got hers from Singapore. It was SG$101 at Ergoworks with 15% extra discount using Passion card, thanks to my brother who brought it back for me before school reopens later last year.

 

December 23, 2013

Violin – going into Grade 3 soon

Filed under: QQ — chinneeq @ 2:05 pm

She just do better and better, in such a short time. QQ’s teacher is about to plan for this coming year music lessons for her students and she asked if I would allow QQ to be valuated at the exam this coming year in 2014.

I was hesitate by the idea as I do not wish to bore her by practicing examination songs one whole year. But hubby and teacher thought it would be good to send her for a valuation on her skill after taking violin lesson for a year already.

 

December 2, 2013

Legoland JB, 2013 Holiday

Filed under: Child's Play,Legoland JB,Parenting,Travels — chinneeq @ 11:48 pm

Initially I dreaded to go to this trip. Legoland was the last place I wanted to go, because we often listen to people complaining the park being too crowded and queuing under the sun is so unbearable.

However time is short so we made this last minute arrangement.

On 26th November morning, we drove down to JB a day earlier to checked into KSL Resort. It was Rm238 nett (corporate rate) with breakfast for triple bedding.

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Checking into KSL Hotel

It was the moment the kids were waiting for!

Upon arrival, kids, checked out what’s on  TV while waiting for their father to bring up our luggage into the room.

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“Dinosaurs Alive” Water Theme Park @ KSL Hotel

KSL Hotel is strategicly located in the middle of JB town, connecting to KSL Mall (which also has Tesco). This hotel has a very simple Water Park on it’s 7th Floor, with some easy slides for kids to spend time while their mums could enjoy a massage at Thai Odessey (at the connecting mall). Regret I did not went for it :(

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Wan Tan Mee @ Ho Seng Kee, Taman Century (a few roads away from KSL Hotel)

A rather convenient location for us to dine out as it is in the middle of the many famous eateries in JB.

Instead of dining leisurely in the hotel, I transfered our breakfast vouchers to the subsequent morning as our 2nd night stay did not include breakfast (even more expensive when I booked via Agoda).

We had a quick Wantan mee- breakfast at the very  famous Ho Seng Kee (with only some people in the shop we also had to wait for 20mins, *shake head*) before leaving to Legoland which is about 20mins drive away.

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Checking out the map while waiting for the park to open at 10am

We reached Legoland, Nusajaya very quickly via the Highway at around 9.30am. It was a sunny day but I had my BIG HAT with me, HO!HO!

Ticket purchase was very easy as there is no crowd on a Wednesday (surprisingly even though it was a school holiday). For cheaper entry, we used promotion as follow

  • *2 Adults, 2 Children -using  Oreo Buy 1 Adult , Free 1 Kid
  • 1 Child -using Reader’s Digest 35%

LEGO CITY (the first park, right from the entrance)

Kids want to drive so we shoot directly right into this section, Lego City upon entering just in case queue is long.

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@ LEGO CITY Junior Driving School (covered area)

Driving around was fun. The boys went many rounds as there were no queue at all! But they just go round and round on the track. Too bad adults can’t play.

Seriously, I wonder where did all the Malaysian kids went to. Err…mostly travel overseas?

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@ LEGO CITY Driving School

A bit bored driving by themselves at the small Junior Driving School, the boys went to join their sis at the at the Driving School for older kids. Waiting time over here is a bit longer for the adults as kids would need to attend a class before they can play each time. Can be pretty bored for the adults.

Perhaps by getting a permanent license from the Photo Booth, kids could get to skip attending the class each time. But since the waiting time was short, we did not bother to pay Rm35 for each license.

Over here, it was more exciting driving around here as the kids had to follow to rules (driving on left, with real traffic light, stopping at junctions and such) to avoid accident.

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@ LEGO CITY: Boating School

It was very hot when we got on the boat. No queue over here too *so happy*. Kids would be getting on the boat together with adults as it was quite challenging manuever the boat.

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@ LEGO CITY: Airport

All they did was going round and round, like the Jumbo Elephant in Genting. Hubby went with the kids while I hide in the shaded waiting area.

