Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Playing tourist at KL and Putrajaya

Hi everyone!! What have you guys been up to this school holiday?

Alhamdulillah, I don't have teaching load this time around but actually am saving for our next trip, Holla Bruneiii!! Haha so Bangi-Putrajaya Hotel je lah ya kids.

The best coffee guys!

Anyhow, syukur to the Almighty that I am more free this time around because long holiday last December had been really hectic for me. Not only I was rushing to finish up the syllabus as it was the final quarter of the semester, on top of that, I was scheduled to Japan for a week. *cries a river* But Alhamdulillah after much discussion, the trainer agreed to come to UNITEN instead.

However, I was still all over Malaysia, a couple of days in Bersia and Janda Baik for our consultancy and research projects *cries* Hectic hectic month. So how do I entertain the kids?

Goodbye to all the theme parks I wish to visit. We play tourists around here instead. It was fun! Every weekend we brought the girls to places, so I thought of sharing with you guys!

National Art Gallery

*yawn* I know I know. But my girls loveeee art, so why not?

Taman Titiwangsa and Taman Layang-Layang, Kepong

Our first time flying a kite ever in our life, all of us.

Aquaria, KLCC

Because they were so into the Baby Shark song.

Taman Wetland, Putrajaya

Breathtaking view! Especially at the top of Menara Tinjau.

Taman Astaka Morocco, Putrajaya

Loving this so much! Don't mind the Japanese guy, I'm bringing my Sensei from Japan along!

Dondang Sayang Ride at Putrajaya

Taman China-Malaysia

And last but not least..

Bubbles and Beans Putrajaya Fun Ride!!

Not bad, right? I hope you have some ideas where to bring your kids with the leftover cuti we have. Have fun, everyone!! I'm definitely having fun this holiday break with my loved ones :)

And baby girls, sorry for not able to bring you theme parks this round. But tomorrow, I'm on leave and it will be a day just for the two of you exclusively. Excited!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

K at Globalart

Omg I'm so behind in updating my blog! February has been a super hectic month, but I will try to catch up in my writing in shaa Allah.

Last October, after being somewhat numb as my firstborn turned 5 (how time flies!) followed by being all hormonal looking at her drawings, she just got better and better, Subhanallah, I started to question myself. More stories of her drawings here.

K's simple drawing at 4
A's drawing at 2, also cantik what

Me, being the left brainer as always have never been really encouraging her with all these artsy stuff. She must have gotten that from my dad. I mean, I did not stop her, but the best I did was, "Look at your drawing, so pretttyyyy!" I couldn't imagine doing that for the rest of my life, it would get lame one day.

So that October evening, after I did my research, alone I traveled near my housing area to survey for an art class for her and I fell in love with Globalart immediately. Attended trial class, she loved it and just like that, my Saturday morning started early, no more lazing around the bed.

My worry is just one though, her social skills. Alhamdulillah, she has always been coping well academically, but at 4 she had a traumatized first day at kindy, so it was not easy for her to trust strangers. That was the difficulties we had with her previous swimming classes. Even more, she was the only Malay in her Globalart class. So, I talked to her class teacher and Globalart handled her really well. *salute*

She started with something simple..

To a bit more challenging..

Using crayons and water colour as well..

She made friends with other races, which I am so happy about since in her Kindy, they are only Malays there.

This one particular girl in Globalart caught my girls' attentions most..

K: "Ibu what are you doing in my art class with that monkey?"
A: "Ibu, why are you playing in Kakak's school?"

That is not me (T_T)

Although, in all seriousness, she does look like me at home, with her hair like that (T_T)

All was fun in her Globalart class, she joined for months, and we even participated her in colouring contest and so on. Only recently to discover that..

She doesn't really fancy colouring guys!! She likes drawing :'( In Globalart, they have to master colouring first before drawing, haha! Sorry, baby, noob mommy here!

But, she was still psyched learning something new. This was K, on her first day at 9am on Saturday morning. I looked the exact opposite with my pyjama still, thanks for asking.

After 3 months in Art class, did her colouring improve?

I would say they are pretty much the same.

3 months in Art class was quite pricey. It costs us around RM800, BUT.. it is a skill not me and Love can teach her. We are simply not art people.

To look beyond, it is not just the colouring skills we hope she would pick up.

It's the social skills of mingling with other races, the discipline of listening to instructions, the patience of colouring, the thoroughness of not leaving white space, etc.

Did she become more creative on her drawings or other artsy stuff? Oh yes.

This was what she did for me, a few days ago.. (no reference whatsoever, a quiz and bear in mind she was just 5y4m).

Was it worth it?

For us yes, because I did not spend on her reading, mental arithmetic or mengaji class, those are skills I could teach her at home, and I have been doing that everyday since she was 1. But, not arts or colouring. Let her stimulate her right brain. And if I could spend that much for my facial or car or house etc, why not for my biggest amanah in the world.

Khaira, Aisha, may you grow up well, contributing something to the ummah and aim for jannah. Much love, baby girls!