As an entrepreneur, as a mother, as a friend, as a woman, I realized in this world. You can please no one and also a lot of naysayers who will be there to bring you down, be it whether the person is your family, friend, or even no one in relevancy to you.
End day after being through this phase, I just realised the most important thing is how you feel about it yourself.
I used to think about getting validation from people closed to me aka close kins but I realised they do not walk the same path as me, neither they have the same experience and focus on the same subject matters thus… after so long;
So apparently as a working mum, it has always been a challenge for me to commit some of my time to teach linguistic subjects to the kids. Is either the kid becomes bored of me after sometimes and for younger kids, their focus ain’t really there.
Especially in the past 1 year ever since the pandemic. From home-based learning, after school hours and holidays… I have been trying to find something for Yahyah (No.4) to do. The 3 others can make their own plans and not much of an issue.
Another challenge close to my heart is that, majority of my friends are English-speaking with their Chinese being super duper “private limited”. The people at home whom the kids spoke Chinese to are my parents and my siblings at some intervals and my mum has been strict on our Mother Tongue since young. She went that extra mile to send us to 读经班 and our temple camps and I must thank her for the great foundation in Chinese.
However many parents tend to overlook the need for Mother Tongue and the lack of use for the language will also result in poor command of it.
I am thankful that I managed to get an exposure to Gua Gua Long Qimeng 瓜瓜龙启蒙 and joined the Singapore Team. A fun fact about Gua Gua Long — an AI-tech Chinese Education Product by Bytedance to help the children (Age 2 -9) increase their proficiency in Mandarin/ Chinese Language. Many asked me if the policies in China will affect the Product as a whole. The straight forward answer on a broken record is no, not much of an effect. We are in Singapore not other locations afterall.
Anyway to cut the chase, Yahyah has difficulties in focusing on learning through the virtual format. She will get distract easier and when I signed her up for the Gua Gua Long Annual Class (3200RMB), I was thinking that she will never want to continue after 1 or 2 lessons but to my pleasant surprise, she’s looking forward to it and she loves all the animation, classes and has learnt and memorized at least 10 new verbs with just 3 lessons.
She is 3 years old for god sake and 10 is quite an achievement for her. As a mother, I’m glad that my investment did not go to waste. 🙂
Yahyah attending the Gua Gua Long lessons before and after school.
Just a quick intro and insights to the Gua Gua Long Annual Class Package:
One-year subscription to teacher services
240 days of online video courses with machine learning interaction included (Courses are unlocked daily and users can playback on demand anytime and forever. Excludes public holidays and weekends in China)*
Each daily class is split into five modules (some which include AI interaction)
Supporting learning materials
*Come on, we need to give the kids a break at times.
As Gua Gua Long is kind of new in Singapore, we have too, curated a Parents Community via Facebook Group to facilitate discussions and also aid parents on this journey to unveil our Chinese Language and Culture.
Disclaimer: I’m posting as a mother of 4 and these are my own opinions thus it does not represent any organizations or individuals except myself.
Recently, I saw many news that spoke about the mental wellness and mental health of the younger generations. True that, there are many attributes that contribute to the negative well being — environmental, culture, the rise of the social media generations and the support made available.
Especially these 2 years due to the pandemic, many are facing not just the pandemic fatigue but the students felt a significant number of stress as the curriculum seems to be disrupted and it was done “nor here nor there”. And our society, sadly still focus largely on the academic.
My daughters shared that it’s hard to concentrate during the e-classes and the peer support to study together is not there. They do not know where they fall short of, teachers have been trying hard to finish the curriculum and ensure the students understand as much in this current situation (please note that they are unable to WFH like some of us and they too, are parents to their own kids.) to the best they could however kids being kids, they have this uncertainty and are unsure where their level of understanding are placed within the curriculum spectrum, within themselves.
And worst case scenario, in our context and (asian) culture, many of us do not adopt an open communication channel to share out the issues within. To make things worst, there’s a social stigma around mental wellness.
All I want to bring across is – us as parents, despite majority are brought up by the (traditional) generations, we should try our best to encourage kids to speak up in person or through private text if they felt awkward to share f2f and to assure them that it’s ok to feel stressed, to say no and to seek some professional help when required.
As parents, I just want them to know that I will be there for them and a healthy child is important than academics.
Just taking this chance to promote my second daughter’s instagram account – @andrealynndraws. Honestly I feel bad to take such a long time to create this account but I guessed the last straw was when she kept on misplacing her artpieces and also, people around will throw away her stuff on random materials (e.g. rough papers, tissue papers, etc — yes, she can draw almost anywhere) by accident.
Thus I decide to document her progression digitally and also perhaps this can help her to curate a proper portfolio when she’s older.
Honestly, No 2 has this flair and talent for drawings and arts that I do not have and being the quietest one amongst the 4, I guessed this is where her focus and attention are on.
