His first competition and 5 lessons

When I was younger and participated in various school competitions – to me they were just stuff you do to win a prize. Little did I know that all these activities serve certain purposes and was part of an education. These were learning processes beyond the classrooms 4 walls. Even colouring activites are of benefit as we can ascertain whether a child can colour in the lines, recognize colours and use them appropriately. for instance, not colouring a cow purple and those sort of things. When I had a child myself, I began to discover the beauty of extra curricular activities. 

Ee participated in a Nasyid competition recently. He was apparently chosen by Teacher Zara because he was one of the few who memorized the song well. All they needed to do was practice and boy little Ee learnt a few things while training.

He learnt to;

  1. Accept criticism – in the beginning, he was a bit shy although he have been in the company of Teacher Zara and his friends for nearly a year now. Hence he was singing initially in a whisper. Teacher Zara chided him gently on that but instead of taking it in, he did the normal toddler thing. He sulked, muted his voice and refused to participate. He said he wanted out. He merajuk long time. Until we made him see the importance of singing out loud. Of how he could help his team and Teacher Zara to win. He understood and went to see his teacher – apologized comically and was back in the group.
  2. Obey instructions – he was able to move according to cues. He listened to Teacher Zara on when was the appropriate time to speak, eat and even pee. He was learning to respect authority accordingly.
  3. Be part of a team – he was engaging with his friends as a team player. He acknowledged his team-mate as the group leader and himself as a team member.
  4. Interact with a wider group of people – that the world does not evolve around him per se. That there are other preschool kids just like him at a different place.
  5. To win, you must make an equally good effort – his team won 3rd place in the competition and the prize came with a mini trophy. He was so proud of it he posed a selfie with it quite frequently. He also had a bonus lesson; that life is unfair sometimes. He was surprised when his cousin who fell sick on that day could still get the trophy despite not singing the nasyid. Ha ha ha..

As a young mother, I am looking forward to more life lessons like these. Congratulations Ee, Mummy is very proud of you.

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29 Sept – International Coffee Day

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Describe briefly your early experience of drinking coffee

Coffee consumption was apparently a big deal when I was younger.

Aik Cheong Instant Coffee was my maiden taste of coffee. In fact my father freaked out when he knew that his 14 year old daughter does not order MIlo Peng or Teh C Peng anymore. His advice regarding caffeine consumption was lengthy – he even puts limits to the cups I drink in a day and the timing I take this beverage. Amidst the unnecessary chaos, I was thinking ‘WOW.. this is a really grown up, adult drink’. Later on, father was more relaxed – it became my way of knowing that father has started to accept that his little princess is entering the young-adult phase.

Despite my love for coffee, mainly for its aroma and temporary high alertness properties – I wouldn’t declare myself a fanatic. You could put a Trung Nguyen brew and a Kopi Luwak in front of me and I wouldn’t know the difference. Not that I’ve tasted the latter though.

Instant coffee have always been a my choice for the daily fix. I did buy a coffee maker machine to brew my own cuppa but unfortunately the  pot fell off the counter and I haven’t been able to brew my own for ages. The Trung Nguyen grounded coffee  is still standing strong in my pantry.

What do you look out for when you buy your coffee

Cheap Affordable or perhaps a better way of putting it – is good value for your money, anything that has ‘milk’ in it and a wonderful aroma.

In a cafe, what would be your favourite choice of coffee

I normally order the ones that I could easily pronounce – like Latte & Cappuccino. So a trip to Starbucks is very daunting and intimidating. Perhaps the most comfortable cafe I’ve been to is bing! in Kuching. I love not only the coffee but the tasty panini as well. They even serve many lovely pots of tea. My new favourite tea after Twinings Lady Grey has got to be their Camomile Tea.

Sadly, I have yet to try Coffee Art drinks – that would be a lovely experience innit

How important is coffee in your daily life – what benefits do you see in coffee

My 3-in-1 is my eye opener in the morning especially on oncall days when you’ve stayed up the whole night – managed to get a wink and suddenly you need to be on the roll again. My max number of servings in a day is probably two and I try to avoid taking them late in the evening as I treasure my sleeping hours very much.

I see it as a bonding agent, an element one could use for socialising or discussing serious matters. Don’t we always hear “let’s talk about this over a cup of coffee, ey?” or when you want to invite someone to your home ” would you like to come in for coffee?” Honestly just say yes even though she serves instant coffee.

Apparently, coffee too have beauty-related benefits. My father just came back from a working trip to Medan the other day and they had a spa session using coffee based skin scrubs. He said he smelled like a blend of Arabica and Robusta. Lol..

I am open to coffee products of SME businesses. For example the Hai O Mineral Coffee and the variety of Kopi Delima sold at Kip mart and all. These coffee however are usually not a mere 3 in 1. they sometimes have 14 in 1. *gasp*. interestingly, these alternative coffee are more expensive that the mainstream ones we see on TV like Nescafe and its friends. As of tomorrow, I’m just going to stick with my Old Town Hazelnut coffee.

Happy Coffee Day.