|Roy embracing winter - sledding downhill at Fort Henry.|
Monday, December 31, 2012
Friday, December 28, 2012
Just reporting on what we are up to for the past few days...
December 25th - We don't celebrate Christmas, so we didn't do anything special on this day. But we were very productive - we clean-up the house! I got the kitchen, Papa got the office, and kids got the living room as well as their own room. We spent 3-4 hours... once in a while... the house needs a thorough cleaning. Leaving the bathroom for the weekend.
December 26th - Boxing Day around Kingston is just so-so. We don't have that many stores, and I don't feel like driving to Toronto to shop (still tired from the conference in Orlando). We still manage to get a good haul though. Mostly clothes for myself (a very much needed a winter coat among other things!) and the kids. Papa drove us around, but he didn't get anything. Sorry, honey! Maybe you can splurge on a tablet with bigger screen for the new year.
December 27th-28th - We suddenly got heavy snow in Kingston. Woke up in the morning and everything is covered in powdery snow. Papa spent a good part of his day shoveling snow. We can't leave the house because the drive way was totally covered in snow. The kids seem to have a lot of fun though... making forts, sliding down mini snow hills, and throwing snowballs. Some pictures below:
|He looks like he's enjoying himself, but shoveling snow is a lot of hard work|
|Melur and Arman building their forts|
|Melur... resting on her lazy char made from snow|
|Arman... happy in his fort|
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Sunday, June 3, 2012
|We went for a short trip to Niagara Falls about two weeks ago, spending the Victoria Day weekend there. It was a combination of vacation and shopping trip. We needed to get a few things for family back in Malaysia. Our schedule was roughly:|
Day 1 - Saturday (May 19)
11:30am-4:00pm - Drive from Kingston to Niagara Falls
4:00pm - 5:30pm - Immigration (needed to go through US immigration, takes a long time!)
5:30pm - 9:00pm - Shopping round 1 @ Niagara Falls outlet
9:00pm-10:30pm - Dinner @ Apple-bees
10:30pm - Check-in and rest
Day 2 - Sunday (May 20)
9:00am - 11:30am - Breakfast and get ready for day
11:30am - 2:30pm - Shopping round 2 @ Niagara Falls outlet
2:30pm - 4:00pm - Lunch @ halal buffet restaurant
4:00pm - 8:00pm - Rest
8:00pm-10:30pm - Dinner, sightseeing, and haunted house of wax
10:30pm - Rest
Day 3 - Monday (May 21)
10:00am - 11:30am - Check out and get ready for day
11:30am - 12:30pm - Lunch @ Denny's
12:30pm - 2:30pm - Drive to Waterloo premium outlet
2:30pm - 5:00pm - Shopping round 3 @ Waterloo premium outlet
5:00pm - 8:00pm - Drive home to Kingston
8:00pm - 9:30pm - Dinner @ Rahim's
9:30pm - Home sweet home!
See... lots of shopping, but we were buying souvenirs for Malaysia. We did buy a lot of Coach bags... I think in total about 9 bags. The kids didn't have as much fun during this trip. But we promise them that the real vacation will be in Malaysia, and we'll be going back in less than a month.
And here are some pictures...
Sunday, May 27, 2012
I was looking through this blog for the past few days. My, how the kids have grown... Melur is in Grade 4 now and Arman is in Grade 3. Soon they'll be in middle school, high school, and then off to college.
Anyway, last March Melur presented her science project - "Electrical conductors and insulators" - during the Winston Churchill Public School's (WCPS) science fair. She had about 6 weeks to do the project... but, well lets just say that the bulk of the work was during the last 3 weeks before hand-in (which was not that bad really, could be worse). One week was spent reading and understanding the materials - i.e., the science behind conductors and insulators. The next week was spent setting up the experiments and preparing the written report. And the last week was spent preparing for the class presentation and creating the display board for the science fair. Melur got some help... but she did most of the work. She has to because she must be able to answer the questions during the science fair and class presentation. Here's a picture of Melur and Papa putting together the written report.
|Melur and Papa putting together the science report|
And here are some pictures of Melur during the science fair. For her project, Melur set-up an experiment to test whether an object is a conductor or insulator. She the small light bulb she's holding? She must be holding a conductor.
|Melur and Papa showing off their stuff...|
|Melur and Mommy during the science fair|
The science fair was for Grade 4 and 5 students, but only Grade 5 could go to the provincial science fair. All the projects were on display at the gym with the students minding their booths. Lots of other interesting projects were on display - e.g., magnets and magnetism, hydroelectricity, pollution, etc. Melur enjoyed doing her science project, and she's planning to go to the provincial science fair next year.
|Melur proudly explaining her project to a visitor|
It is quite interesting to see the education system here. I don't remember doing anything of this sort when I was in Standard 4. I had projects in high school though. And definitely parents are more involved here. The instructions that came from the teachers included instructions on what parents could do to help. Maybe the education system has changed in Malaysia... it has been quite a (LONG) while.