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School bully

What can you do as a parent when your child gets bullied in school? #2 has been facing this bully since p1. It is pretty unfortunate that they have been "stuck" together in the same class for the past three years and will continue to be in the same class for another year. Even more unfortunate that they are "partners" as their index number comes one after another. Incidents that have happened so far - boy tries to trip #2 when he walks past (this has happened more than once - #2's psychomotor skills aren't fantastic to begin with), boy threw #2's shoe over the ledge and down to level 1, boy makes sarcastic remarks about #2 (& us) - "your mama is so fat", "your family is so poor that they cannot afford to buy you snacks" and the latest "your name is so stupid".

I've tried to speak to this boy's mom before but she chose to believe that her son is an "angel" and did not carry out the purported acts. Teach…

Moving into 3rd trimester

You know old people said "Have them while you are young"? And they are really not kidding... almost one full (zodiac) cycle later, here I am entering the 3rd trimester with #4 and I feel a world of difference! Definitely way less energy and way more taxing on my body. My girth has expanded way beyond what has ever been and I probably now have 5% of wearables in my wardrobe but I'm not about to go out there and buy new stuff because #4 is really the last baby that we will have. Strangely though, I've only put on 2kg since we found out about the pregnancy...

In the same vein, when the DR gives you recommendations, you should probably just take it. It's really strange that some 7 - 8 weeks ago, he asked me to take the flu vaccination and I was thinking.. "ah? For what, I hardly ever fall sick" and thus turn down his recommendation. Fast forward to today, barely recovered from Influenza Type A (assumed as only #2 did the test but we were treated in the same…

New Car

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Pragmatic as I am, cars are considered liabilities where we live. I am thankful that we have 2 cars since I have plenty of ferrying to do. My current car will only turn 3 in Jan but we went ahead and booked a new ride today because we will need that additional space on weekends when #4 arrives. Obviously, it helps that we got a good deal during the car expo that was held over the weekend (more than $20K discount + guaranteed COE!). The kids are super excited too, knowing that they will have a little bit more room while commuting, never mind that they aren't that big sized in the first place. It's funny how we ended up with a french lady when we originally had our sights set on the Japanese dude. I guess $$$ talks. At the end of the day (bearing unforeseen circumstances and/or breakdown), the french lady makes more sense if we drive the car to 10 years. In which case, #1 and #2 will both probably get a chance to trash the car in its final years of service with us, if they don&…

Its official

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After weeks of speculations and suspicions... we just confirmed that we are having #4. I chose to do the test today simply because its DH's birthday. I'm in a bit of a dilemma because I am hoping for #4 to be a girl so that we can have our "perfect" family and also for the fact that I really don't want another boy! Yet at the same time, I know I'm going to have a problem with p1 registration (yes, I think that far ahead) as my alma mater is the one of the few schools that require balloting for alumni registration even! Oh well, we'll just deal with the problem when it comes...

Primary 1 school admission exercise for the final time / Discovery of SPD

And so... almost 3 years on, we are just about to register #3 into formal school. Just yesterday, #2's school admin staff called up and requested for us to send over some documents to facilitate the registration. I'm glad that we are spared from the pains of the exercise, having balloted previously for #2 to be admitted to the school of our choice. During that exercise, I was fortunate to be "agonised" only for the first few minutes as his was the 3rd number called out.

Clearly (from the lack of updates), we have been busy in the last couple of years but I am determined to revive this blog - though it would mostly as a platform to share information about Sensory Processing Disorder (or SPD). I've come to realised in the recent months that many things that we take for granted really doesn't come naturally for some. The behaviours labelled as "lazy" and "naughty" for e.g. actually has another story to it.

While primary school has mostly been…

Primary 1 School Admission Exercise for #2

The ministry has been emphasizing that 'Every school is a good school' in Singapore. In the recent years, school rankings have been removed, media no longer provided coverage on the top scorers in major exams and niche programs have been introduced to even neighborhood schools. Unfortunately, most parents (who have gone through the system) aren't convinced. In fact, it would seem like competition has stepped up as the Internet has helped tremendously in the search of information. It's not difficult for 'unofficial' rankings to pop up on various websites and forums by individuals (or groups of individuals) 'manually' compiling the required data (as opposed to the ministry collecting & publishing the information). Competition for primary one vacancies have intensified (could be just the poor planning of the sudden surge in population numbers), with many of the popular schools entering a balloting situation in the earlier phases of registration.

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what a long hiatus!

At the back of my mind, I know that I have not blogged for a super looooonnnnggggg time but looking at my last entry just shocked me. Wow! Its been more than 3 years - the 'littlest' prince already turned 3 earlier this month!

Sorry, sorry, sorry... If you saw my daily schedule, you would totally empathize with me!