Saturday, October 07, 2017

Review at Cake Avenue..

And so in a whiff.. September came and flew past. Being busy is an excuse so I decided to make use of the busy-ness a much more fulfilling one by spending more time with the family.
Anyway another year of September came .. and we were cordially invited to a food tasting session at Cake Avenue by a very dear friend of mine. The timing was so apt for the man of the da house.

And since it was a special month for a special one, I requested for a customised cake!


Isa at the door!


The menu already looked delicious enough!


Oh yes this is so important and I shall put this place at the top priority if I ever need a venue for my gatherings.


My little yet big boss looking through the special offer menu.


Dora looking thru the newly launched dessert menu!


And while waiting for Ray papa to park his car.. I walked around the cafe and so many beautiful sculptured cakes caught my eyes. Wonder how would our request cake look like?


Chloe.. you are one blessed girl to deserve such a beauty for your birthday.


And of course.. for that someone who is turning 40. 
Welcome to another peak of your life for mine is just a couple of years away.


This is dedicated to all you unicorns lovers out there!
*Aeroplane is model's own.


Or if you fancy your unicorns to appear in other colours.. Here they are..


Garlic bread with cheese.. yumssssss

And introducing to your their newly launched menu dessertssssssssssss


This new menu features 6 creations designed to mimic the look and feel of classic savoury diner foods such as hamburgers, corndogs, nachos and alphabet soup.. but yet it surprises the senses with delightful sweet and palette pleasing dessert instead! Apart from the 6 dessert items, you can also sample Cake Avenue's pre existing entrements such as Chocolate Sensation, Berries and White Chocolate and the Green Apple.


Alphabet Soup ($8.90)


Diner sliders and Fries ($15.90)


Lava Pops ($8.90)


The Great Con Dog ($8.90)


And this was our dessert!
The dessert that does not look like a dessert at all!

Nachos Dulces!
($12.90)

This dish certainly makes my day! Why? Because the combinations of crispy flatbread nachos packed with toppings such as chocolate mousse "refried beans", strawberry compote "salsa", julienned peach "cheese" and pistachio ice cream "gucamole".

I think this is enough for me to want more..!


And here is the very talented baker Chef E.T. behind Cake Avenue.


And my September baby with his customised Tottenham Hotspurs cake!

Oh and did I mention that Cake Avenue is certified Halal and they do delivery too!
Just click on the link above to know more!

You are welcome!

Please visit Cake Avenue at Cake Avenue’s new dessert menu is already available as of 1 September 2017 in their outlet at 33 Lorong Kilat, #01-01/02, Kilat Centre, Singapore 598132 (off from Beauty World MRT Station)

#Disclaimer: Rayconniebaby was invited to Cake Avenue for a personal food tasting session and we are were partially sponsored for this post. Cake order is out of our own. 

Friday, August 25, 2017

Do you want to be a preschool teacher?



The recent much controversial talk about the preschool sector really intrigues me. Don't misunderstand me, I am very proud to be a preschool teacher but yet also we know that this is a very tough job. But no one really know the underside of being a preschool educator thus I hope to shred some light from my experience on it. Maybe this will help you understand why an average of 5000 teachers will leave this post after their 5 years of work.

And first in my disclaimer, I would like to shout out loud that in this particular post, please understand that I DO NOT represent any of the companies/schools that I work for and all views and opinions are mine.

It took me a long while before I decided to be a preschool educator but do you know it really takes many to be a preschool teacher? Just a normal preschool teacher ok. Here is a post on how you can be one.. if you ever want to.. but of course a big welcome to you if you are hoping on the wagon.

