Has it already been a year since Junior started school?! It didn’t seem too long ago when I wrote about school jitters and how I was heartbroken as Junior cried every single day during drop offs. We have certainly come a long way. I still can’t believe that the bub is now officially in Nursery 2 and how the school has become part of a routine and how familiar he is with school. The start to Nursery 2 was rough as we were all down with a viral fever that caused him to missed out on the first week of school. From time to time, he still cries at drop-off especially if it was a long time away from school. So you could imagine drop-off in school yesterday certainly wasn’t easy.
To be honest, I struggled with Chinese a lot when I was growing up. I grew up speaking mainly English and Cantonese. And the funny thing was that I watched a whole lot of Chinese dramas. But I guess I just wasn’t that big on reading Chinese hence the difficulty in both Primary and Secondary school. Having said that, I think I’m decent when it came to spoken Mandarin.
A year ago, we became friends of the zoo and ever since then we have been to the Singapore Zoological Gardens multiple times. These trips are a lot more enjoyable knowing that we don’t have to cover the entire zoo if we didn’t have time. And it was often at a whim whenever we decided to visit.
Has it already been 3 years?! It felt like just yesterday when we celebrated Junior’s 1st birthday. Looking back at all of 3 years, we have certainly come a long long way. Not just for Junior but us as parents. And if I can be absolutely thick skin about it, I deserve a pat on the back as well.
To be absolutely honest, I have always thought that museums are for older kids. How can toddlers appreciate art or arty exhibits? Even though there are no shortage of research that indicates the benefits of museum visits for toddlers, I was sceptical.
So when I heard of the Children Biennale at the National Gallery Singapore and seeing the buzz it created on social media, it did cross my mind that it was merely an Instagram-able place and never really thought much about bringing Junior there. The long story short of what prompted me to go was because of work. Lo and behold, all three of us actually enjoyed ourselves.
I don’t know what took me so long to put together Junior’s birth story. Perhaps a part of me wanted to keep this story private and within just the 3 of us. Now that we are fast approaching Junior’s 3rd birthday, I have this fear that I might forget the details of what happened on that day as years passes by. Before that happens, I want to document down that magical day and share it with Junior in the future.
I remembered going to plenty of indoor playgrounds with my cousins as a kid. Being one of the oldest among my cousins, I am often seen protecting them from other rowdy kids and teaching them all kinds of mischief. What fond memories I have of these adventures.
As a family we definitely love travelling and exploring new places. We have been a big advocate in getting Junior exposed to the world which is why we always brings him along whenever we travel. We also believe that he does remembers bits and pieces of where we went and what we did with the help of photos and videos. One thing for sure is that he remembers more than what we think he would.
On weeknights when it is too late to play, we read.
On days where we hold parties with the bears, we read.
And when we want to get close to Christ, we read too.
My mum-in-law is a passionate educator and she strongly believes that learning can be fun. This is evident in the little activities that she engages Junior in before he went to school and was still spending a great amount of time at grandma’s.