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    Kids Bazaar… Run by Kids..For Kids!

    My daughter got so excited to join the Kids Bazaar organized by a group of friends.

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    Few days before the event, she got excited and even design her own bracelets.

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    Chrissa’s Design

    I asked her to gathered whatever bracelets and key chains that we did before to add into to her collections of items to sell at the Kids Bazaar.

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    They were so excited for the event, they woke up and got ready early for the event.  My son doesn’t want to missed out, he supposedly attending his weekly kololo training in Seri Mengasih but i thought this is a good social skill training.

    Once we reach the venue, set up their so called booth, combined with her friends the items they are selling.  I teach them how to do inventory list, preparing their petty cash, listing down quantity and price of items.

    Waiting For Customers

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    They were waiting.. and waiting anxiously ..  i can hear them talking to each other “come lets see what they are selling”..”ada jual food” they were busy talking, so i decided to walk around with Sean.  Sean bought foods.. yay! spaghetti for breakfast.

    No Business Owner! No Customers!

    Coming back from our shopping spree with Sean.  Surprise! there is nobody at the booth ! what!? I decided to find and remind them their duty and responsibility.

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    The Taukeh!

    I asked Sean to be the ‘tauke’ for the day.  Don’t he look like one nice taukeh? Enjoying his food while waiting for customer to come… aah i know he can handle customers… he is too friendly 🙂

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    In Search For The Girls…

    As i was walking… taraa! found these girls.. wandering around excitedly..forgotten about that they are too running a business at that same moment.

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    Wait!  ..lets see where they were up to ..

    Aha!… foods.. spaghetti.. how can you resist the foods and the team with good marketing strategy.  “get your spaghetti here! come! come!

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    Look at the smile …patiently waiting for customers.

     

    No one can resist this cute boy.. only rm1 for a cupcake.. do your own design…everybody loves it.

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    Wait… there are not back yet.. they are going somewhere else.. and there i was looking from far for their next destination.

    They were approached by a pretty girl “hi, would you like to take a photograph? … its free”

    Photo booth by runs by Maya. 

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    They did not missed out the face painting… its fun to see them walking around doing inspection from one booth to another.

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    Back to Business!

    Whenever people come to the booth i walk away.. i look and listen how the communicate with their customers (big and small).

    They were so inspired by how other kids promoting their business, so they decided to do their own marketing strategy, walking around  with their place cards while one of them attend customer at their booth.

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    They look nervous attending their first customer but after awhile.. they gets better.  Even my son started calling people to buy “come beli”! beli!

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    The Last Customer

    There are some negotiations going on… Lona didn’t have enough money.. she only got rm4 but the bracelet cost rm5.  “What do you do Lona”, asked her mum.  Okay.. because she is so cute.. not only Chrissa gives her discount.. she gave her free key chain. Probably its her way of her marketing strategy and because she was the last customer before we ‘tutup kedai’ close their booth and packed their things.

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    The Best Day Ever!

    Whenever my daughter says.. ‘The Best Day Ever’ she really mean it.. they had great fun, i did too.. we all had great time.  I cant describe how awesome that day was.  There were music, bubbles, kids running the booths..kids running around.. kids playing games, its full of laughter and happiness.

    We have our tummy full of foods, from cotton candy.. spaghetti, cupcakes.. drinks. Had fun with the games and lots of prices. We met new old and make new friends. Oh its  the feeling of satisfaction.  I might have forgotten some details.. but if you were there, then you know what i meant.

    We are so blessed and glad to be part of the Kids Bazaar.  Kids learn a lot from it, from communication, marketing, handling money.  It shows that learning does not need to be stressful but fun and enjoyable.

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    The Unbreakable Family

    I attended a Seminar on Family Therapy by Dr. Fred Toke, PsyD (Lee Community College, Singapore), participants mostly  Counselors, Psychotherapist, Lecturers and others in the same related feel.  It is quite interesting, as there are also a sharing experiences by a young lady who had gone divorce process.  To her, she sees her experience as a ‘I am free’ and there are also amongst the participants that i sense, not quite agreed with her.   We can’t be judgmental on a person, we don’t know what they been through.

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    “Till death do us part…” a promise given by two individuals in a marriage matrimony.  There are no perfect marriage, understanding and trust are based in a good marriage.  Sometimes, a marriage can  be in trouble but yet there are always solution in making sure there are no broken promises.  No ideal marriages that we can relate to but we can create our own ideal marriages between the couples.

