Saturday, November 22, 2008

Tadika Sirim Graduation Day 2008

video

The Animal Dance - Aish is the kanggaroo..



It was Hari Penyampaian Hadiah dan Sijil to 6 years old students of Tadika Sirim, Shah Alam on 21st November. I was late to the event and I missed Aish first performance which is reading ayat-ayat hafazan with the whole class. Anyway, i managed to see his second performance and third performance.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Importance of Play

Most of us didn't know the importance of play. Some of the parents are very strict with their child and they didn't realise that they can really make useful of the play time especially with their child. It is one of the quality time that they should spend with their child. Hopefully, the tips below will help us how to spend the quality moment.

For children, play is naturally enjoyable. And since it is their active engagement in things that interest them, play should be child-led, or at least child-inspired, for it to remain relevant and meaningful to them. Children at play are happily lost in themselves; they are in their own realm of wonder, exploration, and adventure, pulling parents in at times with a frequent “Let’s play, mom!” as an open invitation into that world.

As early as infancy, children immerse themselves in play activities with the purpose of making sense of the world around them. Play gives children the opportunity to learn and experience things themselves, which is vital for their development. Although peek-a-boo games seem pointless to adults, tots are awed by the surprise that awaits them as they see the suddenly emerging faces of people they love.

(Stages of Play)

During toddlerhood, children experience a motor-growth spurt that equips them to solitarily fiddle with anything they can get their hands on – be it a construction toy or the box from where it came.

Toddlers also love breaking into song, wiggling and jiggling to tunes, and imitating finger plays they are commonly exposed to.

Preschoolers begin extending their play to involve others, whether they bring others in at any stage of their game or they plan their game and its players’ way ahead. Their physical and motor skills allow them to widen their lay arena, from dramatic play to table games to outdoor pursuits.

School-age children start appreciating organized play – such as innovated songs and rhymes, games with rules, relays and other physical activities, sports and projects that they can accomplish over a certain time frame.

Play Perks:

Why the big fuss about playing? Play benefits the child in ways that might be a tad difficult for adults to imagine.

1. Play brings pure and utter joy.

A toddler who jumps into an empty box and runs around the house ‘driving a car’ shows the sheer happiness that play brings him or her. When children are asked what they did in school and they answer ‘play,’ it is a clear sign that these kids remember a feeling of genuine joy that is captured in this four-letter word.

2. Play fosters socio-emotional learning.

What does a ten-month-old baby who shrieks at the sight of her stuffed toy have in common with a ten-year-old boy who plays basketball with his friends? They both deal with their confidence as they choose to embark on their play activities. At the same time, they are displaying their independence in the decisions that they make. These two children are also internalizing social rules in their respective play situations: the baby waits patiently for her stuffed toy to appear, while the school-age child has to contend with an impending loss in a ball game.

3. Play hones physical and motor development.

Play often involves the use of the senses, the body, and the extremities. When children play, they exercise their bodies for physical strength, fluidity of movement, balance and coordination.

Perceptual-motor ability, or the capacity to coordinate what you perceive with how you move, is an essential skill that preschoolers need to develop. A three-year-old who is engrossed in digging, scooping, and pouring sand into a container must match his or her perception of the space in front of him or her with actual hand movements, so that he or she can successfully fulfill the motor activity.

4. Play facilitates cognitive learning.

Play is vital to the intellectual development of a child. We live in a symbolic world in which people need to decode words, actions, and numbers.

For young children, symbols do not naturally mean anything because they are just arbitrary representations of actual objects. The role of play is for the child to understand better cognitive concepts in ways that are enjoyable, real, concrete, and meaningful to them. For instance, through play, a child is able to comprehend that the equation 3 + 2 = 5 means ‘putting together’ his toy cars by lining them up in his makeshift parking lot. When he combines 2 triangles to make a square during block play, or writes down his score is a bowling game, the child is displaying what he knows about shapes and numbers.