If only the weather is cooler! *sweat*

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@ LEGO CITY: Lego Rescue Academy

At the Rescue Academy, at least one adult presence is required as we need to help to move the Fire Engine and pump water upon reaching the building.

No queue at all because most adults might only wanna go once as it was too tiring to use so much energy under this kind of heat. By now (almost noon time), I was going to faint under the sun. Poor hubby continues to play with the kids while I took pictures and videos.

By the time they completed, he said, “No more next round!

LAND OF ADVENTURE (2nd park on the right, from the entrance)

@LAND OF ADVENTURE: Lost Kingdom Adventure (Pic from http://www.insidethemagic.net/)

After that, we quickly moved out from this section and straight for indoor to the laser shooting at the Lost Kingdom Adventure. It is something similar to the Disneyland Buzz Lightyear Ride, where it is dark inside.

My boys said it felt spooky inside because there was no one else playing. Sigh…see la, got crowd complain, no crowd also no fun to play!

IMAGINATION (Middle park right at the end)

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@ Imagination: Studio 4D

Seating capacity in the cinema is 300pax and we managed to complete watching all FOUR different Lego 4D movies throughout the day, YAY!!!

Couldn’t be more happier because it was so shivering cold in there (with lots of water spraying effect, plus the snowflakes)

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@ Imagination: View from Observation Tower

Love it in there because its air-conditioned too, hehe…..

LEGO KINGDOMS

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@ Lego Kingdoms: Royal Joust

On our way out for lunch, we stop by Lego Kingdoms to visit the castle for some pictures. There were several rides like roller coaster, spinning  boats in that section but the boys did not meet the height requirement. We skipped all rides @ LEGO TECHNIC as well…

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@Imagination: Build and Test

We went out to Medini Mall for lunch after that and went in for another 4D movie. Upon coming out from the cinema, it was raining so all rides came to a stop.

We then ran to nearby Build and Test where kids get to play with their creation. I think we spent almost an hour or so in there while waiting for the rain to stop.

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@ Miniland

Miniland was beautiful when lighted up in the evening. A cool evening after the rain was the best time to admire them.

I thought we should be heading home after one tiring day but hubby insisted to stay and let the kids play all they wished until the park closed *pout*

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*dragging my feet following them to their play all they want, at their favourite Nissan Driving School again*

So here they were, waiting for the Driving School to reopen after the rain stops totally.

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See how energetic were the kids. Driving in the dark plus cool weather was the best.  The kids went round after round until closing time.

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Walking to the car park, passing through The Mall of Medini where we had our lunch earlier.

We were very lucky in this trip as it only rained an hour in late evening while we were in the park. Furthermore, there was no crowd. What a blessing!

Goodbye to LEGOLAND, for all the fun! No regret though. We certainly had a great time in there :)

August 26, 2013

My 2013 Birthday

Filed under: Birthdays,Chin Nee — chinneeq @ 6:22 pm

I was surprise when I come back to my blog just now. Can’t believe that my last posting was a month back, on the 23rd July, which was also my birthday. Gosh!!!

We were busy in and out over the weekends because the boys wanna visit their cousin who just got his drum set when his father managed to save on LP Multi-Gajate Bracket at musician’s friend with this purchase.

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So back at home, hubby wants to get me a nice big cake but as we were having too much cake a month ago celebrating everyone’s birthday in June, I opted for a small simple Mango cake instead. But this year, he got me flowers!

What a pleasant surprise :p

 

July 23, 2013

Stop Taking Daily Nap

Filed under: Parenting,QQ,Then (Twin 2),Twins,Zhen — chinneeq @ 10:58 pm

I got tired of asking the boys to nap after school.

Finally I gave up and instead of forcing them into the room with me, I’ll take a short nap on the sofa instead while they play beside me.

Unlike previously, recently the boys communicate and play better and they can play rather long before any “fight” begins. After lunch and shower is done, they will just take out lots of toys to play together.

Sometimes they choose their favourite cartoon movie to watch while I’ll quickly catch a nap after daily emails is replied and delivery for Mama Patch is arranged.

Flannel Regular Pack-Flannel Cloth Pad, cloth pad, day pad, washable pad Groovy-

In case you are wondering what Mama Patch Handmade is about :)

Dinner will be ready very early too so I can get the boys to eat before the boys become cranky by late evening.

