Friday, 26 June 2009

Moving down south

Sometimes, we never gonna know what the future will be. No doubts there will be plans that were made. But whether it will come true, no body knows.

I guess it never crossed my mind that my younger brother will be working and moving south comes this July.

All the while, all of my siblings are staying around KL except my eldest brother who has been staying at my parents’ house for the last 1 and half years.

And it’s nothing new also to us when my younger brother changed his job again. Changing employers is nothing new for those people who work in the banking industry. As a matter of fact , this is an easier way for them to climb the corporate ladder.

Comes July, my younger brother will be working down south of Peninsular Malaysia. It’s quite far from our hometown Seremban but still in Malaysia. And I guess , this should be ok for my parents.

Why? Because I remember the time when he was working in the US after his graduation. He worked there for less than 5 years . And how my parents kept on persuading him to come back home and work here. Not that my parents have never been to US before. We once stayed there when my father was doing his MBA. And we had been blessed to visit UK & US more than once .
The thing is with my parents especially my father, is that he prefers all his children to be staying and working in Malaysia. I don’t know why. It can be for the reasons of old age that is catching up with my parents. Being in the same country means easier for us to balik kampong and visit them..

My daughter, my niece and nephews will definitely gonna miss their Pak Lang and Mak Lang .All are attached to them.

But then again, this whole thing can be temporary. Who knows , with a better offer and perks, my younger brother may come back and work in KL again..

Thursday, 25 June 2009

My baby girl turned big girl

We had been warned that the 1st week of Arissa's schooling will be a challenging period for us and for our girl too.

Though the 1st day went smooth sailing, the 2nd and the 3rd day wasn't so smooth at all . :)

I wasn't supposed to send her to school on the 2nd day which was a Monday. But somehow I wanted to see her in her school uniform dress for the very 1st time.

So , my presence did distrupt the morning a bit. She was asking me & hubby to stay a little bit longer that morning. But after being there , standing outside the classroom for almost 10 minutes, we just had to go. And the effect was that she was upset with her Baba for not staying in her class. And she cried a bit in the morning and while waiting for the school van to arrive. This happened as there were other kids who were crying too. How contagious a cry can be for kids!
And upon seeing my MIL's car parked not far from the school, she told her teacher that she wanted to go home with my MIL. And in the car, she cried too..

Back from work that evening, I asked her reasons for crying.As expected, she was upset with her Baba and for me a bit. And she didn't want to go home by van as she was afraid that Aunty van driver didn't know our house address. hehehehe

The 3rd day was the same scenerio too. Hubby was late for work as Arissa was holding him back longer. I didn't send her to school as me & hubby have agreed that it's better for our daughter to get used to the idea and ritual of only my hubby sending her to school in the morning. Arissa came back from school with my MIL as she was able to see my MIL's car eventhough it was parked a little bit further from the school... And yes, she cried a bit.

And 4th day? Alhamdulillah. All was ok . After convincing her that the aunty van driver know our house address, she went home by school van. And MIL was smart to park her car far from school that day. Only the school teacher saw my MIL's car.. Our big girl called me around 1 o'clock noon just to let me know that she didn't cry on that day. But other kids cried! heheheh.

They are teaching her Mandarin too. To make it fun and exciting for her, I told her to teach me some mandarin words as I only know a little bit of Cantonese . This I learnt from watching too much of Hong Kong serial drama & movies way back during high school..

Monday, 22 June 2009

Arissa's 1st day in pre-school

We lived each day as it is.. Making out the very best of each day. And though at the back of our mind, we know that that special day will come knocking on our lives, we are still slowly accepting and getting used to the idea of Arissa’s going to pre-school.

Yes. My 1st born has finally made her 1st step into pre-school. And Friday ,June 19th 2009 was really a good day to start our daughter ‘s 1st day in pre-school.

For the past 12 weeks, me and hubby had been sending Arissa to a weekend’s class. The 45 minutes ‘ class was only once a week. Prior to this, we had send her to Gymboree in Bangsar .She was 1 year plus. I’m looking at her Gymboree’s photos. And how time flies. And her hair was straight then!