Through play, the child is constructing his or her worldview by constantly working and reworking his understanding of concepts.

5. Play enhances language development.

Toddlers who are still grappling with words need to be immersed in oral language so they can imitate what they hear. They benefit from songs and rhymes that provide the basis for understanding how language works.

When these tots are playing with toys, adults model to them how language is used to label objects or describe an event. At play, preschoolers use language to interact, communicate ideas, and likewise learn from dialogues with more mature members of society.

6. Play encourages creativity.

Barney the dinosaur was right about using imagination to make things happen. A lump of Play-Doh suddenly turns into spaghetti with meat sauce and cheese; a small towel transforms into a cape that completes a superhero’s wardrobe; and a tin can serves as a drum that accompanies an aspiring rock artist. Play opens an entire avenue for children to express themselves, show what they know and how they feel, and to create their own masterpieces.

7. Play provides bonding opportunities.

Play is an important factor in child development. It provides for interaction, experimentation, and moral development. Here are some ways by which parents can encourage and support their children’s playtime.

- Let your child be the player-leader. Let children initiate their activity, set their own theme, choose the parameters where the play will take place. Play becomes a venue for children to express their feelings and be in control.

- Help them help themselves. When your 5-year-old asks for help, say, figuring out how to piece a puzzle together, stop yourself from coming to her rescue and first ask your child questions that allow him or her to help himself or herself. Say, “Where do you think this piece should go?” Afterward, commend his or her success.

- Play attention. Once you make a commitment to play with your child, watch for the following signals: Does he or she want you to actively play a part in the activity? Does he or she need encouragement? Is he or she tired or hungry? Does he or she need to take a break?

- Have a play plan. If you seem to have little time for playing with your child, consider using self-care chores to have fun with him or her. Also, get support from other people in your household, like older siblings, household help, or the child’s grandparents, so that they understand why play is important and how they should continue to encourage it.

Mmmm....it is not that difficult, huh?

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Birthday Party

My friend, Fiza threw a party for her son, Faris and daughters, Zaireen & Zaira on last Saturday. Her house located at Puncak Alam. It took about 30 minutes from my home. She has a lovely double-storey house and definitely a wonderful party. Just look at those cakes.A barbie princess cake and a motorbike cake..mmmm... it was yummy tooo!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Selection of new lighting for our house

We did survey for our new lighting for our new house on Saturday. I am looking for black chandelier because I am thinking about having a modern classic interior. We when to few lighting shop in Klang and their price were quite reasonable and finally I found the black chandelier..


These are the black chandelier and the ourdoor lighting that
we decided to buy.



Sunday, July 13, 2008

Why Some People Have All The Luck

Sometimes we wonder do we have the luck to get something or anything? Do you still remember the movies Just My Luck? Starring Lindsay Lohan. I love the movie. I believe that we can change our luck if we want it.
Well, I found an article which I would to share with all of you about LUCK.
It is a study that done by Professor Richard Wiseman, University of Hertfordshire.

Why do some people get all the luck while others never get the breaks they deserve?

A psychologist says he has discovered the answer.

Ten years ago, I set out to examine luck. I wanted to know why some people are always in the right place at the right time, while others consistently experience ill fortune. I placed advertisements in national newspapers asking for people who felt consistently lucky or unlucky to contact me.

Hundreds of extraordinary men and women volunteered for my research and over the years, I have interviewed them, monitored their lives and had them take part in experiments.

The results reveal that although these people have almost no insight into the causes of their luck, their thoughts and behaviour are responsible for much of their good and bad fortune. Take the case of seemingly chance opportunities. Lucky people consistently encounter such opportunities,whereas unlucky people do not.

I carried out a simple experiment to discover whether this was due to differences in their ability to spot such opportunities. I gave both lucky and unlucky people a newspaper, and asked them to look through it and tell me how many photographs were inside. I had secretly placed a large message
halfway through the newspaper saying: "Tell the experimenter you have seen this and win $50."