The best part is, they sleep by 8pm so we have the rest of the evening by ourselves, with our only girl :)

 

July 16, 2013

Jumping to Grade Two

Filed under: QQ,Violin — chinneeq @ 9:37 pm

It has been about 7 months since QQ attend her violin lesson. Initially it was all fun for the first two weeks, and then lots of struggle between me and herself for her daily practice.

Now she is getting stable in practicing her violin, *almost daily*, but at least she makes sure she gets a total of 2hour each week for her practice (good that her teacher gives her a monthly sheet where she records minutes of her daily practice plus a signature from parents, hehe)

Her teacher has recently just promoted her from Beginner level straight to Grade Two (with exam skipped, as I requested earlier), which I think is a bit too quick.  Of course her monthly music fee also increased from Rm110 to Rm130, but at least I am glad she has excel so well.

If only music fee is not that expensive not to mention the instruments that cost a bomb, I would be very happy if she would take up another instrument soon later.

July 5, 2013

Our house were almost broke into

Filed under: Parenting — chinneeq @ 7:56 pm

We had the most horrible encounter weeks back when a burglar almost break into our home.

It was almost 5am where all of us were soundly asleep in a room. Suddenly I heard one of our lock being opened and I was awakened to the sound of the lock. Amazing instinct, I would say!

True enough, our main glass sliding door was already opened and the burglar was in the midst of opening/cutting up the grill (or already successfully cutting up the grill ???)

I jumped up and quickly woke hubby and we were shivering real hard, trying as quiet as possible to reach for help through our hand phones. We dare not go out from the room, as we did not know how many people were down there, and if they already got into our house, making way towards our room :(

Silly us, we could not reach the police at any of the numbers we had and then I called some of my friends and neighbours to send help.

Every single second counts and I was breathing so loudly that I was so afraid I could be heard!

Luckily two policemen arrived very quickly. From our window, we saw that burglar who was in our garden, pretended to be the house owner, told the police that the suspect has ran away and we quickly shouted for help from our room window.

The burglar got panic and then climb to my neighbours’ home, trying to flee as he refused to surrender when the policemen took out their pistol.

To cut the story short, he was caught in the end and we were very badly shaken a few days after that.

However I do feel very grateful that non of us were hurt in the incident. Really cannot imagine what would happen to us if that burglar who was high on drug got into our home with a very big sharpened knife which was found in his bag!

 

July 2, 2013

10 Beautiful Years

Filed under: Chin Nee,Parenting — chinneeq @ 2:23 pm

I can’t believe we have been married for full 1o many years!

Looking back , it was quite a journey, with many ups and downs. Life with three kids is no longer the same as before and it will never be the same for sure.

Although there was storm and hurricane when two people from different background stays together, I feel very much settled down by now and I am beginning to enjoy our marriage even more now, always being around for him and for the kids.

With the empowerment of being the lady of this home, I feel a great sense of satisfaction and gratitude, when I manage everything at home well.

But of course the most important thing that I treasure most, is the great relationship and respect we have for each other (including kids) at home, to ensure the harmony of this family.

I feel truly blessed :)

June 1, 2013

A Meet up with old time blogging Mummies and our special Guests

Filed under: Outings — chinneeq @ 8:41 am

This was arranged months back, and with a blink of eye, it was Wesak, my first meet up with Jerry and his wife, Brenda who traveled all the way to Malaysia!

Jerry used to blog and that was how I became great friends over the year. Somehow he stopped writing years then (which is common for most of us who’s kids then grown up and we got busy) so we continue to keep in touch via Facebook.

Dear Agnes was a great host and she made the arrangement for a blogger gathering dinner at Port Village Seafood Restaurant. Ok, let the pictures do the talking then…

It was our first time driving right till the end of North Port. Gosh!! Its really a very FAR place from the city!

After we parked our car, we have to walk a nice long wooden entrance into the restaurant.

We reached there rather early (slightly before 7pm) but this place is almost packed already. Really wonder why people would travel so far to come to dine at this place!

Jerry Blakemore and his dear wife, Brenda

Perhaps, just like me, everyone must a have a good reason to be around.

