Friday 24 November 2023

We persisted in HCL

PSLE results is released. I survive to tell this tale of why I didn't want my son to drop Higher Chinese Language (HCL). 

At the end of J2's P5 level, his Chinese teacher called me up, asking me to consider dropping him from the HCL subject. He wasn't doing well, failing, or barely passing it. I told the teacher to give him more time, till at least prelim. Not because I'm a stubborn Mum, or that I want to give him additional stress. There were just many reasons why I persisted on with him.


Firstly, Chinese is a language that is for life. Whatever learnt during HCL class will never be redundant. It is something that he can learn and apply in our daily course of life, or even for normal Chinese subject. No doubt, the paper formats are different, but what is the harm to knowing more Chinese vocabulary? Focus on the learning, much more than for exams.
Secondly, we don't do any tuition classes. His only extended days are during his CCA days, which is twice a week. Mondays, after school are for higher Chinese classes. No one else knows your child better than yourself. For mine, we know that days when he's back early, after school, he would very quickly rush through school and my work, then zoom off to watch TV or get on digital games. Mostly beyond an hour. I would rather school keeps him well occupied with meaningful activities and lessons, than getting on screens at home.
Thirdly, when your child's teacher sounds out concerns about your child's academics, you do have to do something about it. If you do not plan to do anything about it with your child, then perhaps, it really is wiser to heed the teacher's advice. I was insistent about not dropping HCL because I was determined to work out something with him. He was very much grudging that I didn't allow the option to drop. But I blame it on the freed up time for games and TV that was running through his mind. So here's what we did, we worked really hard together to pull the score up. I made him read compos after compos, memorise stunning and beautiful compo phrases, expressions and descriptions. We did past year papers, run through the common questions that were often tested in the comprehension sections, as well as, write and learn the hanyu pinyin of all the characters in HCL syllabus. I shared on Instagram story before, he gradually went from a single digit compo score to into the 30s. Sprinkled with much prayers, we really worked hard in sweat and tears. 
We relied very heavily on this series of Chinese handbook. We used them from P1 to P6, they're good and convenient with all characters, hanyu pinyin, 造句 etc. within the book. It's pegged to their textbook, 欢乐伙伴 syllabus. Get them here.   

Fourthly, in this new AL scoring system, you never know if HCL will be needed for school selection. If there's a tie in applicants vying for the same spot, Citizenship and HCL will give your child the posting advantage. Also, it's crucial when the score lies on the cut off points for SAP schools, mostly IPs or posting group 3. Never say never, because you really won't know what the choices ahead will be, or how the tables will turn. A look at the table below, if a child without HCL lies on the border of the COP, he will not have an added advantage to a child who has HCL, with Distinction or Merit. 
IP COP 2023
And of course, if it really is a struggle for your child in HCL, make a decision that most suits your family's dynamics. This is the decision we made, and I'm so glad we went from a pass to Merit, which is a huge achievement for him! And so, the son knows, every successful achievement comes with hard work, it's not by any stroke of luck, sitting by without any action plan. Mastering a language is always not an overnight magic. Given the alert a year ago, I felt I could use the remaining one year to boost him up for PSLE.
HCL Merit

Today, did we have to use HCL score to gain any school entry? No, we did not (seemingly). But it's no regrets that his Chinese language has improved so much! On the day he collected results, his Chinese teacher told him to Thank Mummy for his achievements. For that, I want to shamelessly take on much credits to it. I am very glad and thankful that it all turned out well.  

Read here too, how we managed to stay tuition free till P6 year. 

Congratulations to all P6-ers! Done well or not, always remember that hard work will pay off. All the best in the paths ahead. Parents, do always give them the unyielding love and support! 