This message took up half of the page and was written in type that was more than two inches high. It was staring everyone straight in the face, but the unlucky people tended to miss it and the lucky people tended to spot it.

Unlucky people are generally more tense than lucky people, and this anxiety disrupts their ability to notice the unexpected.

As a result, they miss opportunities because they are too focused on looking for something else. They go to parties' intent on finding their perfect partner and so miss opportunities to make good friends. They look through newspapers determined to find certain types of job advertisements and miss other types of jobs.

Lucky people are more relaxed and open, and therefore see what is there rather than just what they are looking for. My research eventually revealed that lucky people generate good fortune via four principles. They are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities, make lucky decisions
by listening to their intuition, create self-fulfilling prophesies via
positive expectations, and adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good.

Towards the end of the work, I wondered whether these principles could be used to create good luck. I asked a group of volunteers to spend a month carrying out exercises designed to help them think and behave like a lucky
person.

Dramatic results! These exercises helped them spot chance opportunities, listen to their intuition, expect to be lucky, and be more resilient to bad luck. One month later, the volunteers returned and described what had happened. The results were dramatic: 80% of people were now happier, more
satisfied with their lives and, perhaps most important of all, luckier.

The lucky people had become even luckier and the unlucky had become lucky.

Finally, I had found the elusive "luck factor".

Here are Professor Wiseman's four top tips for becoming lucky:

1) Listen to your gut instincts - they are normally right

2) Be open to new experiences and breaking your normal routine

3) Spend a few moments each day remembering things that went well

4) Visualize yourself being lucky before an important meeting or telephone call.


Have a Lucky day and work for it.

The happiest people in the world are not those who have no problems, but those who learn to live with things that are less than perfect.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

A bicycle as a reward

I am having a hard to time to potty train Aish. There's a lot of method and tips that I have tried until he reached age of 4. Actually, Aish doesn't have any problem to pee at the toilet but he was having a problem to poop. So, my goal was to make him to poop at the toilet before he reach 4 years old.
I found out from his teacher that he didn't poop at school and he only poop whenever he reached home. So, I became desperate. I even promised him to buy a bicycle but he didn't give any cooperation. So, what I did was after I took him from school, I didn't brought him straight home. We went to other places and when he desperate, he didn't have any choice but to go to the toilet. I successfully did it four times and after one week he automatically wants to poop at the toilet.
So today I bought the bicycle for Aish as a reward to him.



Aish with his new red bicycle

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Aish 4th Birthday

24th June 2008...It was Aish's Fourth Birthday. This time I just order cupcakes from my old best friend, Fiza (you can check out at her site http://chiquecakes.blogspot.com/)and celebrate at Aish's taska. Aish's classmates was so excited when they saw the cupcakes. They ate them after they had their lunch as the dessert.
After that, Aish and I went outing and it was just the two of us. We went to Sunway Pyramid. We played two frame of bowling at Mega Lane. Aish was so excited because he can hold the bowl ball on his own and the ball that he threw hit the pin. Then we watched Kung Fu Panda. It was a great movie.

Isn't the cupcakes so cute? and delicious too...

Aish and his classmate at the canteen while waiting for their lunch.

The kids have to line up to get the cupcake.

Ada rupa macam Bowl Champion tak?

Aquarium at Mega Lane

We had lunch at A&W before the movie start.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Teacher' Day again...

It was Teacher's day again...This time Class of Four Years old is performing Syahadah's nasyid. Aish was excited that he practiced almost everyday at home. These are few photos during the event.


Performance by Four Years Old Class (Aish's Class)

Aish performed with songkok senget

Aish after the performance

The parents audiance

Performance from the teachers

Monday, April 28, 2008

Looking Forward For Holidays?



Looking forward to the holidays? Aren't we all... to have a decent break from the daily routine and grind (not to mention work pressure!) is just heavenly, be it temporary. Weekends are never long enough, are they? Hopefully, the laptop doesn't have to come along….