Jerry still remembers seeing and reading about QQ on my blog when she was very little. So now QQ is 9ys so does that means we have been friends for almost a decade?

Gosh….how time flies and I am thinking how different I would look then compare to now, *hmm….

And not only Jerry who is from Texas, but these beautiful Mummies whom I have not met over so many years too although we are just staying so much nearer (compare to Jerry I mean..)

I remember the last meet up was an open picnic at TTDI park where some of us gather together to celebrate everyone’s birthday in June. The boys were only Age 1 then and the event was posted here.

So, time for another huge Mummies Blogger Meet? Hmm….anyone..anyone??

And here comes the great food that Jessie has ordered, yumzzz….. Obviously she is very familiar with this restaurant.

Here is a group picture of us (together with Jeff and Gina)

It was a fantastic great together for all of us, and Jerry and Brenda left the next day to Singapore and now they have arrived in Hong Kong.

 

May 20, 2013

A snake in our house!

Filed under: Parenting — chinneeq @ 11:06 pm

This morning I sent the boys to school alone while hubby decided to stay back at home to do some preparation for an early meeting. Half an hour after that, while I was still in the school compound, I suddenly received a call from my very worry hubby telling that there is a 2-feet-long black snake, in our living hall, hiding below QQ’s school back pack. He said he dare not go anywhere but will be standing there to watch the snake (in case it went away and hide elsewhere) so I have to come home quickly to assist.

I was really worry, but I know wise and calm hubby would surely settle it before I got home. True enough, he chased out the snake (with a broom, *faint*) and was already mopping the floor, checking elsewhere, and lastly wipe clean QQ’s schoolbag.  He ended up very late and he missed his meeting.

And since snakes are often sighted outside our house area (we lives near a jungle, really!), I just had to google for some info on how to handle snakes.

http://www.wikihow.com/Deal-With-a-Snake-in-the-House

  1. If you happen to come across a snake in your house, the first thing to do is to resist the urge to attack it with a broom or stick - oh dear, hubby just did this !
  2. Sometimes the snake will be on a floor surface. If so, the best thing to do is to place an object over it like a heavy blanket. The snake should immediately calm down and will feel secure if it can not see what is going on outside the blanket. Placing heavy objects around the edge will prevent the snake from slipping out from underneath it and going elsewhere. This will buy you some time to get help - err….i guess quickest way is to use a floor mat ?
  3. The next thing to do is call Animal Control and get them to send an expert to collect the snake. Usually they will catch and release it far from human habitat -in our country, I suppose we should call Bomba
  4. If the snake is found in a drawer or somewhere difficult to access, leave it alone; move all family members away from the immediate area and, most of all, do not attempt to interact with it at all -again, we should call our Bomba
  5. If you come across a venomous snake in the garden: get everyone away from it. Do not attempt to kill it. Most illegitimate bites happen when people try to kill a venomous snake. Call a professional rescue organization to relocate the snake away from human habitation. Other tactics include spraying it from a distance with a high-pressure hose or opening sprinklers. This will persuade the snake to leave the area - I guess we would not be able to identify if the snake is venomous so it is safer to leave it to Bomba ya…
  6. Next, find out why the snake came to your area.
    • Do you keep rodents or birds? -No, but my neighbour, who has great love for nature has got three bird nests on her tree!
    • Aanimals like chipmunks and squirrels are common -unfortunately we have plenty around :(
    • Mice - thank God we have not spotted any in our neighbour

8. A mouse can easily get through a hole the size of a pencil. Make sure there are no holes in your walls. Fill them     immediately. High-pitched sound devices are now becoming a popular way to discourage vermin from entering homes; evidence shows some positive results. Having such a device installed might be a good idea. Remember, snakes always follow their food source.

 *** Hubby came home very early and seal every single hole near the entrance today.  I was still joking that maybe a snake pays a visit to us, trying to let us know we should try for a snake baby. Well, maybe making one in snake year, but too late to be born as a snake baby, hehe…..

Jazz music

Filed under: Parenting — chinneeq @ 2:29 pm

I did not know how to appreciate Jazz music until recently. Came across some very nice soothing jazz music on radio recently and I think I fell in love with it. I was thinking, that by putting on this nice background music in the morning would certainly put us in good mood the first thing in the morning.

