*Picking up the drum*

Over the holidays we went to visit a few recycle shops to check on some toys and came across a very good condition drum set. I asked the girls if they are keen and only the baby wanted to have a go at it.

I asked Darrius if he would like to pick up drum lessons when he goes back to school and he was having mixed feelings. I told him we can send hims for special edition DW to get him acquainted with drum playing so he will have a better grip when he attend proper lessons.

Till then, I am not going to worry too much.

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Back to school!

Summer holiday came and gone and in a week time school will reopens for 2015! How time flies!!! This year Darrius will be in Grade 4 and Miss G will be in Prep! She is finally joining the big school!

We are all prepared with the new gears… bags and lunch bags (Frozen theme of course!) …uniforms and all the misc! She is excited but she tends to forget when she plays and chatter away! I hope she is not Ms Chatterbox in class!!!

As for this mommy… that means the lunch boxes will be rolling in once again! Hadn’t been posting much as I can hardly find the time to process the photos and typing out but will try to do that more in the coming weeks :)

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*Saxaphone*

I don’t play the saxaphone so when someone mentioned about Vandoren reeds alto sax, I have the faintest idea what it is until I searched the internet.

The reed vibration controls the air flow into the saxophone and it is the key to making a sound! Most reeds are given a rating of strength of 1 through 5. The lower the number, the lower the reed which is softer and the higher the reed, the stronger it is. Generally, most beginner will start of with a lower reed and the advanced players will usually use a hinger reed.

Well, there are certainly lots of things to learn when one picks up a musical instrument!

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ECO Lunch Box

I have been contemplating of getting a set of the ECO lunch box for the longest time  as I really like the stainless steel look and feel! However, these lunch boxes don’t come cheap! Also, it can’t be used in the microwave so I just can’t decide!

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Still thinking hard if I should get it as the set above cost about $30. I already have too many bento boxes but they are all plastics so would love to add something different to my collection…

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*Dance production*

What do you know! It is the final term already! This is the time of the year where the kids in school will have loads of fun activities… yes, unlike the scenario in Asia where students are busy preparing for final exams, the kids in Australia will be having year end fun!

Darrius’s will be having his school’s dance production next month which he he is pretty excited about. The theme is not out yet but it should be by next week and the kids will start to rehearse. Not sure how it will be this year but every year the school will do a different music era.

We are looking forward to it and hopefully this year they will engage some DJ or something with good quality mf  and sound mixer to make it more professional. Whatever it is, we are excited for the kids!

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Cooking demo in kinder

I was invited by Glennedine’s kinder to do some cooking demo to the kids. I have not decided what to do yet but will try to do something simple so the kids can take part and have fun.

Will probably do some sammies decorated with funny eyes :P

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*Karaoke session*

When we were in Malaysia last month, the kids were being exposed to a lot of things which they have not experienced before (for Darrius, he has forgotten!) and was curious! The girls especially, have not had any karaoke sessions before and they were very keen! Told them they can sing ‘Let It Go’ in the room and they were all excited!

We were very very tempted to check out the new karaoke place nearby the playland the kids were playing but they were too tired after their play. I did went to check the place out and they were quite trendy and during certain hours, they have special promos too. However, they don’t give those microphones like the mxl 990 condenser microphone in the rooms though… just some elcheapo brand mics… :P

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Imitation bento gadgets!

Last month when I was back in Penang, I managed to pop by Mr DIY in Penang Time Square and got a rude shock when I found these on one of the aisles…

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Yes, all the bento tools you and me paid a fortune for just a few months back are selling at less than half the price! My heart felt the pain as I have most of them bought from online bento shops at ‘premium’ prices. Some of them even brand new in their packaging as I have yet to try them out! *wailing*

 

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*Just 10 weeks to Christmas!*

Can you believe it???!! We are just about 10 weeks away to Christmas! I thought I have just put my Christmas tree away and now I’ll have to put it up again!!! Oh yeah, I got a bigger tree since the small one that I bought earlier looked too tiny in our huge room!

I am very excited (so are the kids!!!) to decorate the tree as I got quite a lot of new ornaments during the post Christmas clearance. Since baby is more grown up now, I am even contemplating of getting a department 56 snow village to add on! How exciting!!!

This weekend I am going to bring all the stuff out from storage!

 

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In Malaysia for vacation

We went back to Malaysia during the Term 3 school holiday for a short vacation. This is the first time we travelled back since we moved to Melbourne which is close to 3 years.

There were lots of changes both in Penang and KL but our time back is just too short so did not manage to check out most places  or meet up with all our friends and relatives.

However, it was good to be back though it was hot and hazy! At least we get to eat some of our favorite food back home!

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