Decided to make it or break it and thus left NTUitive/ NAMIC in Apr 2021 to help to pave ways for the family business despite perhaps I know this ain’t an easy journey and at the same time, took a break to work on myself, mental health and reassessing my path forward.
And then I realised – things will never work out the way it is despite how much you have planned including your back up plans.
1 week before I left NTUitive, my crypto trading went beyond the negative for the first time as I didn’t pay attention to my stop losses plan. For short trade, it’s heart breaking but I decided to HODL. And the best, R crashed my car and I just need to bring forward to scrap it. (Edited to include that he went on well and survived the crash. Er hmm.)
1 week after I left NTUitive, the spike in the community cases and clusters made me foresee a dejavu which honestly is driving me nuts due to the incident that happened last year that left me with trust issues with relationships ever since. I told myself that I will fight and win this war but internally, it gave me insomnia and etc. Thank god for my closest kins standing by me and distracting me wherever possible.
My said concerns were formalized with the Phase 2 Heightened Alert aka semi lockdowns. I’m forever amazed with the names that the Government has come up with, the circuit breaker, etc.
Took the whole month trying to find the right business model, right fit and also, spending time with the kiddos and the trying to upskill my knowledge. Decided that I need to really focus on agile methodologies to focus on matters thus I signed up for the course – Certified Scrum Master by NTUC Learning Hub (RTP: S$214) as I have utilized my Skillsfuture credits, I’m glad that I’m still eligible to get an one-off subsidy from NTUC UTAP programme and only paid S$107 to attend this.
This decision was made when I am thinking hard to push forward with my Masters or just, going through the skillsets based programme. Went for the latter as I’m afraid that I couldn’t commit with my careers and kids and I believed that academic credentials is important but being “human” and humane definitely bring it to another level. 🙂
Took these months to catch up on things that I couldn’t afford to do when I was in a full-time job and managing kids and finally made the efforts to declutter the house.
Went to catch up with a few friends when Government announced Phase 3 Heightened Alert where dining for 2 has been made possible. Also went for a dinner with R at newly opened Saute Sushi at Paya Lebar Square. Love their menu and the train conveyor belt that enhanced the whole dining experience. Hopefully as people are more conscious about the health and climate change, people will swing over to a healthier and vegetarian/ vegan diet. 🙂
Check out their spread and their prices are priced at an affordable pricing. 🙂 Currently, no reservations can be made and we queued for 30 mins (BFF queued for 50 mins) prior to get the seats.
Honestly, hope things get better for Singapore and looking forward to better years ahead. 🙂
During these 3 months, I learnt to be a better person and definitely shall not lower my standards from this moment on. 🙂 Empowering mind, empowering lives.
Just realised that it has been some times since I updated this space of mine. Life has been great when I took a big leap of faith to leave NTU to focus on Piggyback and the businesses, at the same time, rebuilding myself as it will soon be one year since it had happened.
I’ve been trying my best to overcome all the negative emotions and putting my energies on myself, kiddos and etc. And even crypto.
Got to admit that I still suck at short trading. The moment I sold on 30 April 2021, it mooned another 20% within the next 12 hours. LOL. Hopefully my $GRT will give me that bang for my bucks in times to come.
Looking back perhaps I need to change my strategies to do short trading. E.g instead of selling what I bought, perhaps I should sell my base value worth.
E.g. I used SGD 1,500 to buy in $GRT at 1.68 thus giving me 885 $GRT and perhaps next time I should sell $1,500 worth instead of selling 885 $GRT to get like a 20% profit margins. HAHAHA.
Just wondering if this will work. And I shall do that the next round. Let me know if you would like to share your tips in short trading. 🙂
The crypto world is going cray with all the community efforts in pumping what they called, shitcoins. LOL. All thanks to the viral reddit thread by SatoshiStreetBets.
They pumped $Doge aka DogeCoin which is created based on a meme featuring a Shiba Inu?! Like what?! And it was pumped up to 900% within 24 hours. And yes, Elon Musk sent a frenzy when he puts #Bitcoin in Twitter profile. Talking about the community strengths versus the hedge fund traders. It’s definitely a stressful week for the professional traders.
I did a shift to my portfolio where I focus on Altcoins now and as I was typing this, I just liquidate $GRT that gained a 5% within 2 weeks (The shitty part, the moment I sell the coins, it got pumped another 10% more, damn). $XRP did a good game too with 20% profit for me. Not bad for a short term trade.
I’m actually quite skeptical on the way I trade. For me, I just pick 2-4 and one of it will be the main based and prayed to heavens that it’s the right choice for me. But the stress level to look see at 3-4 will drive me nuts. HAHAHA. The reddit frenzy taught me that — You can read all the whitepapers u want but trading has no logic in crypto when community traders triumphed over the technologies, just like the Chopstick Theory that my mum loves to mention when I’m younger. LOL
Trade safe, trade well. Share with me your trading style via comments.
I found my closure and have locked up all my past negative posts.