    We can’t be judgmental in anyone’s marriage, some look as they are not happy but they are happy with each other its just they don’t show it.  Some looks like a marriage made in heaven yet its breaking inside.  No matter which one yours belong to, nobody should judge you because nobody can help you.  God will guide you if you asked and if both spouses work together to mend the relationship.

    When we senses our marriage in trouble, the first think couple usually react is to tell others rather than talking to the spouse.  The problem is that men seems don’t really cares or listened because they don’t reply much but women tend to talk too much as they forgot to listen.  If there are problems, communication is the best way to search for the cause and effect.

    Some family keep problems within their family, depending of what problems and how they handle their problems. There are many problems in each family, to have a family meeting is a good way of communication and let children share their opinion.

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    Problems such as financial, study, relationships are normal in family..but there are no rooms for abuses in family.

    “Emotional abuse is any nonphysical behavior or attitude that controls, intimidates, subjugates, demeans, punishes or isolates another person by using degradation, humiliation or fear” (www.focusonthefamily.com).

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    There  are two kind of abuses, emotional and physical.  Physical abuse  is when someone hurts or injured you on purpose leaving scars and bruises.  It is easier for a wife and those surround to recognize that she’s being abused.

    Emotional abuse, however, is much more insidious and not quite as visible. Certainly, a wife’s self-esteem and spirit are battered along with her body in the case of physical and verbal abuse, but a husband can kill his wife’s spirit without even raising a hand or voice against her. For this reason, many women don’t even know they’re being abused, or if they do it’s a long and difficult battle not only to work to repair the damage done themselves, but to get the abuser to recognize the harm that he’s done.

    “Nonphysical behavior or attitude” can safely be interpreted to mean neglect, invalidating another’s thoughts and feelings, and refusing to acknowledge the needs of the other (whether intentionally or not). Over a period of time, this kind of emotional climate in a marriage can squeeze the life out of a marriage and out of a wife. (EmpowHER)

    There are always helps… nobody deserve to be treated such way…and its not your fault .. you are the victim.  Same goes to the predator, help are needed to threat such behavior.  Search for the root of cause, we are all born ‘white’ these spots of sin need to be cleared before we die.  Save your souls!

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    Family is a journey … Husband is the pilot and wife is the co-pilot.  Both set goals and vision for their family.. somehow pilot get tired, co-pilot need to take charge without going over the pilot tittle.  The children are the crew of the ship.. to make the journey smooth sailing.. everybody needs to work together.  It needs more than love, hope, patience.. family needs God.  Family that prays together, stays together.

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    This is only my personal opinion, i can be wrong because i am not perfect myself and i do learn from others, also from my husband and children.    We are human, we makes mistakes, i don’t see its wrong when your spouse or kids come to you asking for forgiveness and you help them through.

    Its natural for believing that God never listen to our prayers without realizing God have been helping us, our family since the beginning.  images

    This six ethics of life is interesting to keep in mind.. and as reference to us, in our family.  May God bless all family in the world.. guide us, protect us and gives us wisdom.

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    Learn to Teach

    My son told me he have maths homework, it was simple addition but he seems to have problem to understand it.  I tried the simple way but it doesn’t work for him.  So i decided to use all the senses, hand.. fingers ..how number 0 is invisible, using my voice, making a rhythm saying the numbers.. touch his shoulder or hand whenever he misses something or got it right.  Now i am starting his way of learning and it is not easy for me.. but will be easy for him.

    I remember teaching my daughter maths before her exam, she hated maths..well so do i but i asked her..what would she feel if she able to do this right.. “happy” she exclaimed.  Using all the senses.. adding emotions.. helps my girl.  She got 80 marks for her maths exam.. that thrills her, jokingly i asked her “..and who make you got 80?”.. “yaaaa mum..you“. Its not the marks i am happy about, its the joy of understanding how they learn.  I also realized my daughter learn like me, read aloud and sharing what we learn to others is one of our best way to understand things better.

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    It is a challenge for educators to understand each of their students learning style but as parents, we can learn to understand their learning style and probably discuss with their teachers.

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    I then wonder, why i did not discovered this back then, when i was studying.  Nothing is considered late when its come to learning… that is why we call it ‘discovery’.  Self discover happened when we eager to know something and willing to learn.  You will then discover that you are intelligent because everyone born with intelligent but somehow just did not discovered it soon enough.

    Happy learning everyone!