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Token Morning Boliao Videos :
Before shower - Aidan on his fav chair *sigh*..I think I can't let him sit there anymore. He simply cannott sit still..244kb/2.85mb
After shower - kinda stoned...getting ready for his nap...280kb/3.27mb [the pretty girl is my maid's daughter]
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My nephew who is about 1 yr 7 month old (he is exactly 1 year older than Aidan) is not very vocal and has only spoken very few words (papa being the most frequent)..He has yet to call for his mom yet..Most of the time, he'll be really quiet..especially at my in-law's place.This worries his parents & grandparents a little.. With hopes that their son would improve speechwise, my bro and sis-in-law are now looking at signing him up with the Shichida method, which was highlighted in a recent Ch8 documentary called Superkids. The show had featured several children who had benefitted from the programme and who had showed off their genius and abilities. Several parents also spoke about how great the method of learning was and how their kid's learning abilities have increased by leaps and bounds trhough the Shichida method. I'm sure many parents after watching the who would be clammering to sign their kids up soon. There are several other teaching schools/methods like Glen Doman who adopts the use of flashcards for his teachings and speech and drama schools like Julia Gabriel The main similarity of these schools are that they are really really expensive!! I guess one would argue that u gotta pay for quality!

Anyway..all these talks about the various learning methods have got me wondering. Should I join in the fray and enroll Aidan in one of such schools or try to homeschool him using some of these methods? I was listening to NewsRadio today and there was this guy (cant remember his name) who was talking about a children's window of opportunity of learning..which starts as young as 6 months onwards till he is about 6. According to the Shichida website, the window of opportunity to assess the right brain is only up to 3 years old so it's better to start the child young so that he is able to benefit much later in life.

I guess this is something worth considering..If starting young would prevent the need to engage tuition teachers and making his studying life miserable, I really won't mind..According to several reviews from parents, the classes of these children are pretty fun-based and kids seem to enjoy attending them...well, not that I intend to send him to these schools right now..but am starting to read and research more about these various method of learnings. Am I turning into a kiasu mom? *shudder*
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Did anyone watched Extreme Makeover earlier on Ch5? It was a makeover show with a difference..instead of superficial makeovers like a new hairdo, makeup and clothes, the participants get a new nose, new boobs..basically, a it's a real makeover. Man..it was like a X'mas bonaza for the folks who gotten the free 'plastic surgery' makeover. One lady had a nose job, liposuction, breast implants, lasik and teeth whitening..The whole works!! They all looked better after all that definitely but I wonder why they had to dressed the ladies up in such trashy outfits and thick makeup to prove how good they looked! They definitely looked better dressed casually.. And omg..that Jose Eber - the 'hairstylist to the stars' looked exactly the same 10 years ago, with his blond, straight locks and his signature cowboy hat. Talk about being in a fashion warp. Even our local David Gan changes his look more often them him [well, cept for his hairdo coz that cant be helped]..

While watching the show, I can't help feeling that having a liposuction would be an easy way out in losing all the fats around my tummy..but hee, I don't have that kinda dough to throw abt goin for plasic surgery anyway and I would rather try my best to lose my weight/fats the hard way first!

But I'm now sorta thinking really seriously about having my eyesight corrected..either going through Lasik or Wavefront. Hubby isn't so sure about it coz he says that about 10% of such eye surgeries are unsuccessful and the long term repercussion of it is not known too. Anyway, he's okay to consulting an eye doctor to discuss it further... Would be great to have 20/20 vision and not having to fumble about looking for my glasses early in the morning and spend precious time in the loo trying to put on my contacts.