Moving forward, there will only be positivity sharing.
Self Discipline is the BEST Discipline.
Till date, we will let fate decides.
Update: 15 Dec 2020; Amazingly, the cycle repeats and I managed to clear out on my Instagram. It’s ironic to be socially-decluttered and focus on self, life, kids and business.
A restart is good, a recharge is definitely better.
I would rather spend my effort in investing than focusing on the wrong things and reasons. Join me at my crypto journey today. Do you think crypto or rather BITCOIN will reach the 20K USD before XMAS? 🙂
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Address: 35 Hougang Ave 3, #01-02, Singapore 538840 (Situated within Hougang Community Club | Open in Google Maps) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/luckycatcafesg Payment: Cash, PayNow and PayLah! Operating Hours: Daily, 09:00am – 10:00pm (Kitchen will be closed during 2pm to 5pm on Monday to Friday. Last Order for Kitchen at 08.30pm and for Bar at 09.00pm) Vegan’s Notes: Vegan options available here. Please inform when ordering.
So apparently, I was browsing through Facebook and chanced upon Keith‘s Post on Japanese Vegetarian Cuisine and the bonus – it’s in my old hood and stone thrown from my mum’s. Being a Jap-Food fanatic, I am excited to find out if this place could be my new hangout place other than Teng Bespoke or Herbivore.
As you would have known by now – the parking is fuss free with ample lots at the nearby open carpark at Blk 24, Hougang Ave 3, Postal Code: S530024
Gentle reminder that you need to enter via the other entrance instead of the one facing the carpark. I love the cafe’s rustic yet ZEN ambience.
It kind of reminded me of some Taiwanese Teahouse (I miss Taiwan!) And the staff are friendly and helpful. Our orders as follows:
#1 Salmon Sashimi – S$4.00
Not bad! It taste similar across all the other Jap-Veg restaurants. However the soya sauce not sure if it’s personal but it tasted a little sweeter as per compared to other restaurants.
#2 Shitake Cream & Cheese – S$7.00
The kids love this because it’s a combination of their favourite food – Cheese and Mushroom. The cheese melts at the right temperature and the crisp was fried right. Not sure is this teriyaki sauce but everything just felt on point. On another note – this seems to be the hot favourite as I saw on the Cafe’s Facebook that many couldn’t get their hands on this dish as it was sold out at times.
Sharanne loves all the tempura stuff and didn’t finish up the rice bowl that she ordered and went straight to the snacks. The mini cheese and prawns was her favourite, with the teriyaki sauce – it was a double yums!
I must say this dish taste good. R ordered this and the crunch of the cucumber and vegetarian unagi seems to be the best match. The sauce and mayo amplified the taste and bring out the best.
For all the Udon fans, I’m so sorry! Because to be honest, I don’t see any of the udon dishes on their menu. Thus the noodle fanatic members of my family went for Somen instead. It tastes like the rice vermicelli though. Not too bad. The fish cake tastes okay but I’m not a mocked meat person so my views tends to be a little bias.
And in any case if you want to have a bite of the local dishes like Hokkien Mee and etc. The good news – they served it at the Cafe. 🙂
Without the crunch of the cucumber but was good in my opinion. I would love to try their Curry Don but it was out of stock when I went over on a Monday night time.
Sharanne ordered this. Took 2 spoons and passed it back to me. It tastes great, although I indicated less spicy I guess my tolerance for chilli is a little O_O. This would be ideal for those who take spicy food. By the way, this is served with breaded and deep-fried White Monkey Head Mushroom coated with a housemade sweet and spicy sauce atop a bed of Japanese rice with some side salad. Enticing right, spicy food lovers?
This is gooooooood. It tastes exactly like the Bubble Red Milk Tea. Haha! I heard this is one of the top picks over at their bar. Not sure what’s the content although I read through some reviews that they will serve warm milk and also soy milk (for the vegan friends?).
I would pick Always Christmas Chocolate anytime over Mocha because the former one contains trace of mint. The mocha was done right.
No prizes for the right guess. Yes, this is my drink. I love white tea because of the anti-oxidants contents.
To me, it’s quite convenient as there is direct bus from Hougang Bus Interchange and for those who drives, there are ample parking lots right at Blk 24 Hougang Ave 3. And in near future, minutes walk from (CR7) Defu MRT Station.
Not bad. But I feel the variety can be better. And given that it has just opened its doors, I believed it’s a matter of time that they will include more dishes. P.S: Please consider udon dishes. Hahaha.
Reasonable for a cafe-tier pricing. Portion looks good and I didn’t break my bank just to fulfill my Japanese Vegetarian food cravings.
Verdict: Will definitely go again but with COVID-19 Phase 2 still in place, there is limited seating right now due to social distancing. Can’t wait for things to get better next year. I would love to try the Curry Don and will re-order the Shitake Cream & Cheese and the Cereal Cream Tea!