Tuesday, September 16, 2014

My Summer Holidays

Post basi. Below are happenings between June and August, during my 2-month-long end of school term break, also known as the Summer Holidays.

I spent the first half of my holiday in Shanghai. Besides doing Math and BM practice at home, watching TV, getting engrossed in the Rainbow Loom, mummy and I went out quite often too...

I tagged along with mummy on her many "auntie outings" (her weekly outings with friends), mainly for grocery shopping and makan-makan...

 and jalan-jalan too...

We ate a lot of good food around the city. Sometimes we had lunch, sometimes we had afternoon tea and sometimes we had both :)

Mummy tried to fatten me up before we went back to Malaysia... but somehow, all the fat grew on her instead while I remained stick-thin haha...

On the days when we had no where to go, we went to the library. The district library is only 5 minutes' walk from home but only Chinese books were available there (in the kid's section). 

The second half of my holiday was spent in Malaysia, from 19 July to 18 Aug...

Our flight home was just 2 days after the MH17 tragedy. We flew home in fear! (I went back with mummy first... daddy joined us later) 

Back in Seremban, we went for my first buka puasa dinner in Gung-gung's friend's restaurant. 

We spent most of our days in Seremban... we explored some new places and discovered a new park in S2 Hill Park.

I love this park!

We spent a lot of time with Gung-Gung, Ah Ma and Kau-foo :)

We also took a day trip to Raub (Gung-Gung's birth place) and visited some of my grand uncles and grand aunts. My late great-grandfather had a shop here. The shop is no longer around now but long ago, mummy spent many of her school holidays staying here. This is where mummy used to play when she was a kid (at the corridor where I'm standing).

Visited the lake gardens before taking a slow drive back to PJ

I had a few play dates with cousins and friends too. With cousin Leanne here.

Play date with more cousins from KL and Singapore

With adorable little Abbygail

With cousins Hayley and Jeremy

I fell in love with Hayley jiejie's dog, Shadow :)


We shopped a lot too. Besides mall-hopping, we also raided the hypermarkets and accumulated more than 70kg worth of groceries (to be carted back to Shanghai!)

I celebrated my 8th birthday in Seremban and PJ. In Seremban, we had a family lunch in a restaurant of my choice and I chose the Manhattan Fish Market. Back in PJ, I only had one birthday wish - Kids E World. I wasn't interested in parties or meals or cakes or anything birthday-related so Kids E World (in IPC) it was for me...

I really had a ball of a time here and guess what, I refused to leave until 7 hours later! 7 hours in Kids E World sounds so crazy haha. Daddy and mummy took turns keeping me company here. Best birthday present ever.

Simple Mini cuppies for my birthday

More cakes in Baci, where Aunty BS and Uncle T came to celebrate with me and belanja us makan :)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Working Hard in Edaytown

On the second day of my school holidays (20th June), mummy brought me to Edaytown 星期八小镇. Edaytown is China's version of Kidzania where children get to play-pretend and role-play different types of occupations. I have actually been here last year in one of my school field trips but it was too crowded and I only managed to take part in 2 occupations. 

This time, we took the opportunity to go before the local school holiday started (holidays for international schools started a week earlier) to beat the crowd. Mummy chose the afternoon session (3:30-7:30pm) on a weekday and it was a good choice... the whole place was quiet and nearly deserted. I didn't need to queue up at all and was the sole participant in most of them. Even with all the time saved from queuing, I still managed only about less than a quarter of the 48 available occupations in this "theme park". 4 hours is just too short! 

Hanging around with the Edaytown mascots before the gates opened at 3:30pm for the second session of the day.

First stop... cashed my cheque at the bank

My first job - a scientist at 3M

Fire-fighter! This was really fun because I got to ride in a mini fire-engine...

... and put out some fake fire in a "burning" building

Briefing at the airport

Little miss air stewardess :)

We went into this plane and took turns becoming flight attendants and pilots. There was a flight simulator inside too. 

Biotechnology researcher at Yakult (Just ignore spelling mistakes on the board. It is a common sight here). 

Looking under the microscope. After finishing my "research", I was given a bottle of Yakult as reward! :)

Sushi chef

See, being the only participant, I got all the attention to myself!  

Cacat-looking cucumber sushi made by... err, who else? :p

Played doctor-doctor at a children's hospital.

I was the sole participant again and some of the very kind facilitators paid me the wages of those not around too. I sometimes got paid 5x the usual wage ;)

Volunteered at a recycling plant

Loving nannies in a nursery... mummy kept persuading me to try this but I refused. I preferred something tougher and more rugged....

.... like... a security officer! @-@

Off to the bank to load/unload money

Heavily armed. Don't play-play! ;)

Finally, I chose to work in the Hi-Chew candy factory

It's fun being a candy maker!

I was given a small pack of chewy candies after completing my task there.

I had so much fun and earned so much money (Eday currency) that I asked mummy for another  future visit. Well, let's see how first. Entrance fee is not cheap! RMB150 (RM75) for child and RM50 (RM25) for accompanying adult. Maybe we should go home and try Kidzania first :)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Goodbye, Grade 2

In the blink of an eye, I've completed another academic year here in Shanghai. Last Wednesday, 18th June, was my last day of Grade 2. A few days before that, there was a prize giving ceremony in school. Daddy and mummy were invited to attend this event because I was a recipient of an award...

My classmates and I were all gathered in the gym when mummy arrived at school....she took a peek and stole a shot from behind the door :p

Chatting and playing with my bestie, MY, while waiting for the event to start

There were performances from some of the Co-curriculum Activities (CCA) too. For the 2013/2014 academic year, I joined Junior Soccer, LEGO Club and Junior Choir. For being in the choir group, I got to perform on stage....

Singing "Sing" (from The Carpenters) with my choir friends

Traditional Chinese musical instruments performance... mummy was so mesmerised by the charm and gracefulness of the performance that she made me pick this for my CCA next year!

I won an i4C award.... for possessing and displaying the following core values: initiative, care, commitment, collaboration and communication. 

Proud moment with my class teacher, Ms Mary

Yay, school's out and I will be enjoying a very long holiday until the new academic year starts on 25th August. Looking forward to our hometrip next month!

The Wonderful World of Ruoyi

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