Qualifications

A diploma in Early Childhood -Teaching (DPT)  is recommended but you can also be trained in Certificate in Early Childhood or Certificate in Early Years. But of course not only these, if you were lucky to score a B3 in your O level, you will probably get a L2 certification from ECDA. If not, you will be required to apply to take an IELTS exams to prove that your English is still up to mark then upon passing with a min of a 6.5 grade, your school will then apply with ECDA for your L2 certification. Else you will just be slapped with a L1 certification meaning you are only qualified to teach preschoolers until 4 years old. So please be proud of your child's preschool teacher who teaches in the K1/2 levels. It takes alot to be one. And I meant ALOT. Of course if your child's teacher has a higher qualification than just a Diploma, please give them a pat on their shoulders as each part time Diploma or Advance Diploma requires a min of 2.5 to 3 years to complete and a degree requires a min of 3 - 4 years to complete. And this really make me look up to those with a Master in Education. 

Another "qualification" that you are required to have would be a Certification in First Aid for Infant and Toddlers. This could be a 24 hours training that every preschool teacher is required to take and this piece of paper expires every 2 years. You hear it right.. every 2 years you would have to breath air into that mannequin to inflate the chest. *pant pant* Did I also mention we usually have to burn 3 of our weekends just to attend this class on a bi-yearly basis.

There are also some new regulations to ensure that all preschool teacher has to be kept abreast of new techniques and strategies for teaching so we are required to attend an average of 30-40 hours of training (be it curriculum or soft skills) every year. Yes we do get away with work for a break. But most of the time, we do have to submit an assignment at the end of the training that we do. And no, I don't enjoy the airconditioning for 8 hours straight.

Job responsibilities

To be honest, I think we do slightly better than Primary School teachers in a sense as curriculum teaching covers about 50% of the job. So if you think that we are "free" during our children's nap time, we also do curriculum plans for the term, lesson plans, organize fieldtrips, prepare teaching aids, pasting notices in communication books, update school app, attend meetings (for concert, carnival, sports days etc etc). 

Other than these, we are also responsible for our children's every inch that enters the school. From mosquito bites to fever management to medicine administration to missing underwear to remembering the 1001 enrichment class that our children attends inside and outside class. We even have to answer if children decides to drink less water for the day.. or just decided not to poop, we just have to answer for it. 

And as a senior teacher, I also have to manage a group of teachers and also handle parents' feedback in all aspects. So I do more meetings and some in house training during the children's nap time.

Managing children

As a rule of thumb, let me share with you some (impossible to do all) examples of what a preschool teacher should do.

Here are what we discourage:
NO corporate punishments like pulling the ears or face the wall
NO physical punishments like hitting the hand or backside
NO degrading of the children such as calling the child stupid or idiot or insulting children
NO deprivation of basic needs such as don't give water or food just because the child misbehaves

Here are what we encourage:
Yes to negotiation - talk to the child if the child misbehave 
Yes to time out - eg 2 minute of time out on a chair for a 2 year old child etc
Yes to positive reinforcement such as "I am so glad you helped me clear up the mess"
Yes to updating parents if child decides not to eat; so we usually will try to offer something else.

Attire

I always gets very upset to mention this but apparently I left one of the prestigious school because of attire issue. They require me to wear smart casual to work and the senior teacher told me off for wearing a A line skirt to work on a Monday. Perhaps she could see my flag, perhaps it was too short, perhaps. Anyway I left after 6 weeks of work.

To be honest, if your school provides a uniform, maybe you are lucky. For some schools, not wearing uniform also might mean you cannot wear jeans from Monday to Friday, no skirts above knee, no decorative t shirt, no culottes, no shorts etc etc.

Well.. "I just want to be in a comfortable attire!"

To close this entry, I can only say that the status of the preschool teachers is going up a higher notch. But question is... how fast will this be?

And..

DO YOU STILL WANT TO BE A PRESCHOOL TEACHER?
Now let me sit back and relax while I chomp on my supper with a cuppa of tea.


Sunday, July 16, 2017

2017 #turning36 Part II


And regardless.. this is always a must for my every staycation.
My best oils..

See I told you.. 
sans kids.. only literally.. both of them were laughing so hard as we were photobombed by a pair of legs.
Small cosy pool but enough to keep the kids busy.