Time to download some nice music online. Anyone knows of any Jazz song names to recommend? Or any website where I can find them?

May 17, 2013

*Hibernating*

Filed under: Chin Nee — chinneeq @ 9:23 pm

It has been way too long since I wrote so I better write something now.

Just yesterday Alice sent me a message, asking me if there is some changes on FB as she no longer sees my update anymore. And then this morning, CK asked me again why she isn’t seeing anything updates from me on FB.

Well, there has been some minor changes again at home and I guess it somehow affects me indirectly.

Hubby has just recently decided to change his career path for good. He finally walks out from the dark tunnel he has comfortably traveled for the past 10 years and venture into a new great job opportunity that came by just in time. I feel very proud of him for his courage. However this transformation is rather challenging and I almost feel his job pressure in me too.

He would be able to handle it well, I am sure. No point worrying too much, I know but I just couldn’t help it.

And then the boys are facing some changes too. This year, they were separated for the first time in life, to go into different classes to walk their own journey. Not that they are missing each other (they aren’t close to each other anyway) but then their crying episode is coming back daily.

It started off with Didi and he cried *with eyes closed* almost everyday upon waking up from nap. And then now Korkor fuss over little things again and cry his lung out too on daily basis too.

Everyday I am feeling so mentally stress again, having to endure with their cries, like how it used to be when they were much younger.

QQ on the other hand is progressing fine too with her violin lesson and school.

Photo: Amazing, my little Didi can take curry noodle now :p

My little Didi, who can now take curry noodle at the Age 5

As for myself , nothing much happened except that I do not feel spending time on my computer.

So Shireen, I am not preggy with No4 yet, although I would rather be preggy than trying so hard to keep myself going easy from all these little stress at home.

The weather has been so humid and hot and I rather spend my afternoon shutting down myself, to hibernate and nap in our air-con room :)

April 24, 2013

Best friend’s birthday party

Filed under: Birthdays,Celebration,Parenting,Then (Twin 2),Twins,Zhen — chinneeq @ 10:07 am

Few weeks back, the boys attended their best friend’s birthday at Megakids Mid Valley. Believe or not, it was our first time going into Megakids since it opens!

Unlike other indoor playground we visited, the slides at Megakids are more challenging. My kids dare not play most of the spinning tunnels. But this place is really huge and fun. They love this place!

At the birthday party, there were lots of very beautiful “beyblade” cuppies which my friend ordered from Siew Li.


The kids were so excited that they hardly eat anything. Just can’t wait to play and play!

From early noon, they played right up till late evening. My dear friend then invited us to have dinner together at Yuzu with their family before we left that night.

It was really a fun but very tiring day for the kids as we only reached home at about 9.30pm that night.

The boys keep on asking us when they can visit Megakids again, and hub said, wait for another year, for their best friend’s birthday party, LOL!!!

April 17, 2013

Keeping quiet is the only way to win

Filed under: Parenting,QQ — chinneeq @ 5:36 pm

“QQ is a very obedient girl”, is the praise I often hear from QQ’s teachers. Although she a very quiet and shy girl, she is paying 100% attention to teachers in class, she remembers everything teacher said, she answers well when her teachers ask her a question.

But at home, she became the opposite. My advise falls on deaf ears, when we try to guide her in her homework, she demands an answer without putting effort even to read and understand the questions. Perhaps play is her priority and there is nothing more important than play (play = de-stress??)

After all she has to spend all her day time attending tuition upon waking up and then go to school until late evening. As parent, I do understand the need to rest, but what choice do we have? At the very limited hours at night after dinner, she must complete her school homework otherwise she won’t have time to do it the next morning.

And now, she do not even care to practice her violin anymore. Out of seven days in a week, I would only manage to get her to practice once after much of talking to her, which often ends up nagging.

She will usually just keep quiet to herself ignoring me when she refuse to do something. I guess she behaves like that because she knows no point arguing with this “All-Time-Win Mummy”. Keeping quiet and by ignoring me is the only way to win.

Sigh…I really don’t know how to deal with her……

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