Shee Yun has marching at school every day now. It is in preparation for their sports day. Michelle used to do something similar during her secondary school days. There was once she fainted due to the heat. Shee Yun has not fainted yet, but she has been getting sun burnt. She is often tired after school, and sometimes she goes to bed as early as 8pm. I think it's good that she is getting some physical exercise. She seems to be enjoying schooling at Wesley. I think it is all very refreshing to her. She probably also likes that lessons are taught in English. Homework is less than at Naam Kheung. Sometimes she has no homework.
Shee Yun's ex-classmates have been bugging Chen Rui at school, keen to find out how Shee Yun is doing at her new school. Sometimes Chen Rui tries to avoid them.
Shee Yun will be taking Chinese classes. In the first week, Michelle had asked her about it, and she said she didn't want to take Chinese. Michelle allowed her to decide. After Michelle told me, I felt uncomfortable about it. I know the standard of Chinese being taught at international schools is usually lower than the standard at national schools. The progress of the syllabus is about half, i.e. content being taught at Form 1 covers only half of the Form 1 content at national schools. So by Form 5, the standard is only at about first half of Form 3 at national schools. Still, I prefer Shee Yun continues to take Chinese. We are Chinese and we should not lose this part of our identity and heritage. It is not just the practicality and usefulness of knowing Chinese. It is also the values, the culture and the way of thinking that come with knowing Chinese and learning Chinese. Last year, before we agreed to let Shee Yun try Wesley, she had agreed to continue her Chinese learning. So I spoke to her. She did remember agreeing to it, and she agreed to take Chinese classes. That was a relief to me. It is still a little unbelievable to me that despite both Michelle and I being so Chinese, the children are very westernised. Michelle and I used to be active in Chinese Language Societies, and in my case even up to university days. Chinese lessons are not included in the basic school fees. We have to pay extra for it.
Now Shee Yun is going to school by herself. I still walk her to the station in the morning, because the route is usually deserted so early in the morning. I bid her goodbye at the LRT station. There will always be some people at the station and on the train, and from the destination station to school there are always other fellow students. Since I am getting up so early every day, I make it a routine to do my 45-minute stair walking after sending Shee Yun off. This will help me maintain regular exercise.
Last weekend we helped Christina's (Chee Ying) family move house. Chee Chee was sad at first because she felt her elder sister has close friends, but she doesn't have any. Poor girl. Kok Man says she is unlike Christina and she doesn't proactively mix with other children. Thankfully she joined the older girls later and cheered up. In the afternoon when she and Christina came to our home (so that their parents can continue the work at the new house without worrying about them), the moment she stepped into Shee Yun and Chen Rui's room she bluntly declared how messy the room was. Indeed Shee Yun and Chen Rui are rather hopeless in keeping their room tidy.
At the end of the day, after Christina and Chee Chee had left, they turned back, because Chee Chee said she wanted to give a Pokemon doll to Chen Rui. I was surprised. I guess she likes Chen Rui. Chen Rui does like Pokemon a lot.
I started a new game of Fiasco with the children, this time using the scenario that I created, based on a world similar to Harry Potter's. Wizards and witches live among humans, unknown to mankind in general. Many of the locations I use in the scenario are real-life places I found using Google Maps, so before we played I showed these locations to the girls, e.g. Dartmoor National Park and Tavistock town in England. I showed them the pyramids of Giza and also photos that Michelle and I took when we visited Egypt. We used Google Maps to look up the places in London where Michelle used to stay, and also places in Melbourne where I used to stayed. We then looked up our homes in KL, in KK, and also Michelle's parents' home in KK. We spent so much time playing with Google Maps that we ended up not writing much that day. Our Fiasco is becoming an on-and-off thing, broken up into many small sessions. It is originally meant to be played in a single session of about 2 to 3 hours.
After writing a few paragraphs of Fiasco, we played Love Letter instead. It was great fun.
This is my character, Kevin Smith, in our new Fiasco game, a top student.
This is Shee Yun's character, Novelia Salway, a mischievous student. I think she came up with this name by using an online name generator. She said she couldn't draw, so I drew her character for her. Her requirements were blond and green eyes. I decided the rest for her.
This is Chen Rui's character, Fiona Prelich, the school caretaker, who is also the mother of Kevin Smith, but the relationship is unknown to most people at school. So Chen Rui is my mom. Even before we started playing she had already decided what kind of character she wanted to be. She wanted to be a fairy with bat wings. So she forced this onto the character we created during game setup. Now she is supposed to be some guardian secretly protecting the Dartmoor Wizarding School.
I keep teasing her "butt wings, butt wings".