And when was the last time we had a ladies night. 

11/07/2017 Tuesday 

Us at a karaoke session.. and had to bring the princess as made this promise to her many moons ago. 


And look at what this cheeky monster is doing to Papa while he sang.

And that was the end of the celebration.. all well ends well. I went to work very recharged and am ready for the next busy period. Bring it on!
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Monday, July 10, 2017

2017 #turning36 Part I

After being a mum.. it's always seems that our own well being will take a back seat. But somehow or rather.. is it because of age, I actually realize taking care of myself is also very important.

Perhaps just perhaps.. I am giving myself excuses. *sinister smile

Anyway here is what I have been doing for the past few days.. week.. or even month of celebration.



07/07/17 Friday
Starting Friday.. my school was closed for some training. Boy was I glad. My mood for celebration came like end of Thursday. The only thing that I was short of was literally jumping off in the air... I had to replace with skipping and hopping to the car after work and make sure that no one watches me from behind.


08/07/17 Sunday
Sunday and me in the legendary birthday chair. Spot me in my new short crop hair and sharper chin. I pray for everyone's good health and I grow wiser spiritually wth His words.



10/07/17 Monday
Staycation!
I dote on myself so much that I booked a staycation for me and my friends.
Alright! I'm getting myself disconnected.. bye for now!




Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Summary of our 2017 June Holidays..

Is it just me or did this June holidays just ended in a blink of an eye?

Here are what we did..

Kids participating in our church's COOL Camp.


Isa fared quite well for his first 3D2N getaway from us. Though Dora did not stayed overnight but as she skipped her nap, she was a little cranky towards the end of each day.


And kpo me.. helping out at the popcorn booth at the camp carnival. Little girl was just more keen to hang out with me at the booth than with her friends.

 But I was glad that both of them enjoyed themselves alot during the camp. So much so that the camp song is still ringing in my ears.


Isa's swim camp aka rigorous swimming training


This was what Isa did in week 2 and 3 of the holidays. He was placed in yet another camp but this does not require him to stay overnight. I was only very happy to know that he was selected to join in the competitive squad wef from this year but just did not expect him to join in a official competition so fast! Think I am more excited than him. Just imagine he has to swim on an average of 4x a week. This is my little boy on his first 8 am swim class. I am only more than impressed that he did not whine or fuss when he is suppose to wake up like 7am on a non school day. Let's hope he can continue to be discipline in his swimming schedules and also in his school work.

Sick Lil I at home..


My dear littlest was quite sick during the holidays.. I suspect he gotten the bug from the sister plus the weather was horrible. Anyway the bug was quite persistent and so was I. I was very determined to use my Young Living essential oils to help him ease his cough. Boy.. so finally after 3 weeks of consistent oiling, he finally bade bye to the nasty bug that was in him. Email me if you wish to know more about my customized cough blends for they are available for sale.

Art Science Musuem

Love extended weekends when I can actually take leave on a Monday and Tuesday and planned for play dates with my friend and her kid.
And so on the Monday, I braved it out and brought the kids on public transport to Art Science Museum and we went to two exhibitions. 


I love jump shots!


In the Future+ exhibitions..
Out of the several times that I had been to the Art Science Musuem, this has to be one of my favourite. It is definitely kids' friendly. Just that I feel the dim lightings did made me a little dizzy at the end of it. You can be spending about an hour to two in just this exhibition alone.


One of the display panels where you can colour a certain picture and just remember to place it in the scanner so that your picture will appear on the screen! Can you spot the truck with DORA on it?


And so.. since we were near, visiting DC Cafe was a must! And the kids have to dig in the rainbow cheesecake, even before I take pic!


And we definitely had to go Hamleys too! My cute little Dora asked if we could buy this. I almost fainted at the price tag. 
"No mei mei.. maybe another time, ok?"

So in total, including taking public transport, we spend about 7hours outside. Imagine how exhausted I was. 

