Thursday, February 26, 2015

Book of the month : JJ's Science Adventure (Heat & Light)



The JJ's Science Adventure series is written by Aurelia Tan and her team, based on Singapore's MOE Science Syllabus. It is written in as an educational comic book which is relatively easy to understand.

Little One was first introduced to JJ's Science adventure last year when we won a book "Magnet" from Mum in the making. This sparks curiosity for Little One to Science as magnets are pretty amazing items for little children like her. The story of JJ had embedded in her mind so much that when she saw the second book, "Heat & Light", she just had to get a copy.

The book "Heat & Light" continues the story from the first book" Magnets". This time the JJ embark in the journey to discover heat and light.

From the book, Little One learns more about shadows and conductors of heat. Of course, there were more but these concepts are easy to grasp as these are closely associated with her daily activities. There is even a DIY to show how to create a bigger or smaller shadow.

On this post, I would share with you what are the activity children can do with light to generate interest in the topic.
Little One loves to play with shadows. Wayang Kulit is a great activity to introduce light. One can move the puppets towards or away from the light source so as to create a bigger or smaller shadows.
Wayang Kulit is one of her favorite show. I would bring her to watch when there is one.
Or you can make your own shadow appear bigger and longer or smaller and shorter when you are near the streetlamp. If you enjoy playing with shadow like Little One, my question to you is do you know to create multiple shadows like the one below?

Playing with shadows

PS: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are our own.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Nostalgic Lanterns @ River Ang Pow

During Chinese New Year, we love to get down to Marina Bay to view lantern display when we find time. It is usually very hot during the day. Hence usually, we would go after dinner. I guess many people love to view lanterns at night as it is cooler and prettier when the lanterns are lighted up. This year,  the theme for River Ang Pow is SG50 and nostalgia. Below are a series of lanterns in River Ang Pow.
Peacocks

God of Fortune (a must for River Ang Pow)

SG50 Giant Mural Wall

Lantern of Pelican playground
Dragon playground ( The Lights up close)
Lion Dance with Singapore Sling and retro F&N glass bottle

Red Pillar Box which is no longer in use except the one outside Philatelic Museum 

Great Pine Tree with cranes => determination, wealth and power.

Merdeka Bridge and Merdeka Lion. Do you know of its history?
Kampung house , a sight that is not common in modern Singapore

Old Singapore River

The 12 zodiacs on sampan boats. This year is the year of the goat, sheep or ram, hence, featuring mountain goats on this sampan. The rest of the zodiac are further away from one another.

The entrance

Besides this lanterns, there are quite a few others lanterns on display. My personal favorite is the pine tree. There is performance every night, lantern riddles and traditional art and craft to look forward to. 

River Hong Bao (Ang Pow )
The Float @ Marina Bay
20 Raffles Avenue
Singapore 039805

On display till 28th Feb 2015
Free admission

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Chinese New Year Visitation

In a flash, 5 days of Chinese New Year had past. Most people would have resume their work life.

After reunion on New Year's eve, we stay awake to "shou sui" 守岁. The purpose of doing this  is that Chinese believe children who Shou Sui will increase the longevity of the parents.

During the 1st day of Chinese New Year, we would visit homes of my in-law's relatives to "bai nian" 拜年 . The first stop would be at my in-law home, after that, we would went visitations from house to house. Children and elderly would be given "ang pow" 压岁钱./ 红包(red packets with money).

We would continue visitation to other relatives on the second day. Usually, married daughters would visit their parents during this time. Hence, we would visit the home of the mother's family..Usually, by the end of the day, we would be pretty worn out with all the bustling activities that had been going on

This series of photo is the highlight of visitations.
Typically, during "Bai Nian", one would use a pair of Mandarin Oranges and say something auspicious to the other party. During this time, ang pows are given to the children or elderly.
We were visit as an extended family to other relatives' home. The visiting group will get bigger and bigger.

Yusheng (3 plates on the right), an auspicious dish in Singapore. 
Lohei ( an activity in which we would toss Yusheng in the air to signify that the coming year would be a prosperous year) in progress.

New Year goodies
Lunch at a relative's place

Home made Dinner in buffet style


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