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auntyadele
Aug. 16th, 2003 08:06 am (UTC)
Wah you sleep late!
angeliatay
Aug. 16th, 2003 08:40 am (UTC)
yeah lor..every day..abt 2am+..weekends later :P
See ya tomm..wanna ask u more abt ur lasik surgery :D~
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hotshotss
Aug. 16th, 2003 08:49 am (UTC)
ehh i heard that lasik has a risk of infection and some other problems like incomplete correction? liposuction works short term too, know someone who's body type turned out weird because there weren't fat cells there anymore. so the fat moved elsewhere.....

erhm, just let Aidan do whatever he wants =)
angeliatay
Aug. 16th, 2003 05:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah...I'd read on the net of pple with problems after the eye surgery. Kinda scary. heh..i wasnt serious abt lipo so no worries there..

erhm, just let Aidan do whatever he wants =)
eh..which is eat n drink as much as he can and chomp on anythin in sight u know!
alisonrae
Aug. 16th, 2003 02:08 pm (UTC)
When my mom learned that Alison was going to Little Gym,she said,"See lah, these Singaporean parents, so kiasu!" Can't imagine what she'd say if we enrolled her for JG classes etc. Actually, we only take her to LG cos we feel it's good for her motor development, and her social skills as well. It's not cos we feel she has to compete to be better than others. I guess we are quite laidback. I don't think it's necessary to go for all these Shichida method etc. It just pressures the child unnecessarily. And for what? To make sure they get into top schools? I don't think a child needs that kind of pressure.
angeliatay
Aug. 16th, 2003 05:19 pm (UTC)
I agree with u that LG is more for our kids to develop motor & social skills..and in my case, it's also more for me so that I'll get out of the house more often :P..

Actually, the education system in singapore really scares me in that I realise I don't think I'm equipped to help my kid out if he has problems becuz I dun understand the syllabus as well. Even some of the pri. school stuff are so cheem. I was just wonderin that if inculcatin such learn methods when young will help them learn more effectively and aid them for their future education, why not? And the classes doesnt seem like those rigid classroom type (omg..cant imagine that for kids so young) but more fun based..so kids seem to enjoy themselves more. I guess maybe i seem to be 'sold' with that idea of needing to start them young *sigh*..Actually,I guess the reason is cuz i'm so darn laidback right now..hehe
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sweetching
Aug. 16th, 2003 03:23 pm (UTC)
I dun think u should worry about Aidan coz afterall, he's still a baby. I really believe that every person is different and everyone learns at his or her own time span and pace. Pushing one may not be the answer. Sometimes, the best way for someone to learn is thru imaginative playtime and patience.

Yeah.. I watched the Extreme Makeover. Of coz, they'll look nice but I'm sure they went thru a lot of pain and I dunno... " synethic beauty" always has it's downside u know ??? Wat if one day, your nose melts or your fake boobs burst?
angeliatay
Aug. 16th, 2003 05:23 pm (UTC)
yeah..but i'm quite a laidback mummy u see..I dun read to him as much as i should and most of the time, I roll ard and play with him hehe..I guess maybe I'm worryin a li' too early..I guess listening to those child pyschologists and educators on radio have sorta influecned a little..

yeah..am sure plastic surgery will be painful..esp during their recovery period..and true, there are some downsides..but u know lah..most of us are not satisfied with our looks and if there's any quick fix way to rectify it, most will try to..i know lotsa women in Singapore in their 30s are havin botox regulary injected to prevent lines on their faces.
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kasey1028
Aug. 16th, 2003 04:59 pm (UTC)
I feel, as u are a SAHM (permanent or not???), u can adopt home-based learning for him. Most of the facilities are available online to buy (eg Montessori materials, Glenn Domain method...). As Aidan is going for LG now, should be enough for him.

Such home-based learning normally takes 1-2 hr per day. Perhaps, as there are so many LJ SAHM mummies around, u can organise them around 1-2 times a week; share resources; and learn? Really such places like JG, etc. can all be done at your own end if u got time.

Talking about Shichida method, it really look scary.. Those kids are so young!!! if i was on this kind of program when i was young, I'll probably burn out when i am in my teens!!!!!!!!!!!
angeliatay
Aug. 16th, 2003 05:27 pm (UTC)
wah but those homebased materials are expensive man..like abt 1k plus? eh, but I think ur idea is good..to share resources..good to so that kids can learn together but whether we are equipped enough to do somethink like that is another thing.

Hee..yeah i guess Shichida does seem kinda scary. Must do a li' more research on it hehe..