Downtown east

Be sure to patronize TWO WINGS at downtown east if you are there, I promise you will not just have one serving of their chicken wings.
Be it original, chilli crab or salted egg flavour, all are as delicious. Do look for owner Snyder and mention to him you are recommended by me.




One of the interesting corners of the Orchid Bowling Alley is the miniature bowling alley for kids.
Which kid can resist this?  


This is one of the latest shop that just pop up here. VR games for kids.. how cool is that?
Price was $3 for Dora's and $6 for Isa's. Quite affordable.

Laser Quest at Our Tampines Hub


And finally Isa had a chance to catch up with his classmates. Although it was a merely 2 hours over Laser Quest and dinner, it was good enough! Till our next date.

North East Zonal Swim Meet

This has to be the highlight of the month. All the intensive training are all preparing Isa for this event. And we had to be at the venue at 7 am.. Just imagine how early I had to wake up, even earlier than work. I guess I was lucky as I volunteered and I was assigned to be the time keeper for the event thus I was actually able to know and also understand how difficult it is to run an event. But good thing is that I was also able to witness how determine and strong the kids are, just for the competition!

Imagine one of the best records that I had tallied was 37 seconds for a 50m swim! How incredible was that? 


Just some of the squad members of Sapphire Swordfish.


Isa with his very "demonic" coach KK.
He is actually a very nice chap and I like the way he disciplines the kids for swim.


And hey.. backview of  my swimmer boy!


Just this morning.. on the last day of the June holidays.
So long holidays.. till the next round!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

My not so little girl..


 


tall and skinny, picky in eating, emo, feisty and sharp tongue in debating with me. Seriously?!!
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Datz my #5yroldgirl and her new #passportphoto 

这就是我家的小辣椒.. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Throwback to 2017 March.. BKK trip with the sis

Throwback in March earlier this year, my sis and I had a girly trip to BKK! It had been such a nice trip.. no kids shouting "Mama~~~" is one thing.. I could also sleep until I woke up naturally. No stress over breakfast as our meal times were all haywired. Who cares right.. a vacation should be this way anyway.

Here are some photos of my trip.. 15 years from the last time I had been to BKK.. suaku or what. And so for a person who has not been there for 15 years..I booked a 4N trip and my sis laughed at me! In the end.. but I was as happy as a lark and my heart is so full .. and legs are so aching..


Day 1 loots..


Day 2 loots..


T Shirts loot..SGD$4 for a piece. how many do you want to get?


Day 3 loots..


Chaktutchak day loots..


This not so cheap tuktuk brought us around and left us stranded at some ulu place.. Thank God for google map. On a empty stomach and 2 lost sheep finally found the Boat Noodle!


One bowl was merely less than SGD1! How many bowls can you eat? But to warn you, this place is not easy to find.


We hit on Hello Kitty cafe by chance. 
It is just in one of mall by Siam Square BTS. Not difficult to find.


Pony Cafe is the one that was difficult to find. But it is walking distance from some BTS station.
To be honest, we did not have an itinerary. We jus had data plan on hand and just google anywhere we wanted to go.


We also went to Asiatique Night Market in which I did not find it that fantastic.
The things they sell are similar to what you can get from any night market with a very jacked up price. 


For only less than SGD$12 a person.. we had steamboat.. for lunch! Haha..


So sad to hear that BKK is not going to have any more street food wef from Dec 2017. I was glad I actually had a chance to still have my fair share before they really (hopefully not) close.


You cannot miss out on this fish maw soup from BKK chinatown!
Who cares about the price. Just eat.


And that was the guy who cooked our noodles for us. Damn nice chaotar smell. I could literally see that his hand was jus hovering above the fire. But he just don't seem to care.


Tip for shopping in Bangkok. Visit Big C the last because the stuff you get from there will definitely overload your luggage weight. Anyway there was free carton boxes outside Big C and so we sealed all our purchases - ready to head back to hotel then to the airport.


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