Sunday, 20 July 2014

A Bead in My Nose

by Tiger

Hello, aunties and uncles. I am pseudo blogging today because mama is very angry at me for getting a bead in my right nose.

I know she trusts me with tiny things like googly eyes and nuts and stuff but the Montessori golden bead is too shiny and cute. I had to sniff it. I like to sniff things, I don't know why. I know it could be dangerous but I can always get it out later, right? I will just sniff it goes nothing....


Holy bananas, there is one in my nose....I can't get it out. Let's not panic and tell mama calmly, she's my Doc Mcstuffin, she can fix this.

"Mama, there is a bead in my nose. Cannot come out" (These were my exact words and I doubt Mama will ever forget it)

I saw mama's face turned white and the smile on her face replaced by a a frown. This is bad.

I tear up.

Mama grabbed my hands, looked up my nose and she cursed. I cannot tell you what she said, but it was a bad word. Then she shouted, "OMG! #$$#$%% Why did you do that?"

She counted the beads. Nine. Obviously, mama. One is in my nose. Ten minus one bead in my nose is NINE! I can count! Mama didn't praise me. She looks really worried and ANGRY. Oh shit, I am going to cry. Maybe she will be less angry if I cry

"DON'T CRY! Do you want the bead to go deeper?"

I stopped crying immediately.

She ran around looking for the nose bulb. She tried sucking it out using her mouth, I hated that. She gave me pepper to make me sneeze but SHE sneezed instead. Haha! In the end she took me to the hospital.

I don't understand what the fuss is all about. I am okay, mama. I can breathe. In fact, I would really like some chocolate now.


Ooops, okay. I will just sit very still.

At the hospital, mama tried to remove it with something called a yonker and she vacuumed my nose. The bead is as stubborn as me. After 30 minutes, she gave up and called another doctor to help me. We went for some cendol while we waited for him. At this point, I love papa more because he didn't yell at me or told everyone that I have a big nose but she just couldn't get it out.

Uncle's room had a nice blue chair that went up and down. I sat on mama's lap while he looked inside my nose. In one second, it was out. I WASN'T SCARED AT ALL. I  WAS SO BRAVE. Mama said I should be sacred. She is confusing me.

Overall, it was a great day for me even though I missed my nap, cancelled a trip to the seed playground, exhausted mama and papa, made the nice uncle with the up-and-down chair come on a Sunday, and scared everyone. I even got a toy egg with a car inside. Oh, and mama promised me a Cars puzzle.

At night, before bed, mama asked me if I will put stuff inside my nose again. I said no but she wasn't convinced. So she said very seriously, "Sweetie, do that again next time and I will cut open your nose"

I believed her, so I said, "I won't do it again"

She said I love you and that she was angry because she had higher expectations of my intelligence. On the other hand she was glad that I am a little more adventurous and curious.

Mama, stop it with the confusing statements already....sigh. I am only four. I am allowed to be mischievous and naughty. I love you very much, mama. You are still my best friend. And I get it, no more stuffing/sniffing things up my nose.

Before I forget, here's my souvenir from the whole experience.

Regards, Tiger.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Toy-centered Learning with EQB

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Let's face it. Now that I have two kids, multiple jobs, an OCD overdrive and the need to constantly organize my home,
I barely have time to do an entire learning theme. 
I can choose to sacrifice sleep but I prefer to have a longer life and better skin.

Besides, Dragon girl is really, really good at rejecting my efforts.

Therefore, I came up with this idea of doing things in a simple manner. 
Just one or a few toys, accompanied by flashcards/books.
I call it toy-centered learning.
I was inspired by this Tiger sent to me by Toy Tag International.

Toy of the week: TIGER
Theme: Wild animal
Just let the toy be the star of the show
Around him, some books about Tiger. 

Tiger, I mean my Little Tiger boy la, liked this book the best :)
Its about a baby Tiger who was born without stripes. (Real fact)
and ended up chequered.
Very cute. I googled and found that it was a Russian book originally. 
 Written by Andrej Usatschow, illustrated by Alexandra Boy.

