Short Review on my Rebook Zquick Running Shoes

My birthday pressie from my hubby was a pair of Rebook Zquick running shoes. The reviews on Rebook Zqucik were generally positive, so eager to find out the performance of my Rebook Zquick, I went for a test run.

I must admit the start of the run was great. Rebook Zquick are light weighted and I seemed to be able to cover extra distance without putting in extra effort. Who doesn’t like it, right ?

However the real test comes after running for near 3 km. I started feeling pain at the bottom of my feet. It’s as if my feet were hitting the ground while I am running. Naturally, I slowed down. At the end of my 5 km run, my feet were sore and they hurt. The soreness continued for the next few days.

The verdict …. I guess I will stick with my Nike Picasus which provide great cushioning for my 5 km run, and keep my Rebook Zquick for walking and 2.4 km run.

Time Life – Learning Maths with Albert

Time Life – Learning Maths with Albert was a series of mathematics books I had bought on impulse 9 years ago when my genzkid was 5 years old.

I was approached by a sales representative at the road show who started telling me how good this series was.

As a first time mom then, I just wanted to get the best for my then 5 years old genzkid and persuaded by her on the great advantages my genzkid would gain (e.g. how he would grasp maths skills at a young age after using the series, how mother would always want the best for their kids and how my genzkid would thank me for doing what’s the best for him when he grew up) if I had this series of mathematics books complete with accessories, and not forgetting that she promised that she will make a trip to my house to teach my genzkid how to use the books and the accessories, I ended up paying near $1k for
Time Life – Learning Maths with Albert.

I waited for days and the sales rep never called for arrangement to my house which she promised she would. I called the company and request for a demo, I was told no such service was provided. I tried to use the set with my genzkid then but he was not keen so I gave up. “Never mind, I can keep this for my 2nd child.” I tried to comfort myself. And yes, I had my 2nd genzkid and today she is 7 years old and sadly, my Time Life – Learning Maths with Albert series are still as good as new save for the accessories which my 2nd genzkid played with.

You may ask, it was so many years ago and you remembered the incident so clearly? Yes I did because I totally regretted my action – acting on impulse and buy something which if I had thought twice, I would not have buy.

Today, do I still buy things on impulse? Unfortunately I still do occasionally especially if the stuff are for my kids but I think I have improved. At least I am deferring my desire to purchase the Osim massage chair and an chinese educational device which sales rep claimed my 2nd genzkid would pass her chinese with flying colors …..

Setting up a Tution Center

Anyone out there has any experience or knowledge of setting up a tuition center? A few friends of mine are looking into the feasibility of setting up a tuition center. Why? Because it seems like 9 out of 10 children in Singapore have tuition for at least one of the subjects.

As a parent to the z gen kids, I do admit that I send my 12 years old z gen kid for tutions too. It’s after all the critical year for him – it’s PSLE (Primary School Leaving Examination) and like all parents, I hope my z gen kid can do well enough to get him to a good secondary school too. And mind you…. The tution fees doesn’t come cheap. It is easily $500 a month … But then again, if he does do well in PSLE, it would be money well spend .. Won’t you agree? If I am willing to part my hard earn money to pay for his tutions helping he will do well in his exams, I bet a lot of parents will do the same too. Hence, I think it’s a feasible business. However, having said that, being in an education business is different from other businesses, we are talking about the kids’ future here. I believe that one who is keen in education business should always have the heart to help the kids to do well in school. Of course, it has to be profitable but besides the $ and cents, the most important thing is still the “heart”. Without that, I don’t think one will sustain long in this business.

So if any of you have the relevant experience or knowledge to share, please do leave us a note 😉

Anything, just anything under the sky

Parents, I guess you are just like me, facing  more and more challenging issues everyday while watching our genzkids grow up.  They are so different from us when we were young, weren’t they?

Genzkids, wondering why your parents don’t understand you? Why do they always say “NO” instead of “YES”? Why do they have to keep stressing that you need to study hard now? 

Well, how about sharing your thoughts, concerns, views or just anything you would like to tell your kids / parents out there in this blog.  This can be an avenue for all of us to air our view, share our thoughts & interest, exchange tips, etc… 

Let’s keep the communication open …

The Singapore Kid by Jessica Alejandro

The story started off with an “uninvited guest” trying to steal from The Tay’s Home – a HDB flat in Sengkang.  Thereafter, the story suddenly changed …. with no connection to the first chapter, moved to introduce the characters of the story. Inn Kiat, the main character of the story, is a 11-year-old boy growing up in affluent Singapore.

Like most primary school children, he faces the pressure from school, Tution, expectation from parents to do well. The story gives an insight story of how a kid “grows” from a child to a pre-teenager.  The story also touches on the “jealousy” of child from an average income family when he is with his rich friend, sibling rivalry, friendship and honesty.  

It talks about the disappointment of his parents when they learnt about what Inn Kiat has done, the wise wisdom of the old grandma, the bravery of admitting ones mistake and taking responsibility and the act of “forgive and forget” of a good friend.