Before you take off to your dream holiday, have you planned ahead? Sure, you plan to do some sightseeing, relaxing, sport, dining and shopping. But more importantly, it is advisable to plan your spending. Before you overindulge on your holiday, remember, you will have to come back to reality and pay off the "goodies'' bill.

Here are some tips to be SMART about holiday spending:

1. Have a holiday budget

A holiday budget should already be part of your annual budget. This is advisable so that you don't spend two months' salary on just your holiday and starve the rest of the year. Your best guide is reviewing your last holiday expenses. If you've lost the records, do the next best thing – estimate. List out items you're most likely to spend on during the holiday - travel, accommodation, food, sightseeing, and of course, shopping.

2. Plan your shopping

Whether you realize this or not, when you're traveling out of town or overseas, everything you see on retail is a "must have" … with justifications such as "you won't find this back home" (really?!) or "it's definitely a lot cheaper here than back home". Controlling your whim during these worryless times takes a lot of willpower. What helps is having a list of things you intend to buy so that you don't go overboard. If you already know what you're looking for you can do some research, compare prices and get your items at the best bargains. Without any planning, you may end up buying an additional suitcase just to fit those new purchases. And oops… end up paying for excess baggage as well!

3. Spend your credit card wisely

It's so convenient to just swipe away and worry about the bill later. Beware! Your credit card is usually the source of major debt problems. To use it wisely, have a self check mechanism – record every purchase via the card and have a running tally so that you don't go over your planned limit. When you return and are refreshed from Happyland, don't procrastinate to pay off your debt. If you can't settle the debt early, you could strategize to have them all paid off within, say, 3 months. Otherwise, if you can't seem to control your swiping, resort to spending in good-old cash.

4. Teach your children the value of money

This is probably a tough one for most parents, but you must agree that a substantial proportion of cash outflow is usually to please your children's unwavering demands, and of course, you do want to keep them happy especially while you're all on holiday. Hence, if your children understand why you can only spend X amount on toys, you'll ease any disappointment they may have later.

5. Plan your gifts

It would be very generous of you, indeed, to bring back souvenirs for friends and family. However, make sure you're not buying under pressure. Set realistic expectations. There is no need to prove your success to anyone – all you're really doing is having a well-deserved break – you didn't strike gold, you know! You could make a list of gift recipients e.g. loved ones, close friends; jot down gift ideas and the estimated amount you sincerely wish to spend for each of them. Knowing what and how much would make you be less prone to impulse shopping and you can select early at the best prices.

6. Plan holidays ahead

A post mortem of your spending on return from your vacation is critical. Where did you overspend and why? So you had overspent on the gifts, perhaps your budget for gifts need to be increased next time, or perhaps you just need to spend less on gifts - your office colleagues would probably be just as happy to share some duty free chocolates instead of individual souvenir t-shirts; after all, it’s the thought that counts!

With early research, you can be sure to catch the best deals for the next holiday season. Procrastinators will lose out on bargain air fair prices and/or room availability during hotel promotions. Once your next holiday is already budgeted for, you can start saving early.

7. Future cash flow

Saving money and minding your spending shouldn't just be a priority around the holidays. It should be an everyday habit, but take care of the fundamentals first – paying off credit card balances or debts and saving for education or your retirement. It is also recommended to have an emergency fund worth 3 to 6 months' living expenses in a cash account, in case of that rainy day.

There you have it, 7 habits for a highly-effective holidaymaker for you to adopt immediately. You can now go on that holiday with peace of mind and ensure that you won't spend money you don't have.

So before you plan the next holiday, here's another self check: are you still paying off last holiday's bills? You have been warned.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

A house in Aman Perdana.......


At last...Yesterday my husband gave me a call that our application for housing loan has been approved. Alhamdullillah...Actually, we have planned to buy a house a year back but we only managed to buy this year.