 We are traveling quite a bit today, because this toy Tiger came from Korea.
I miss Korea, I really do.
Everything there is so nice. The food, the people, the weather.
I wanted to buy a Korean Alien ala Korean Drama "My Lover From the Stars"
 but unfortunately he wasn't for sale.
Nevermind, toy from Korea also jadi la.

Koreans are renowed for their love of all things beautiful and oh well, plastic surgery.
So this toy is no different.
It is so well crafted and honestly, the best wood toy we have.
It is as good as HAPE products.
This range of toys is called EQB.
They are made form natural hardwoods, painted with non-toxic colours
and hand finished with eco-friendly natural oils. 
 Tiger BOY and I used the simple guide to create different poses and
we told a story as we went along.

 The tale of a vegetarian Tiger
*sniff sniff*
What is that I smell?

 Oh! Is that a burger!??!
Can I have some? Can I? Can I?
*Imaginary tail wagging*

 Sniff sniff...hmmmm...

 No, you're not sharing?
It's okay. *Pretends to saunter away*
Then.....crouch and....


Dragon girl's counter attack!

And she snaps the head off. Ooopss...

No worries, the other Tiger in the house will fix you back.
It has a unique snap joint system which interlocks the pieces when you twist the parts.
Very cool. It ain't a normal stacking toy like LEGO.
It takes patience and refined motor skills to manipulate this toy.
It is, after all, called EQB which stands for Emotional Quotient Block.

No other animal was hurt in this story.
Here he is, with his buddies.
And they all live happily ever after.
The End.

As with any toy, let your imagination set you free!

Here we made a bento meal:
turnip, bear-shaped rice, nuggets and.....

......a roast turkey!

Baby T-rex

Baby elephant in the river

A playful cub. 
(The front legs are not connected)

Cute, ain't it?
EQB award winning toys:
- Good Design Award Korea Winner 2009, 2010
- The excellent Company Brand of Seoul
- Nominated for Green Toy Award Nuremberg Toy Fair
- Designated for Korea Premium Character Product Award
The full range here:


Tiger boy is asking for the car set. 
You can get your own EQB toy online at:
you can check them out at Robinson , The Garden Mid Valley

Find out more about EQB from Youtube

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Kids' New Reading Area

The Reveal!
The reading area is just outside of Tiger's study room 
which is the ideal location cause I can extend our lessons into this space.

It can also be easily converted into an art studio for Dragon girl as needed.
(Master plan is already in my head)

The area is small since we live in a tiny box house. 
Very New York, without the guns and police sirens (yet).
I love our humble abode, really and I don't need a bigger mortgage.
It was a real headache trying to fit everything together, but we worked it out :)

Initially I wanted these but reality who is going to do the crown moulding?
No one.

Then, I wanted this BILLY combination.
But IKEA was on sale and the large BILLYs were not in stock.
I swore a gazillion swear words and bought the 3 smaller ones.

I wanted to wait for BILLY but patience is not one of my virtues.
I am more of the psycho, desperate, must do and complete it type.
So, I dragged hubby to Tesco and got two large one at rm 119 each.
The difference in height and colour could kill me but I assured the psycho in me
that after all the books are in place, it will be barely noticeable. 

To make it more child friendly and inviting, 
I left a shelf to display the covers of books we are reading right now.
It was supposed to be about feelings but Tiger put his fav Mouse book there.

This is the toy-centered learning shelf.
This toy Tiger is so cute.
Will be doing a review on it soon!


Wanted to show you guys another one of our upcycling idea.
"The potted plant."
The plant is a square of faux grass rolled into an IKEA SOCKER pot. 
I wanted some plants but there's no space, so this will do.
My designer sister gave it a nod. Pass larrrrr!

The picture is a printout from Growing A Jeweled Rose here
The frame is from NYTTJA from IKEA

 This ANEBODA wardrobe is a hand-me-down from SIL.
I store some tot school and art material in it as well.
Bean bag from living room
Grass carpet is HAMPEN from IKEA.

Even hubs gave a thumbs up!
Dragon girl will always ask for stars (the fairy lights).

The children's art work is hung from this display unit from IKEA.
They all have weird names, so I cannot recall what it is now.

It was a lot of work but definitely worth all the bruises and scratches.
Almost every night we will lay on the carpet and read.
PS: Board books, pop-ups and other noisy books are in the play room.

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