What abt ur child. You are sendin her to some play/teaching school right?
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slumbermydarlin
Aug. 17th, 2003 01:20 am (UTC)
oooh i watched extreme makeover! lol yeah.. i tot they only make nose.. in the end the girl.. EVERYTHING also make.. maciam make a whole new person loh.. i think she paiseh dun dare to make more.. somemore the liposuctoin right.. like not very effective ah if do once.. cause still got quite some fats left.
angeliatay
Aug. 17th, 2003 06:19 am (UTC)
but u realise..that lady stephanie..she actually looks bigger after her makeover..the liposuction din really do much on her yet the other lady, stacey who worked out instead of optin for lipo, she looked really fit and slim..I guess no matter how much lipo u do, u still gotta work out to remain slim.
meganmacy
Aug. 17th, 2003 01:39 am (UTC)
My 2Cents worth? You should observe Aidan and see where his interest lies.. Megan was very into music and could sing in tune to Happy Birthday at 17 mths. So we enrolled her into Kindermusik for one term.

Then her interest swayed to arts so we enrolled her for art classes..

I suppose it is impt to nurture them and their interest but if she doesn't become a Beethoven or a Van Gogh, at least I gave her the opportunity lor..
angeliatay
Aug. 17th, 2003 06:16 am (UTC)
Well, currently, he's only interested in putting stuff into his mouth so unless there is a eating class..hehe..Well, will probably check out the schools first and see if they are really siong and if so, will decide to enrol him later..and like what u advise..to see which school is more suitable for him based on his interests.

It's really scary in a way..I mean sometimes, i wonder whether learnin at such a young age is necessary yet when u realise other parents are doing it, u fear that ur child is losing out then coz it means that he would be 'behind' and need to play catch up when he starts school..which I dun wan to happen to him..
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cutiecheek
Aug. 17th, 2003 04:04 am (UTC)
that pretty girl is your maid's daughter ? is she staying with u ??
angeliatay
Aug. 17th, 2003 06:12 am (UTC)
her name is May and she's the daughter of my part-time maid so she doesnt stay with us. She's half Filipino half Singaporean Chinese..Very pretty eh!
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e_rambler
Aug. 17th, 2003 05:37 am (UTC)
I forgot to record that Makeover show! Arrrghhh. Wanted to show my mum. Did you record it? Guess not...

As for LASIK, do let me know if you are interested. My colleague handles LASIK, and he should be able to get you a slightly discounted price...
angeliatay
Aug. 17th, 2003 06:11 am (UTC)
Eh never record since I managed to catch it..well, just watch next week's ep i guess..

Eh..I am interested. Can u pass me the contact or how should i go abt doin it? U sure they can offer discount like that?
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wenn
Aug. 17th, 2003 07:32 am (UTC)
i downloaded the videos and watched them. and aidan is really so cute (think i've said this a few times before)! -pinch-

if one looks better after plastic surgery, it's okay. but what with she ends up being the female version of michael jackson coz they said plastic surgery is very addictive. hmmm..

anyway, i've added ya ;)
angeliatay
Aug. 17th, 2003 05:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah..I heard plastic surgery can be very addictive..I guess it can become a constant need to be better looking ..but well, most of us dont have that kinda dough to spend on plastic surgery like MJ :P..

Addin u back :)
mamemo
Aug. 19th, 2003 11:20 pm (UTC)
It is every Mum's woes on education, brain development, health etc...
My opinion - Mummy is the best and lifelong teacher. He knows that you care and love him and that already ensures that he absorbs fast. Keep the child's interest going is more essential than worrying about what course to send.
But again, some things are important to encourage : swimming/Tennis/any other sports - gross motor skills, Art - for ease of him adapting to doing his homework, Craft - creativity.
Classes are good as long as it continue to induce interest...and the good thing is we have so many choices.

But then again, everyone has different approach and no one is ever wrong cos they did it for the good of their kid. :D
angeliatay
Aug. 20th, 2003 03:42 am (UTC)
Yeah I guess..but i dunno whether I have that kinda discipline to home-teach my child. I tell myself to read to him everyday but he'll be lucky that I do it twice a week..Knowing my (dis)ability, I was thinkin that sendin him to a school would definitely be better off..for mental development. Motor skills..that I can encourage :)
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