I was nearly in tears when I read how disappointed his parents were when they learnt what Inn Kiat has done (I can relate this well because I have a 11-year-old boy myself). I was moved when I read how the old grandma tried to use that incident to teach her grandson the value of honesty. I was amused when I read how Inn Kiat drew out his damage control list and lastly with all smiles when his best friend forgave what he had done.

Personally, I think this book is a good read though there is a bit of Singlish.  My genz kid gives it a 4 out of 5.  For children, this book instils the importance of honesty.  For parents, it allows you to understand your preteens better.    

The Diary of Amos Lee – I’m Twelve, I’m Tough, I Tweet!

Have you read the newly launched “The Diary of Amos Lee – I’m Twelve, I’m Tough, I Tweet!” If you have not, grabbed a copy quick.

Knowing that my son is the die-hard fan of The Diary of Amos Lee, I bought the book for him as his Christmas gift. And you guess it right, he thanked me profusely !

Well, he finished reading the book in a day, so have I 😉 I can see why my son likes the book so much. It’s easy to read and the diary relates very well to what’s happening around him. In the book, Amos Lee is in his last year of primary school (though my son will only be in P5 next year). The internet reality surfaced in this book (Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, blogging, etc). It also touches on what friendship, relationship between siblings, and the big word – BULLY! I must give Adeline Foo a thumb-up.

As a mother of a primary school kid, it helps me to understand the “in” things and issues what primary school students are facing.  I’m encouraging you, all mothers, read The Diary of Amos Lee if you have not. It’s awesome !

Now, I’m wondering if Amos will be writing his diary now he will be in secondary school ????

PS: I read from my blog that some of you do not really like The Diary of Amos Lee. Well, personally, I think the book is a good read for young children and as an adult, I do enjoy reading it.  Individual preference, I guess 😉

Moral Education

What had happened to the world today? The recent stabbing case, causing the death of a 19 year old Polytechnic student, by 4 youngsters (students & NS men) between the age of 19 and 21 at Downtown East, shocked me. Why are the youngsters so violent these days? Have they thought of the consequences when they did the act?

Two years later, my Z generation son would be officially be “classified” as a teenager and it naturally worried me as a mom, wondering whether he would be leading the right path.

He is following the news on this matter closely and we talked about it. I told him that the whole incident saddened me. For the boy who had died, their parents would be devastated. He was their only son! For the 4 suspects, they are at their prime age and I believe their parents are heartbroken and worried for their children. Which parents wouldn’t?

I wondered what would happen to the 4 suspects? Even if they are not facing the death penalty, they would be in jail. What would become of them after they are released from jail? Who should be responsible for this unfortunate incident? The society, the parents, the teachers or the kids themselves ?????

This incident keeps me pondering. Indeed, academic education is important; however moral education is important too. How we teach our children affect how they behave when they grow up. It would be too difficult to impart them with the right moral education when they reach their “teenage hood”, hence, it’s important for us, as a society, parents and teachers, to cultivate them with the right moral education when they are young.

The Z generation’s future are in our hand and let’s work together to ensure they grow up in the righteous way.

Article : Three men charged for Downtown East murder

Kid’s Talk

My son’s friend called when he was doing his school work last night. My 3 year old answered the call and told the caller that her gor gor was studying and would return call later.

She hung up the phone and proudly told her brother that his friend called, and this is their conversation.

Her gor gor asked, “Who was that on the line just now?”

“Your friend.” she answered.

“What is his name?” my son questioned. 

“You don’t know your friend’s name?” she looked surprise.  Pause for a while and she continued as a matter of fact, “You ask him tomorrow when you are in school, okay?” 

We have a good laugh.

Teaching Family Values

The best way to show your children about family value is not by saying but by walking the talk. This is exactly what I’m doing – by action and showing my children how I take care of my aged parents.

My 10 years old genz kid is very much aware that I am very close to my parents and I am proud to say that my brother (his jiu jiu) and I take good care of them . He knew that during my younger days, my dad (his gong gong) was the sole breadwinner and had to work very hard to earn a living while my mom (his por por) took care of us. Life was not easy and we hardly have new toys (least to mention the expensive ones). I remembered my neighbour used to play with barbie dolls and I wished I had one too but I never dare to ask for one because I knew that if I do, my dad would find some way to get one for me.

Time flies and now, we are working adults and have our own family. My genz kids know that we love and care for their grandparents. My dad had a heart attack and stroke two years ago and since then they had stopped travelling because my dad is not fit to take a plane. My mother loves to travel and recently, after making all the necessary arrangement of getting someone to care for my dad and looking after my nieces, my sister in law (his jiu ma) and I decided to bring my mother for a short shopping trip in mid September. My mother, though, didn’t say a word, is very excited and looking forward to the trip.

By us doing so, I believe we have showed a good example to our kids (including my nieces) how much we have valued family values. We are walking the talk and we hope by setting good examples for the kids, they would take good care of us when we grow old.