I guess sending Arissa to the weekend class at musickhaus had given her a good early exposure in socializing and being around other kids. She had fun attending her weekend class that she always told us how she wanted to go to school. And she was always asking me & her baba whether she have class the next day. So we had been hearing the same tune from her for the past 10 weeks.

Thus, when her class ended on June 13th, 2009, we decided to quickly enroll her in a pre-school. We thought this is for the best as Arissa was still feeling high and excited about school.
With that hubby & me took a day off on Thursday, just to search for the right and best pre-school . And yes, our lil munchkin did tag along during the school hunting. We went to 2 pre-schools located around our housing area that Thursday morning.

The 1st pre-school is using Qdees concept and the 2nd ones is using Montessori and Jolly Phonics UK. Of course Arissa likes the swimming pool at the 1st pre-school . But somehow, the teachers ‘ lack of teaching passion and how they really stick and adhere to the qdees syllabus, put me& hubby off. The one issue that didn’t appeal to me and hubby is the daily homework concept.

We had a good look at the books that are used at the 1st preschool. But somehow, we just couldn’t buy the idea of daily homework for kids below 7 years old. For us, toddler should be learning new things in a free and relaxing manner which involves a lot of physical and mental movements. And not confine to sitting on the chair and desk all the time. I guess, that time can wait as all kids will enter standard 1. And for the time being, let these kids learn in a manner that suits their age. No offence to any parents who like Qdees ok..

For the 2nd pre-school, Arissa herself willingly join on-going classroom while me & hubby busy talking to the principal. I must say that the principal of the 2nd pre-school is more passionate and energetic than the 1st pre-school’s principal. And so are the other teachers at the 2nd pre-school.

I’m amazed and thankful that Arissa herself like the 2nd pre-school. Amazed because she can pointed to the principal’s business card when ask which pre-school she likes best. And hubby quickly suggested that we enrolled her the next day which was Friday. So , me & MIL along with Arissa, went to the pre-school after lunch and settled all the necessary payment and details for the enrollement. Boy, was she excited when she sees the 2 uniform dresses , 1 set pair of PE uniform, the school bag , phonics book and CD.

That night we put Arissa to bed as early as 9.30 pm. And woke her up as early as 7.15 am . Her class started at 8.30 am. And it was PE time which was good as they let the kids play at the school playground. Thus, Arissa got the chance to mix around with the other kids in a relax manner and not confined to the classroom. I guess this helped her to break the ice with her new classmates.

Me and hubby stayed there, standing and watching her play. Or course she ran to us a few times. And she even told me not to snap pictures of her..Haiya! Thank goodness, hubby managed to snap a few pictures of her playing .

And when she finally gained the confidence and comfortable playing with the other kids, did she come to us to tell that we can leave her. “ Baba, u can go now”. “ Mama too”. So that was after 20 minutes we were there.

I have to mentioned this… One of the lady teachers, upon knowing that it was Arissa’s 1st day there, quickly hold Arissa’s hand and asked her name. She then led Arissa to join the other kids at the playground. Me and hubby was touched by this simple act. She had made Arissa feel welcome to these new surroundings.

And Arissa got her wish came true. All these while, she has been telling us how she wanted go to & come back from school by school bus/van. My MIL was supposed to pick her up on that Friday when school finishes at 11.30 am. And Arissa knew that her Tuk Umi is fetching her up as we were not sure if we can get the school van. But she didn’t want to follow her tuk umi back home when the teacher told her that she can go home by school van. Hehhehe..

So her tuk umi just drove behind the school van until Arissa was dropped off in front of our house. And I can hear how happy she was when I spoke to her on the phone later. That night she told us that she was brave and happy at school.

Was I worried throughout that Friday morning? A bit I must say. And I was looking at my phone from time to time, wondering if there’s a call from my MIL or from the school…. But none until 12 pm. Hehheeheh..

Thus, Alhamdulillah . All were fine and good on Arissa’s 1st day in pre-school.

I remember looking at her in her PE uniform that Friday morning. How grown up my girl is!

Btw, guess who had problem to sleep the night before ? hehhehehe.. Definitely not the female gender..