The piano exam results are out. Both the children passed the exam. Chen Rui scored 113 (Pass), and Shee Yun scored 120 (Merit). The passing mark is 100 (out of 150), Pass is 100 - 119, Merit is 120 - 129, Distinction is 130 - 150. The children did not seem to have much reaction to the results. Me either. Had I not taken notes after Michelle told me, I might have forgotten to report the results at this blog. I have a habit of keeping records, so these things get jotted down somewhere.
One weekend when I brought the children to the nearby kopitiam for lunch, Chen Rui couldn't finish her bottle of Ribena and brought it home. She took out the ice cube tray and filled four compartments with Ribena. She wanted to make Ribena ice cubes. She said by making these ice cubes, when she used them to keep her Ribena cold, they would not dilute her drink, because the ice cubes themselves were made of Ribena. I wonder what gave her the idea. I have seen this trick on the internet, but it was applied to coffee.
The children still don't know how to use chopsticks. Whenever we go to the kopitiam, we need to ask for forks and spoons for them. Surprisingly I have a colleague Edmond who is also like that.
Now that we have decided to send the children to an international school for their secondary education, we know our education expenditure will be much higher, and we need to save in other areas. Michelle told Shee Yun that we will not be able to afford overseas holidays as often as before, and when we go for holidays, we will likely have to look at cheaper options. Shee Yun said as long as we can still afford to go back to KK regularly that would be OK. I am happy that she thinks that way. She treasures spending time with her grandparents and her cousins.
28 Aug 2016. Playing Confetti, a review copy I received from Russia some time ago. I am not particularly keen about this game. It was Chen Rui who suggested it. It's a simple, real-time game.
Ingenious has some similarities to Scrabble, but requires no language skills.
31 Aug 2016, Merdeka Day. This is Machi Koro. I have played this with the children many times. They like it very much. This was Michelle's first time playing.
Shee Yun now plays strategically. She won this particular game. It was mainly a contest between Michelle and her this time. I did poorly and was nowhere near them. Chen Rui plays on a whim. She buys what she likes and doesn't really have a plan, or a direction in her mind how to get to a winning position. Sometimes Michelle and I cannot help reminding her to buy this, or not to buy that. We can't help guiding her when we see her make obviously poor moves. I wonder whether that's the right thing to do. Maybe we should just let her enjoy the game the way she likes. She does have fun playing. We don't direct her much. It is only when she makes a very bad move.