Thursday, February 28, 2013

Star Wars......Dang Dang Dang.....

Star Wars..... mmmmm.. everyone one knows Star Wars! Now my son has been introduced to Star Wars, he is sold. Big time fan now. Day and night.... I hear 'schoo schooeen...zzzt....zzt....', see hand gestures like the hands have some magical force opening doors.....etc.....

Recently we got a free Lego book from Borders (thru persistence, I got it for free!). Reese reads it day and night. He talks about Star Wars day and night. He saw all 6 episodes of Star Wars movies.... he is now into Clone Wars. Daddy downloaded Season 1 and 2.

Free Star Wars The Visual Dictionary! and R reading Star Wars related books. See the other 2 kids? they are also reading Star Wars books. 

The daddy is happiest because we have started our Star Wars Lego collection. The son plays with the figurines and the daddy builds (son helps a little) the ships. They talk about Star Wars all the time, they watch Youtube videos of people showing off their Lego Star Wars.... crazy..... tell me, what is so great about Star Wars??? I just cannot understand.

Reese's first drawings of Star Wars

 The daddy built the Tie-Advance ship with whatever Lego bricks we have. This was before we started to buy Lego Star Wars. 

Another of Daddy's creation. The X-Wing. Must salute the daddy!! 

The 1st and 2nd set of Lego Star Wars we bought recently

We are doomed! We started collecting Star Wars Lego. They are ridiculously expensive here in Malaysia and yet...... *sigh* The daddy just ordered the Millennium Falcon.... both the daddy and son are excited and eagerly waiting for it come. The daddy has every excuse to collect his Star Wars Lego now!

Battle out in the jungle. We built a little jungle.

Discussing and watching Youtube and drooling over other people's Star Wars Lego

I am a Jedi Knight!

Mummy helped make little props with shrink plastic! See the 'electric zap zap'? 

His reward if he finishes his math worksheets! Why are the Star Wars figurines so expensive? On average, each figurine is between RM30- RM80!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Lego and other Building Bricks

From young, Reese enjoys building things. He started with Mega blocks and wooden blocks. He would spend hours building mainly structures and play destruction after that. Since early last year, he took a serious interest in Lego bricks and my very own collection of Lego bricks became Reese's! Our collection has been growing ever since and it is increasingly difficult to just put all the Lego parts into big boxes. 

So for now, our Lego parts are sorted according to parts and store them in Ikea boxes. A big part of my living room has become the Lego play area. In fact it is quite permanent! 

What you see here is my living room filled with some of his Lego and other building bricks. 

My solution to his Lego bricks. All sorted according to parts. In the future will have to build proper storage just for his Lego bricks!

Lego is really a great investment because it allows a child endless hours of creative and fun play. Unfortunately it is very expensive here in Malaysia. :( BUT we found some alternatives! I think I did write a post on other building bricks some time back. Anyway.... do check out building bricks from China. 

If you like architectural buildings, look up 'Wange' brand. If you look at my picture above, you will see the Eiffel Tower, Burj Al Arab, Tiananmen and etc... These are all from Wange building bricks. They are dirt cheap as compared to Lego. On average, each set costs about RM149-159! Lego's Eiffel tower is about RM2k (bigger). The cons of these alternatives... quality is not as good as Lego, harder to fix them due to unclear instructions and fitting of the bricks together at times can be a challenge. Definitely need adult supervision. But hey.... they look great! There are a few other China brands and some are really lousy. 

Besides Wange, we found a really good quality Korean brand called Oxford. You almost cannot differentiate these bricks from Lego! They are cheap and instructions are clear. Definitely a good buy. They have mostly construction and military themed sets. They are slightly more expensive than the China brands. They are very generous with figurines too. :)

There is a shop in Centre Point, 1U that sells these Lego compatible bricks. Name of shop is Dream Factory at the old phase. 

Some nice stuff Reese built:

Reese designed and built this from scratch all by himself. It is a fort. 

Started his renovation on daddy's building

 After renovation. Reese completely transformed the building!

Monday, February 25, 2013

The Joy of Being a Child

I wish and pray my dear son will have a really memorable childhood! We as parents are doing our best to create those magical moments and it can be hard work! :)

Reading in a bookstore


Ice staking

Clowning around with his daddy while waiting for me at the market

One of his usual visit to PSN


CNY in Penang

Enjoying Valentine's Day dinner with us

Asking for his iPad (He was banned because of something he did)

Playing with Snap Circuits

Helping me marinate the Christmas turkey

I am Obi Wan

First time on a speed boat. We went to watch fireflies.

Clowning around

Drama Class 2013

Reese started drama class more than a month ago with a group of homeschoolers. It was quite a roller coaster ride so far. At times he is fine in class and at times... not so. Both teachers are very accommodating and understanding. 

Reese did the unthinkable on his 1st lesson when he called one of the teachers a 'useless piece of junk' because the teacher refused to let him do another presentation... I was in total shocked and was really upset. My child has never uttered any unkind words toward others and this was totally shocking. Anyway.... he was punished. I removed his iPad for a week and no comics for a month. He has learned his lesson. In fact, toward the second week he said I will not call teacher X rude words, I will call her ROMANTIC teacher X! Ha ha!

Drawing before class

Pretending to be a dragon

Working with one of the teachers

At first hubby was apprehensive whether we should spent so much money on this class because our son doesn't seem to participate well. Most of the time he prefers to do things his way. What hubby said was true but I know this class will be beneficial to him in the long run. Reese will learn to cooperate with others and take better instruction from his teachers. It is good exposure for him. If we keep saying he is not ready for group classes, he will never be ready. We have to start somewhere and wasting money in order to get the right exposure is necessary. 

We took Reese to watch a stage play (Ma Liang and the Magic Paint Brush) recently. Nothing fancy and with minimal stage props yet this is perhaps one of the most enjoyable play Reese has ever been because it engaged the children very well and the children got to play a part in it! Totally interactive. I loved it too. It was by Bites of Delights a local production with young and friendly actors. I can see they really love children. Do keep a look out for the next. You can check here for children theatres

See my super excited son? Reese even volunteered to sing a CNY song on stage! He sang a CNY song that was totally out of tune! hahaha.... totally no fear on stage.

Young actors

Reese getting involved in a scene

Kids having lots of fun during the play