Thursday 21 September 2023

Aura Blender Review

Most glad to have come by a blender that can be used anywhere and anytime! Introducing Aura Blender: the most powerful, personal blender ever invented for high-performance blend magic. Don't let the size fool you – this travel-sized wonder packs a punch for power, style, and convenience all in one! It can easily whip up your favourite creations from food to superfood, all in a matter of seconds. This Aura Nutri Extractor™ blades extract & retain up to 99% of important vitamins and minerals, ensuring your blends are packed with goodness in every sip. 

And here’s our Aura Blender Review.

The jar is made of borosilicate glass, which is a much safer option for food than plastic. Unlike regular glass, it's 3X more lightweight and doesn't break easily. Furthermore, borosilicate glass is safe for warm blends, whereas this should never be handled in a plastic blender as it poses a risk of toxic leaching into food. While, I may be worried about the risk of carrying something breakable out, I guess it plays to be extra safe keeping it in the Aura insulated sleeve

Aura Blender and Sleeve



Sleek and conveniently designed, it's easily charged by plugging the Aura Blender in to any phone charger or portable charger using the cable provided. You can even charge it from your laptop or in the car! It also works with regular phone chargers. The time to full charge is between 1 to 1.5 hours. It is fully charged when the light indicator stops blinking and remains white.

Convertible Feature

The Aura Blender comes with an extra bottle cap so you can replace the motor base and convert it into a lightweight drinking bottle. Easy to bring out!

Washing Instructions

Simply blend water with a drop of dish soap to clean your Aura Blender. Rinse with water, and you're ready for your next blended creation!

Always ensure that the motor base is not exposed to water. Any water damage to the electric components as a result of not following the washing instructions is not covered under warranty.

Use It! 

Here's what I tried with it - Lychee Watermelon Crush! Simply put together lychee (from can), watermelon and ice, and blend! It gives a refreshing treat which is just as good as getting from Booze. Cost savings here. 
With safety in mind, the Aura Blender has a built-in safety feature which ensures the blades do not function unless the jar is firmly secured to the motor base.

Lychee Watermelon Crush
Know what, I'm thinking that it is a good travel buddy to bring along for babies who have just started on semi-solids. Get your Aura Portable Blender today from their official website. Free delivery in Singapore. Blending healthy drinks just got easier and frequent for us! 

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Saturday 8 July 2023

[REVIEW] Fraser Residence Nankai, Osaka

Woah... dusting the cobwebs off my online blog! Excited to want to share on our Osaka, Japan trip! Which many Singaporeans visited during the recent June holiday.

First off, sharing our accommodation where we spent 3 nights in. We booked Fraser Residence Nankai, Osaka. Equivalent to a well furnished apartment, it's great for families. We took the Nakin Kansai Rapid express from Kansai airport to the residence. The train departs every hourly, and it takes about 40 mins to reach Namba. This greatly simplifies our logistics from Kansai airport, which is only a 3 minutes walk from Namba Station.

We booked the one bedroom executive that comes with two super singles, a sofa converted bed, and  separate living, dining area. Besides a kitchenette and there's also a 2 in 1 washing machine, which allowed us to pack light on clothes. Other little perks include a coffee machine and humidifier. The kitchenette is well equipped with items needed to cook meals, if you are planning to. With a kitchenette, it simply means there's a sink out of the toilet which is extremely useful if someone's using the bathroom. Toiletries are fully furnished, if you require more, you may get them at the reception, lobby. There's an iron and ironing board as well. Wi-Fi works extremely well, and there's Netflix too! Which gave me some pleasure catching up on my Korean drama. 


Bedroom with 2 super singles


Living area with sofa converted bed

Living area


Location wise, it's extremely convenient with Ippudo opposite, 551 Horai to the right and MacDonald's just diagonal. A 10 minutes walk to Dontonbori. We did 2 breakfast days at its restaurant, Namba Ribbon. Food variety isn't wide, but good enough choices of Japanese and Western cuisines. 

Highly recommend this accommodation for its room size and location. Even though the hotel was fully occupied during our period of visit, we could barely hear any noise coming from other rooms. Was a nice and quiet stay we had. 

 Not sponsored.