Well, it is a single storey semi-D in Aman Perdana, Klang. It is a completed house with a CF. We didn't want to buy an under construction house since there's a lot of uncompleted and delayed housing development.

It is not a big house but just nice for our family (just three of us) and the best part is it has lawn about 3 meter beside and at the back. So, I can implement my skill at my own house. :)

Even Aish fell in love with the house when we visit the showhouse. Definitely he loved the lawn and the space. He already chose his own bedroom.

So, what do you think about the house?


Hopefully our living and dining is turn up to be like the showhouse
The kitchen..is it spacious?


The rooms...

Monday, April 14, 2008

10th Anniversary Sirim QAS

On 4th April, Sirim QAS International was having their 10th anniversary. My husband and I was invited. This was the first time staff can bring along their spouse. The theme was black and white.



The Door Gifts and the candle

The Menu

Monday, March 31, 2008

Aish went to Telok Chempedak, Kuantan

We went back to my hometown, Kuantan last weekend. Aish was so excited because he already set his mind that he want to go to the beach. Since Friday afternoon, he keep asked me went we are going back to Mak Tok's house? He was so excited that he doesn't want to sleep that night. He waited untill we departure

We arrived at my mum's house at 3:00 am. He woke up that he doesn't want to sleep because he wanted to wait untill the sunrise. Even he slept at 4:00am, he woke up at 10:00 am and asked when we are going to the beach.

At noon, we went to Kuantan Plaza to buy his swimming suit. Aish chose the one with three quater sleeve and pants because the suit looks like ultraman suits. He wore the suit once we reached at home.

We went to Teluk Chempedak at 5:30pm. And definitely you can guess after that.... Just look at these pictures....

Friday, March 21, 2008

The Magic Of Music, Toy Pianos, And Other Instruments

How we want to develop our children creativity? Most of us didn't know that we can develop through music. Here are some tips to all parent with young kids. I can be useful...

Music enchants children. Its magic reaches out to them even inside the womb. During the later parts of infancy, they almost always instinctively sway, bounce, or move their heads to its beat. Toddlers garble out nursery songs they hardly understand long before they can read, write, or talk coherently. And as they grow older, they learn how to make up songs.

As much as they love to listen, children love to create music. Whether it’s singing off-key, banging a rattle against the wall, or pounding on a toy piano, nothing can stop them from trying to imitate the different sounds of music.

Self-expression through music should be encouraged so kids may increase appreciation for it as they grow older. A way to do this is to provide musical instruments such as a tambourine or a toy piano. It’s also a good idea to play nursery songs in the background while a child is playing or drawing.

Musical Effects

Helping kids hold on to and increase their fondness of music will not only result in discovering talents. It will also bring positive effects to their well-being. Here are some key benefits that music can bring to children:

- Music encourages children to be more expressive. They can bang on their little drums when they’re mad or they can stroke the keys of their toy piano cheerfully when they’re happy.

- Music promotes self-esteem. When children realize that they can handle a musical instrument, sing a song aloud, or sway with the beat, they’ll feel proud of themselves and their abilities.

- Music gives knowledge. Constant exposure to music such as folk songs, praise music and nursery rhymes will make it easy for a child to understand values and feelings even before they begin to go to school. Parents should be ready to give answers when their children want song lyrics to be explained.

- Music inspires creativity. Because of what they hear, children may get inspired to explore other forms of art such as drawing or painting to further give life to a song. They may illustrate the complete cast of Old McDonald’s Farm or show how the Big Rock Candy Mountains appear in their minds. Because of the early exposure to a kid’s harp or a toy piano, a child may be motivated to write songs or compose music early on in life.

- Music develops communication skills. Getting better at the toy piano entails the same skills needed to learn how to read. Musical lyrics may help increase a child’s vocabulary. New ideas are learned through a song’s story line and kids can get better at articulating these ideas.

