Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Reese in Action...

Moments like this is magic! We've never seen Reese draw a castle with this much detail. Have a look...all the random strokes, just like how a real castle should be. Except that this one was cooked up in his dreams. 

An imaginary castle. The windows are covered in stained glass. This was done tonight at 6 years 1 month old. 

For the past month or so, Reese hadn't really drawn anything in detail. Mostly sketches and scribbles. This came as a darn good surprise. :) The most detailed castle ever.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Reese was featured in The Star

Last Wednesday, Reese was featured in The Star paper. We were quite surprised that they generously gave him 2 full pages. :)

If you have not read, you can read it online : http://parenthots.com/features/Strokes-of-a-gifted-child.aspx

Now, we are hoping Reese will be holding his first solo exhibition REAL soon!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Universiti Putra Malaysia - Farm Visit

Our 2nd field trip this week. Yesterday we visited UPM to one of its farm. It was a very educational and Reese and I had a great time despite the heat! The staff were really nice and they even prepared lunch for us. City folks like us hardly have a chance to get dirty and learn about farming. So I was really grateful that we went for this field trip. The children planted some plants, learned some techniques along the way. They visited a small Tilapia fish farm, saw some cattle and even kampung chickens. We enjoyed this field trip very much despite the scorching sun!

Briefing by a really friendly Pakcik...sorry, forgot his name.

Reese on a padi planter machine

The kids were having fun exploring the machinery

Melon! Planted the hydroponic way

Mom! Look at this... 

'Bak Choy'


Kids had fun helping out with planting

My cheeky boy having lots of fun

Kids were excited to plant some seeds

So eager to plant...

Watching our kids have fun made all the parents happy too!

Busy arranging the plants

Pineapple shoots, all ready for the kids to plant

Learning to measure before planting

Reese's favourite activity, making holes for planting the shoots

kids having fun planting...

All he wanted was making holes

Staff preparing some refreshing Pandan coconuts for us to drink

everyone so serious with the 'job'

This is a vanilla plant

Helping to fertilise the vanilla plants

Break time! The staff actually prepared snacks and lunch for all of us. Such hospitality!


Tilapia fish farm

Kids checking out the huge fish cage

Reese was reluctant at first but eventually over his fear...

A red ant nest

Walking to see the cattle. They have both cows for meat and milk

Fresh grass for the cattle

There they are...

Special pellets are added to the cattle's diet

Kampung chickens...apparently these chickens can fly!

Ok..... this week is really crazy, we have 3 field trips in a row! One more to go.... 


On Tuesday we visited German-Malaysian Institute in Kajang. We were given a tour of Eye of the Sky exhibition where beautiful satellite images of the earth and its surrounding places were captured. After the exhibition, we were taken to view some final year students' work and other exhibits. Our hostesses and hosts were very friendly and towards the end of the trip, everyone was taught a little German! A group of student even told the story of Hansel and Gretel in German! The children had a great time. 

A short briefing about Eye of the Sky exhibition

Children were in awe of the images

My cheeky boy


Halong Bay, Hanoi


Trying out an invention by some final year students

Trying out mechanical arm

A popular invention among kids. It plays music

Reese was fascinated with these mechanical arms

Things here were all hands-on, children were allowed to try and work on things

Getting ready for some German lessons

A group of GMI students working their charm! They are telling the story of Hansel and Gretel in German and English

Nice banner isn't it?

A group photo

Some machinery designed by GMI students