Toddler ramblings

November 14th, 2016 by juznuts

Recently, my little toddler has taken to having long conversations on the phone, while pacing up and down the dining room. It’s mostly gibberish though, but it’s cute cause he’s actually imitating his grandma. 

His vocal vocab has gotten a lot more extensive, and it’s cute to see him practicing words on his own when he wakes up in the morning. He repeats words, including words introduced to him the day before, in that cute little voice of his. One of them was “sock shoe” as his attipas shoes are actually a sock-shoe hybrid. 

It’s amazing how kids pick up language without formal lessons. I’m thinking repeating words is part of the language learning process!


Toddler Musings

November 14th, 2016 by juznuts

Today …

S: Do you want me to teach you how to read?

D: Yes. 

S: The fire station is open. Say after me.

D: After me. 



Last week …

Me: Are you a boy or a girl?

D: Boy. 

Me: Is daddy a boy or a girl? Daddy is a?

D: … Daddy

Me: Then how about mummy? Mummy is a?

D: Mummy. 



Some time back … 

S: Do you love mummy?

D: Yes. 

S: Do you love daddy 

D: No … 

S: Why?

D: Because Daddy is so … Daddy. 



July 1st, 2016 by juznuts

When my toddler wakes up, he doesn’t linger in bed or snooze saying “5 minutes more” – when he’s up, he’s up because he’s looking forward to play. 

If u dread getting out of bed, it’s most probably because you dread what’s ahead in the day. Maybe then it’s time for a reflection. 

When we reach the stage where we are happy to jump out of bed each morning, perhaps then we’ve found our dream thing. 


June 24th, 2016 by juznuts

Wow, I’m watching History in the making – looks like the divorce is really happening. It’s not a unanimous one though. They would leave, but as a country divided, hopefully just temporarily.

If it were Singapore we would probably remain as status quo.

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Separately, also my first day back at work after 2 week break. Exciting times.


It happened. Britain votes to leave the European Union.

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Call of the Wild

May 14th, 2016 by juznuts

I think I scarred my almost 2yr old toddler a tact bit today – I let him witness a lizard hunting a giant flying ant. 

Before this, a lizard to him was just this thing that scrambled across walls and made really loud noises. 

Now, as he was sitting on my lap a bit afraid to move, a lizard is the thing that “umm the ant”. 


Neighbors 2

March 2nd, 2016 by juznuts

Today I met one of my elderly neighbors on the way to school. She told us the names of her neighbors dogs, the 3 dogs we say hi to every morning – coco, toffee and oreo. Then she also said she had 8 (I think) grandkids – the oldest is 16 and the youngest 5!


January 6th, 2016 by juznuts

I’ve lived in this estate since I was 7 years old, but I’m embarrassed to say, I don’t really know many of my neighbours.

Here are some I know:

Our immediate neighbours: an old lady who loves cats, and lives with her single daughter.

Our opposite neighbour owns a light shop. My mum knows her as Mrs P, but not what her real name is.

Next to our opposite neighbour is someone who goes to the same country club as my parents do, and they play golf occasionally. They own a few greyhounds which they walk daily (with a cane)!

I’ve come to know some new neighbours recently. I don’t know their names though, and the reason I know them is because I walk past their houses every morning while sending D to his play school down the road.

There’s the botak gynae who always seems to be home. He has 3 dogs which D will excitedly say ‘woof woof’ when we walk past. He also has a grandkid who goes to the same school.

Then there’s another old lady with curly hair with 2 grandkids – a girl and a younger boy. She and her helper brings the 2 kids for walks in the park quite regularly, and my mum knows her too because they’ve met a few times while she brought Daniel out for a walk too. She’s usually gardening when we walk past.

There was once she was talking to the neighbour opposite, another old lady with short hair, with a yard big enough to have a badminton court!

A couple of doors down, there is this house whose door is always half opened, but the driveway is always empty – no shoes or other barang barang at all. I always thought the house was empty and that the doors and windows are half open to air the house. But hey, one day I saw an old lady walking in the front yard! Another day, I saw her dog, with a slipper in his mouth.

Just before his school, there is a house where an indian elderly couple usually sit out front on their porch in the mornings to drink their coffee and read the papers. Every morning they will wave to D, and D will wave back happily. On days they aren’t out, he wonders where they are. They too have a grandkid going to the same school.

And so in the span of 1 short month, I’ve come to know more neighbours then in the 20 odd years I’ve lived here. All because of a little boy. Amazing huh?

(Yes I’m not a very engaged neighbour :p)


November 1st, 2014 by juznuts

There are two main parts to school – learning through books, tests and exams, and learning through human interaction, activities and situations.

I loved school for the fun times, the friends made, the experiences shared, but not the studying. School in a way scarred me. Till today, 9 years after leaving the formal schooling system, I still have nightmares of exams – of forgetting to study, or just plain forgetting I had an exam on that day. And I’ve probably forgotten 90% of what I’ve studied.

We eventually forget with time right? Except having a kid essentially means resetting time, and we indirectly get to relive school all over again – new syllabus and all.

Then there are different learning methods.

The dry way is listening to the teacher lecture. I just finished attending a half day talk on property related matters, which just reminded me how there isn’t a “one size fits all” kinda teaching or learning method. The talk interested me because of the list of topics.

Except I spent the first two hours of the talk basically learning about really interesting income tax related issues, but not the only question I hoped would be answered. That was later settled by asking the speaker after, but that’s two hours of my life I’ll never get back.

Then there’s Q&A driven and interest-based learning. That seems to be the latest trend in learning. It’s very common in facebook groups. You join a group based on interest (eg fishing) and if you are newbie, you learn from the questions others ask (eg where are some fishing spots in sg, what type of rod/bait/string is good etc). It’s like having different people asking variations of the same questions over and over again and the answers kind of sinks into your head eventually.

The interesting part of this is there isn’t a model answer, which is the part I love, because this isn’t school. This is the real world and there is no model answer. Eveyone says their own two cents and it’s up to you to make up your own damn mind. And that’s real life.

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. — Albert Einstein

I would love to see Daniel explore the world by questioning everything and hopefully changing the world by coming up with new answers. Smart phones kind of sucked before Apple came up with the iPhone. Steve Jobs wasn’t even thinking of creating a phone from scratch. Apple was suppose to tie up with an existing company. He made it happen in the end because he wasn’t happy with what was out there at the time.

So Daniel, my wish for you – go forth, explore the world and make it a better place. I will not be able to answer all your questions, but I would definitely encourage and guide you on where to search for answers. I foresee Google becoming your best friend.