- Music helps children achieve goals. With the intent to master an instrument, a child learns the concept of staying focused to attain an objective. At an early age, they are already equipped with values that can help them become successful grown-ups.

But just like any other recreational means, music should not be imposed on your children. Teaching a child how to play a musical instrument or having him take part in voice lessons should not result in tantrums every time a session starts. Your child should love and enjoy musical activities in order for music to have a positive effect in your child’s life.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Children’s Furniture: Must-haves For Your Kid’s Bedroom!


What do you think about your child bedroom? Even us want our own bedroom to be cosy and lovely. Mmmm....Since that I am going to move to my own house definitely that I have to find some ideas how to decorate my child bedroom. Definitely because that I want Aish to be so cosy in his own room.

The bedroom is a place of sanctuary for most children. It can be a place where they can think freely, explore their creativity, discover hidden talents, read, or listen to music. That’s why, as a parent, it’s important to choose children’s furniture that your child can totally make use of.

Maximizing Space and Imagination

Make use of every bit of space available in the bedroom. Children love to store a lot of stuff, so there should be a place available for all your child’s knick knacks. Setting up a shelf or toy storage while maximizing space will ensure that your child’s bedroom is safe and comfortable.

Imagination is the element that will make your child’s bedroom fun and cheerful. You’ll be amazed at how your child can help if you’re lacking in this area. Let him or her describe the preferred colors, themes, and designs. Once you get the idea, finding the right children’s furniture and other decorations your child prefers should be easy.

More Than Just A Bedroom

Because we’ve established that children do more than just sleep in their rooms, you should consider buying children’s furniture that will fully support your kid’s activities.

Most children enjoy drawing and coloring or playing with dolls or action figures. Set up an activity area where your child can comfortably get into the action. Educational rugs or play mats are ideal for this part of your child’s bedroom.

If your child loves books, then setting up a reading nook is the way to go. This area needs to be inviting and comfortable. Provide a cozy chair or a soft rug and overstuffed pillows. Make sure that the lighting in this area is ideal. Keep a book shelf within your child’s reach.

Provide a shelf or cabinet that will serve as a display area. Your child will be able to show-off artwork and favorite pictures. This could also be a place to where trophies, collectibles, and other memorabilia are placed.

Hassle-free Storage Solutions

Keeping children’s bedroom clutter-free is a challenge every parent must face. It’s just a matter of finding a storage solution that is convenient for you and your child. In order to prevent children from just shoving everything under their beds when asked to clean their rooms, the arrangement below could work wonders:

1. Install a corkboard for photographs and artwork.

2. Provide a cabinet for display items. You can opt to have one built-in or you can pick a good one in children’s furniture stores.

3. Place attractive wicker baskets in corners where your child can dump his or her toys, books, and dirty clothes.

4. A roomy closet is recommended for easy storage of your child’s clothes, shoes, and sports gear.

Useful Tips When Out Furniture Shopping

Don’t immediately purchase an item that catches your or your child’s eye. Children’s furniture should be durable and can withstand a child’s constant flow of activity. So make sure you check the credibility of the manufacturer and the kind of material a particular desk or chair is made of.

Don’t give in right away to whatever your child wants. Consider the space of the bedroom as opposed to the gigantic shelf your kid is pointing at. You also need to determine how often your kid will be using a particular piece. When your decision is a no, make your child understand why.

Before going shopping, check out magazines and the Internet for photographs and decoration schemes. This will provide you a clearer view of what you want to get.

Buy at trusted children’s furniture stores. Do your homework and compare prices in advance to get the best deal. After all, you only want nothing but the best for your child.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Aish and Irfan

Almost every day, after work we will go to Kak Unis's house because Aish want to play with his cousin, Irfan, Kak Yin and Kak Eisya. He will play untill both of them tired...once untill 1 am.... Ibu and Abah also tired...

Aish close to Irfan because we live near to each other and they both of them born on year 2004.

The Best Cousin Ever

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