Category Archives: Growing Pains

Aya, The Pokemon Artist

Aya has been bitten by the Pokemon bug. She plays it on her DS every chance she gets. Well of course I let her play from time to time, kids will be kids! 😉 She is quite taken with it, … Continue reading

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Piano Recital

Finally, a chance to perform on stage! Actually, Aya started taking piano lessons (in a group) as early as four years old; unfortunately, when we went to the UK, there had been no opportunity to continue her lessons (it was … Continue reading

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What’s That Word Again?

I was cooking dinner one evening, and my sweet daughter Aya was helping me in the kitchen. Out of the blue, she asked me, "Nanay, what does bitch mean?" I was taken aback, and immediately I worried about where exactly … Continue reading

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Ingglisera

"Why did the banana go to the doctor?" my six-year-old daughter asked me one day. Startled, I replied, "Well, why don’t you tell me?" Grinning from ear to ear, she excitedly said, "Because he was not peeling well!" This was … Continue reading

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Milky Teethy

Last month, the thing we had dreaded the most finally happened: Aya had started teething again. She was right on schedule, because children start losing their teeth around the age of six. Problem is, the milk tooth where the permanent … Continue reading

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The School Dilemma

A few months ago, Baggy and I were faced with a dilemma. We had to make a decision on where Aya will go for her schooling. We had to decide fast, because if Aya were to go to an international … Continue reading

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Immunisation vs. Immunization

The title above not only refers to the difference in convention of spelling adopted in British English as opposed to that adopted in American English. I’ve just recently found out that here in the UK, not only are the recommended … Continue reading

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Our Little Pianist

It has been a while since I last posted a video of Aya playing the piano. She is now in Primary 4, thankfully. Just six more months to go before she moves on to the Junior course. She has improved … Continue reading

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Daycare Issues

I’ve just received a copy of the city-issued newsletter, Tsukuba no Ko (Issue 61, 2008 03 18). This issue is interesting for me because it reports on the results of a survey conducted last year among parents who use the … Continue reading

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Class Concert

I just want to share video clips of Aya playing the piano while practicing for her performance in their class concert. It’s still a good two weeks away, but she has already memorized the notes by heart. I took her video … Continue reading

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